Imagining Another Life

Being adopted can be particularly difficult for international adoptees, who may wonder what circumstances in their home country brought them to the US.

Children who were adopted must find a way to come to terms with the reasons their birth parents decided to place them for adoption. Children adopted internationally have the additional task of understanding why no one in the country where they were born took them into their family. Just as children adopted domestically may conclude that they were somehow undesirable to their birth parents, international adoptees may conclude that there was something universally unappealing about them. How else to explain ...

As adolescents become capable of abstract thinking, they begin to wonder about the family and the country left behind — and the road not taken.

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