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This review is from: Adoption Nation: How The Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America (Hardcover)
As an adoptee who has searched for, found my birth family, and has had a positive reunion experience, I make it a point to read just about every book that comes out on the subject of adoption. "Adoption Nation" has some interesting information for prospective adoptive parents HOWEVER...I was shocked and disturbed by the authors reference to the fact that most adoptees adjust in today's society with few psychological repercussions. I have met and spoken with hundreds of adoptees over the past 15 years and most all of them have struggled with an identity crisis because they were lacking important historical and genetic information about themselves.
Being adopted is a very unique and often confusing experience. Not knowing where you came from and why you were given up can profoundly affect all areas of development from infancy through adulthood. The authors' casual attitude about these issues is WAY off the mark. It seemed to me that they were writing this book for adoptive parents, all the while making it seem that once their child comes home everything for the MOST part will be fine and dandy. Perhaps they should have spent more time addressing the possible issues that the adopted child will have to face because ultimately it's the adoptive parents that will struggle along with the child when these issues to pop up.