It is more than a sad thought, but adoptee suicide is major problem. Adoptees are four times more likely to commit suicide than someone that wasn’t placed for adoption. So it’s important that you read this article about what you need to know and what you can do to help prevent adoptee suicide.
One major thing to do is to never put pressure on your child to feel grateful for the adoption. It is the parents that should feel gratitude for their child being in their lives.
Other parts this article touches on is to let your child feel emotions like anger and guilt over his or her adoption. These feelings are normal since adoption stems from loss. Allow your child to feel these emotions so that he or she can sort through them. Never be afraid to seek professional help for you and/or your child if you need it.
If you — or someone you know — need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.