Don’t Adopted Kids Have Issues?

“One of the things I’ve heard more than once is that your adopted child is going to have issues. When I hear that, I want to say to them, ‘Who DOESN’T have issues?'”

Many people shy away from adoption because they’re concerned that the “baggage” that kids bring to the table might be too much for them to handle. While adoption does bring with it a unique set of circumstances that might lead to difficulties with attachment, identity, and the effects of trauma, says adoption social worker Joshua Redfern, “the reality is, ALL kids have identity issues, ALL kids have behavior issues at some point.”

Often it’s simply a matter of educating yourself on how to address those issues, just as you would with a child born to you. Says adoptive mom Jessie Jo Lundell, “Every child needs love. And if you can love a child unconditionally and support them and educate yourself and do the best that you can, that child’s going to be okay.”

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Rachel Skousen

Rachel has a long-held passion for adoption that was sealed through her work as the content manager at Adoption.com. She currently works as a content specialist at Adopting.org, finding and sharing amazing adoption content from across the web. She is a mom of three and loves reading and napping in her spare time.

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