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The World Isn't Kind To Adoptees
Right from the get-go, kids are faced with a skewed vision of what it means to be adopted. Media, especially children’s movies, frequently depict adoption as a comedic relief, an excuse for cruelty, or even as something that you could reverse (ahem, Despicable Me). Even positive models of adoption, like Superman, aren’t entirely realistic. What adopted children want is what all children want: to not be defined by circumstance and just be normal.

There are pressures on adoptees to be grateful to their adoptive families, which is not at all fair. Adoptees that seek out their birth families are often told that if they loved their adoptive families, they wouldn’t do so. Adoptees have a great need for therapy and assistance but are often guilted for it, despite adoptees having an increased rate of suicide.