I found this excellent article by Kathryn Patricelli, MA this morning on a mental health website. I’ve listed below some of the points that resonate most with my experiences.
- Adopted children may struggle with self-esteem and identity development issues more so than their non-adopted peers.
- When parents and children are visibly different (as with interracial adoptions), people outside the family may ask questions or (in an unsolicited manner) “share” their viewpoints on adoption and the appropriateness of adopting a child from another race or culture.
- Adopted children may also suffer from a loss of access to important medical or genetic birth family histories. Although adoption agencies take pains to gather medical and family history information, it is often not possible to have full information for the entire birth family.