Context is a great explainer. What would the world be like if everyone chose to view the actions of their fellow human beings with a wider lens? One that took into account where they come from and what their experiences have been, rather than one that renders judgment based on a narrow set of circumstances.

Unfortunately, children who were adopted have no access to their own personal context in many instances because the truth is hidden from them. Here are seven reasons why it’s important for a child who was adopted to know where he or she comes from.

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