Anyone whose life has been touched by adoption knows that adoption changes you forever. Many people - whether adoptee, natural (birth) parent, or adoptive parent - find the adoptive experience quite different from what they imagined, and they ricochet from joy to grief to self-doubt. Guilt, depression, and confusion are common emotions following placement and adoption, and can make it difficult to feel whole and functional on a daily basis.
Common adoption-related concerns include Adoptive Parents * Connecting your child with his or her roots * Post-adoption stress or depression * Separating “adoption issues” from general “life issues”
Adult Adoptees * Talking to your adoptive family about your birth family * Search and reunion * Separating “adoption issues” from general “life issues”
Birth Parents * Post-placement grief * Search and reunion * Taking care of yourself
I understand the unique challenge of adoption and adoptive relationships. I live it. I've learned how to love it. You can too.