International Adoptions Essay

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INTRODUCTION The number of international adoptions taking place in the United States is steadily increasing. Many people looking to start a family in the United States are turning to international adoptions because the process is easier than adopting within this country. However, many of these adoptive parents are not ready for the challenges of adopting a child from another country. Not only are the adoptive parents and the children at different levels of readiness to attach but the child is forced into a new culture as well. Many of the children adopted internationally have been mistreated prior to adoption and as a resulting have great difficulty forming attachments with their adoptive parents. It is difficult for these internationally…show more content…
A number of children when adopted come to the United States with nothing from their cultural pasts and must face the anti-immigrant sentiment that is prevalent in our society. Many adopted children are mourning the loss of their cultural context in many ways that adoptive parents and practitioners are not prepared to deal with. Although the number of international adoptions are increasing in the United States there have been few studies focusing on the adjustment, identity, and attachment of international adoptees. There is very little research on adult adoptees and the ethnic/cultural socialization and identity developmental process. According to Freidlander (1999), most of the available research considers self-esteem or adjustment of adopted children, not the process by which they begin forming an understanding and acceptance of their identity. This topic merits attention in the research field so this study proposes to understand the adoptive experience of internationally adopted adults in terms of their identity development, attachment experience, and adaptation to life in an American family. A qualitative interview approach will be used while interviewing internationally adopted adults to understand the complex experience of adoption and how one adapts to this experience. This study is developed in hopes to inform prospective adoptive families and mental health practitioners of the experiences and challenges faced by international adoptees so they are
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