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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Adopted Child Syndrome


Adopted Child Syndrome

Adopted child syndrome

Adopted child syndrome is a controversial term that has been used to explain behaviors in adopted children that are claimed to be related to their adoptive status. Specifically, these include problems in bonding, attachment disorders, lying, stealing, defiance of authority, and acts of violence. The term has never achieved acceptance in the professional community that denies the practice of child adoption has any psychological consequences or causes any long-term mental harm to the biological mother or her child. The adopted child that is removed, and the maternal bond is severed, the child's biological identity is erased, the adopted child is forced to assume a false, new personal identity and pretend to be the birth child of the adoptive parents. 

History of the term

David Kirschner, who coined the term, says that some of the adopted child population are not disturbed and that the syndrome only applies to "a specific clinical subgroup".
Researchers Brodizinsky, Schechter, and Henig find that in a review of the literature, generally adopted children before the age of six-months fare no differently than children raised with their biological parents during their young childhood years. The problems that develop in middle to late childhood among adopted children begin with their development of cognitive understanding of what adoption means to the adopted child. The older adopted child's whole understanding of adoption is monumentally different than the version that the parent tells the young child to believe. The young adult knowledge of what being adopted means to a teenager including the consequences of the many adoption losses, being genetically different and the adopted child's grief that he is not allowed to psychologically process, that is considered unacceptable to the adoptive family and society. 
The young adult adopted child's cognitive awareness of adoption and how the adopted child's life is personally impacted by it causes the adoptee ambiguity, confusion and psychological stress late childhood. Adoptive parents do not understand or acknowledge the adopted individual's psychological maturity and cognitive growth that is fueling the change in attitude toward being adopted. Instead the adoptive parents become angry, intolerant and discount the adoptee's changes as "acting out teenager", when in reality the adoptee is facing their own reality by realizing the adult truth about adoption. The adoptive parent prefers the four year old compliant child's reaction to being adopted although the child has no understanding about what adoption means. The young adopted child has no ability to understand complex concepts, definitions or thought processes, This is why the young adopted child is not reactive to being told that they are adopted as they have absolutely no idea what it means.
Young adopted children have no understanding of the adoption concept, that is why they are fine with it.

Psychologist Betty Jean Lifton, herself an adopted person, has written extensively on psychopathology in adopted people, primarily in Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience, and Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness and briefly discusses Adopted child syndrome.
Judith and Martin Land, Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child, (2011), identify genealogical bewilderment, oppositional defiant disorder, reactive attachment disorder, selective mutism, anti-social behavior, The Primal Wound and other related terms to describe potential effects of adoption on children who are orphaned, fostered, or adopted.