We Need To Talk About Adoptee Suicide

It’s a fact that we can’t sweep under the rug: suicide rates among adoptees are higher than among the general population.

“This article is written for those adoptees who have struggled in silence, feel shame, or who feel disenfranchised and marginalized. I want these adoptees to know, and the broader public, that they are not anomalies,” writes adoptee Angela Barra.Recent suicides within the adoption community prompted her to step up and address this difficult topic in a recent article on Huffington Post.

Pointing to research that suggests that adoptees are four times more likely to commit suicide than people who were raised within their biological families, Barra states that we should need to stop selling adoption as a perfect and happy scenario for everyone involved.

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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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