It is normal for children, adopted or not, to struggle with their identity as they move through each developmental stage of childhood. An adopted child may face greater difficulties as they question their own self-worth, where they fit into the family unit, and as they struggle to understand why they were given up for adoption.
Adoptive parents can greatly help their child through these difficult times by being honest and open about the adoption , by reinforcing the child’s importance within the family, and by creating an adoption lifebook that grows with the child throughout his/her lifetime.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|