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Myth #3 Adoption damages the child

Some believe that adoption damages the child, or that adopted children are not well-adjusted, or have mental health problems, or are damaged by the experience, or will grow up to have serious psychological problems, or feel bitter or rejected.

Adopted children do well in life. Studies have looked at various indicators of well-being and found adopted teens...

...received and benefited from lots of support from family, friends and others;

...were involved in many positive, structured youth activities, such as sports, music, congregational youth programs and community organizations;

...saw themselves as being as strong as their peers in personal identity and self - esteem;

...showed high levels of caring values and behaviors, such as volunteering.