5 Times I Have Felt Silenced in Adoption | Adoptee Perspective

Those who were adopted often feel like their voice is taken from them, overshadowed by their adoptive parents and birth parents or society. In closed adoptions, they are missing pieces and laws in place prevent them from finding their past. When a person is silenced, forward progress is halted. In adoption we need the voices of adoptees to be strong.

The voice of the adoptee is often drowned out in adoption conversations.

We all have our identities, our causes. Regardless of what they are, there are those who continue to embrace the status quo. They don’t want to rock the boat. Often, they fail to understand the genesis of the cause. Or they simply don’t care to, labeling those who evoke passion and righteousness into their particular movement troublemakers or complainers.  Adoption is no different. Those of us who continue to fight for our rights to unlock the unjustifiable secrets that seal our identities continue to feel silenced in many ways.

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Sarah - Content Specialist for adopting.org, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on Adoption.com.

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