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Impact of Adoption

Adoption is a lifelong journey — one that continuously shapes the lives of adoptive parents, birth parents and, most importantly, adoptees. Just as no two adoptions are alike, every adopted person’s experience is different. You may find that your adoption story has a significant impact on many areas of your life, or you may feel that adoption has not had many lasting emotional effects on you. Whatever your feelings toward adoption, it can be helpful to understand common adoptee perspectives on the issues and benefits of being adopted.
In the articles below, learn more about the long-term effects of being adopted and the ways in which your adoption may play a role in shaping your personal identity, your relationships and more. Discover how being adopted across races or cultures can further shape your adoption experience. Read about common emotional challenges that adoptees have faced, find tips for how to heal from any unresolved feelings of adoption loss or trauma, and more.

Adopted Adults and Relationships – How Are They Affected?

Adopted Adults and Relationships – How Are They Affected?

Could your adoption be affecting your relationships? Learn more about how adopted adults and relationships can sometimes be shaped by early experiences.

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Adoptee Issues: Understanding Adoption Trauma, Loss and More

Adoptee Issues: Understanding Adoption Trauma, Loss and More

Even when adoption is generally positive, some may struggle with certain adoptee issues. Here’s how to deal with adoption trauma, adoptee pain and more:

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Adoption and Identity: Issues to Be Aware Of

Adoption and Identity: Issues to Be Aware Of

What are the potential adoption identity issues for adoptees, and how can they be resolved? Learn more here if you’re struggling with adoption and identity.

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Am I Adopted? Finding Out You’re Adopted & What to Do Next

Am I Adopted? Finding Out You’re Adopted & What to Do Next

Finding out you were adopted can come as a shock. Here’s how to find out if you were adopted — and what to do after finding...

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Benefits of Being Adopted

Benefits of Being Adopted

There are some perks of being adopted. These are the three best benefits of adoption for children and adopted adults, according to recent studies.

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Internationally Adopted Children and Adults

Internationally Adopted Children and Adults

Do internationally adopted children and adults face unique challenges? Learn more about international adoptee issues here.

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Long-Term Effects of Adoption on Adoptees

Long-Term Effects of Adoption on Adoptees

What are the long-term effects of adoption on adoptees? Learn more about the positive and negative effects of being adopted.

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Transracial Adoptees – Common Challenges & How to Cope

Transracial Adoptees – Common Challenges & How to Cope

What are some of the unique challenges that transracial adoptees may face, and what steps can you take to develop a strong sense of racial identity?

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