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Common concerns families have

Video Transcript

Slide: Some common concerns families have

I suppose one of those common concerns that parents have when they’re raising children is when they’re looking at their adopted child is what my child dealing with right now- is that adoption or is it just regular kid stuff? That’s probably an issue that parents face throughout their child’s life from the time they are really young until they are young adults probably, so it’s an ongoing issue. I think it’s a question that children ask themselves. Is what I’m dealing with right now is it because I’m adopted or is it just because other kids aren’t being nice to me and that’s just a regular everyday thing?

 I think the thing that’s maybe one of the hardest things for families to deal with is the fact that there is loss in adoption and there is anger in adopted children because of that loss. I would say very often it’s that issue that families, and parents, are most concerned about and most worried about how to help their child through that. Also the issues of identity formation in a trans-racial family. I think those are other challenges that families face.

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