Can an Adopted Child Truly Live a Happy Life?

While going through an adoption, the adoptive parents often go through a number of concerns. And the same applies to the birth parents. When putting a child up for adoption, the biggest concern is, how can be the life of adopted children. Obviously, it is with the very intention that they are taking such a mammoth decision. But that doesn’t curb the concerns at all. The cultural values, the education the child will receive, the bondage is some important concerns of life of adopted children.

Let us dig a little deeper and try to find out about the life of adopted children.  Can they truly live a happy life or not.

Age of adopted child

Studies show that most adoption works fine for both families and more importantly for the child if adopted at a young age. Babies less than a year old might not be emotionally mature enough. But they can sense and miss the smell, sight or voice of their birth parents which mostly goes away within a few weeks. The adoptive parents shower extra care and affection to make the child comfortable.  These children tend to develop sound habits of reading, performing arts or any other extra curriculum. An adopted child was most likely put up because of his birth parent’s financial condition. Under such circumstances, these children do get a better education, healthcare and other little provisions which they otherwise wouldn’t.

The child’s upbringing

Similarly, another important aspect and probably a crucial one in a child’s upbringing is the dilemma to maintain contact with the birth parents. Both parents think it is better for the child to not be in constant communication with the birth parents. While in some cases adoptive parents encourage the children to communicate with their biological parents. Although it is not strictly necessary, but when adopted children are not kept away from their actual parents, they seem to lead a happier content life and cope with grief and abandonment issues better. At some point, it is absolutely necessary they know the details about their adoption.  In such circumstances, the availability to communicate with their biological parents acts as a boon.

Initial days of adoption

Often termed as open or semi-open adoption, these adoption cases turn out to be more successful with access to their birth parents. Family history, genealogy and even their medical history details are available.  Being able to communicate with their biological parents helps the adopted children in accepting the adoption.  They come to terms with it without having to suffer from any kind of abandonment issues which is quite common. Moreover, they have a touchstone to relate where their physical characteristics or traits came from.  It prevents any kind of identity issues in their adolescent phase. The openness and encouragement of adoptive parents inculcate a positive feeling towards their birth mother.  At the same time, these children accept and bond better with their adoptive parents.

It all breaks down to how secure and comfortable the child is while growing up. As long as a child has a healthy identity development, he will face lesser issues.  Life of adopted children can be truly happy and successful.

But there are certain things that you can never expect from your adopted child.  Also revealing about adoption to your child is a sensitive issue.

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