The Lifelong Trauma of Adoption Relinquishment

The general public sees adoption as an act of altruistic love — a “win-win” wherein an otherwise “unwanted” child is “saved” by parents seeking a child who are admired.

Such is the dominant narrative about adoption: a fairy-tale story about children being “chosen” by their “forever” families as seen through the lens of, and told by, those for whom adoption is the joyous culmination of longings — a dream come true — a positive event that is celebrated.