Adoption causes lifelong challenges for members of the adoption community – adoptees, parents and their extended family members, and, adoptive parents and their extended family members. How and when you are affected by challenging issues of adoption depend on many factors, including your personality, family dynamics, and what might be happening in the world around you. Members of the adoption community may experience any number of issues because of adoption such as:
– Shame and guilt
Awareness of these issues can help families better understand each other and the personal effects of adoption. Each person’s experience of adoption is as individual as that person is. Nobody should be criticised for how they feel about their own experiences as they have lived these experiences.