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.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Adoptive Families in Distress


 Adoptive Families in Distress

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Rikarby.G.A.: Lee.M.M.: Said.J.: Eagan.P.:
In a study of 22 adoptive families, themes that emerged included problems with bonding, motivations for adoption, and psychiatric illness of parents. Implications for adoption workers are discussed,
Recent studies have reported that up to 13.3% of children attending child psychiatric services were adopted, compared with a much smaller incidence of adoption in the general population. Explanations offered for this are,

  1. Adoptive parents used services more.
  2. Records of agencies were inadequate.
  3. Particular conflicts due to adoption led to more disturbance.
  4. Different attachment/bonding in adoptive families.
  5. Pathological motivation for adoption.
  6. Severe damage to the families from failure of parental self esteem due to sterility.
  7. Unrealistic expectations and hopes of adoptive families.
  8. More psychopathology in adoptive families.
  9. Adoptive children were "inferior genetically" or "deprived".
There was a failure in seven families of mother-child bonding and poor bonding in another. There were also indications of fathers failing to accept children. These results threw into focus the theory that there may be greater bonding difficulties with a mother taking a child suddenly (easy come, easy go). Four of the seven families had members with diagnoses of major mental illness.Children were adopted to replace dead children in six instances and in one of these the presenting child at the clinic was the "companion" for the specific replacement child. With another of the six it was explained that the mother's psychiatric illness prevented her from having a third child: with neither of these was there acknowledgement of sterility.
Overall there was retrospective evidence of pathological motivations in at least half of the families.
With respect to individual members, major psychiatric illness was evident in eight parents and there were indications of many grossly neurotic or disturbed interactions in eleven other families.
They summarise by saying that: Where a child has not developed in the mothers uterus, it has no biological links with the family and is not seen as a continuation of life of the parents and grand-parents. Bonding then, may be a very difficult process. In addition the short time of notice that is given to adopting parents that they may collect their baby may add further dangers to the development of bonding.
It is strongly suggested that adoption workers should carefully examine adopting parents and their psychiatric state before approving them for adoption.