NPR reports “Most Adopted Children are Happy”

I feel like I’ve been saying “Good grief!” all day long. NPR reports:

According to the most extensive national data ever collected on adopted children and their families in the United States, the vast majority of adopted children are in good health and fare well on measures of social and emotional well being.

Called “Adoption USA,” the report was written by researchers at Child Trends and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was based on questions in the first-ever National Survey of Adoptive Parents, a federal survey of 2,000 families that had adopted children through foster care, private domestic adoption or international adoption.

Interesting. They surveyed adoptive parents about how their kids are doing? Apparently, the researchers think children and young adults can’t speak for themselves. Apparently, adoptees don’t grow up into adults who are thoughtful and reflective about their experiences. Apparently, adoptees are not experts on their own experiences. It’s good that researchers find that most adoptees are happy and healthy, but when those stories are filtered through the adoptive parents, I wonder just how true they are. As well, stories like these tend to promote adoption and make less visible the ugly underside of adoption – the benign or covert racism/classism/nationalism/entitlement, the intercultural conflict, abandonment and loss issues, ethical practices issues, etc.

Interestingly, they also report:

Adopted children are more likely to have been diagnosed with depression, ADD/ADHD or some sort of behavior disorder.

This is consistent with Tobias Hubinette and (Beth) Hei Kyong Lo’s research that transracially/transnationally adopted Koreans have higher rates of depression, mental health issues, and suicide.

Read the full article here.

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