About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Forced Cultural Assimilation of Adopted Children


Forced Assimilation and Identity Loss In Adopted Children's Future Functioning __________________________________________

Forced assimilation is a process of forced cultural assimilation of adopted children, into an established and generally larger community. This presumes a loss of Identity and many characteristics which make their minority status unique to themselves and biologically, cultural and religiously different from the adopting family.
Culture shock 
is the personal disorientation a person may feel when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to child adoption. One of the most common causes of culture shock involves individuals in the foreign adoptive environment. Culture shock can be described as consisting of at least one of four distinct phases: Honeymoon, Negotiation, Adjustment, and Mastery.
The most common problems include: Information overload, not enough information to solve the mystery of Identity, skill interdependence, formulation dependency, home sickness, lack of grief process for pre-adoption life and loss (cultural), infinite regress (homesickness), boredom (job dependency), response ability (cultural skill set) There is no true way to entirely prevent culture shock, as individuals in an adopted society are personally affected by cultural contrasts differently and lacking true Identity keeps the adoptee from knowing the culture he is from.
Reverse Culture Shock (a.k.a. "Re-entry Shock", or "own culture shock") may take place — returning to one's biological home culture after growing accustomed to a new one can produce the same effects as described above. These are results from the psychosematic and psychological consequences of the readjustment process to the primary culture. The affected person often finds this more surprising and difficult to deal with than the original culture shock. This phenomenon, the reactions that adoptees of the adopted culture exhibit toward the re-entrant, and the inevitability of the two are encapsulated in the saying first coined by Thomas Wolfe in his book "You Can't Go Home, Again".

Forced Adoption Assimilation Outcomes:
There are three basic outcomes of the Adjustment Phase:
  • Some people find it impossible to accept the foreign Identity, culture and can't integrate. The adopted children isolate themselves from the adoptive family environment, which they come to perceive as hostile, withdraw into a ghetto and see return to their own culture as the only way out. These "Rejectors" also have the greatest problems re-integrating the life before the forced adoption.
  • Some people integrate fully and take on all parts of the host culture while losing their original identity. This is called adoption's culture assimilation. They normally remain in the adoptive forever. This group is sometimes known as "Adopters" and describes approximately 10% of expats.
  • Some people manage to adapt to the aspects of the host culture they see as positive, while keeping some of their own and creating their unique blend. They have no major problems returning home or relocating elsewhere. This group can be thought to be some what cosmopolitan Approximately 30% of expats belong to this group.
Culture shock has many different effects, time spans, and degrees of severity. Many people are handicapped by its presence and do not recognize what is bothering them.

Transition shock

Culture shock is a subcategory of a more universal construct called transition shock. Transition shock is a state of loss and disorientation predicated by a change in one's familiar environment which requires adjustment. There are many symptoms of transition shock, some which include:
  • Excessive concern over Identity or lack of true Identity
  • Feelings of helplessness and withdrawal
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Glazed stare
  • Desire for home and old friends
  • Physiological stress reactions
  • Homesickness
  • Boredom
  • Withdrawal from forced community
  • Suicidal or fatalistic thoughts
  • Excessive sleep/depression
  • Compulsive eating/drinking/drugs/alcohol
  • Stereotyping adoptive and biological parents
  • Hostility towards adoptive parent 
  • Hostility towards Adoption Industry