The Struggle of Adoptive Children: Interpersonal Relations

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Adoption can be one of the most useful social institutions available for children and families. More open and liberal attitudes towards adoption have made the placement of children available to ever more social groups. …

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(Wegar 363). In addition to society's views, the reality of the path towards adoption forms values and concepts within the child. These experiences may make it difficult to form personal relationships amid feelings of mistrust and low self-esteem. Adoptive families and adopted children may face a life long struggle to normalize their personal relationships in their life with each other and those outside the family unit.One of the main considerations in the future that adopted children face in forming relationships is the mental state of the child at the time of adoption. Adopted children have often been subjected to severe loss. They have lost their parents, siblings, and other family members. In cases of international adoption that have become more prevalent, there will be a cultural loss, language replacement, and possibly the loss of racial heritage ("Impact of Adoption" 3). The adopted child may feel that the loss was due to their fault and question their own self worth. This loss of self-esteem will follow the child throughout life as they struggle to realistically assess their own value in a personal or intimate relationship. ...
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