Term Paper: Adoption Outcomes

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[. . .] Seth has since maintained contact with his birth mother, and has expressed the sentiment that he feels a huge "weight" has been "lifted of our shoulders" (AFN, 2003). Seth's experience was very positive in nature, and he has appreciated the opportunity to establish a relationship with his birth mother, though ultimately his adoptive mother is still his true "mom."

Another reunion story captured features a mother, Betsy LaSalle, who gave her son up for adoption when he was eleven months old because she could not care for him. Her dream was that "Someday he would seek me out, and shared my dreams for a reunion with my family and friends" (AFN, 2003). Betsy's wish came through, when a friend found her son searching for his birth mother online in a chat room. The two had a positive experience and reunion, and still communicate today.

Birthmothers often give up their children for a variety of reasons. Some come from abusive environments, others lack financial support, some have been traumatized and others simply are not able to take care of the children they conceived (AFN, 2003). As one birthmother writes to her unborn child whom she is giving to adoption network for placement, "I have so much to say to you, I never want to lose you as part of my life. I am 20 years old with an 18-month-old son, no high school diploma, no GED, no job and am in an abusive relationship with no where to turn" (Cornellier, 2003). This mother was looking to place her son in a home where he had opportunities, and she felt that an adoptive home might offer her son all that he deserved, which she felt she would not be able to give him.

Many people however, children and adults alike spend years searching with little or no success. Nancy Odierno tells the story of turning 39, and living through each year of life with "unspoken yearning," telling tales of trying to send out "telepathic waves" to her child to let her know that she is still thinking of her (Odierno, 2003). These experiences tend to result in some negativity, yet birthparents seeking out their children and adoptees alike rarely give up hope that someday they will be reunited with a positive outcome.


Though the collection of statistical data related to adoption has been somewhat scattered in recent years, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that shows that the majority of adoptee's will at some point in their lives seek out identifying information related to their birthparents. Most adopted children do feel they need to fill some kind of void in their lives.

Many birthparents also seek out information regarding their children many years after they have given up their children for adoption. The majority of reunions that occur between birthparents and children are positive in nature. Only a small portion of reunions result in negative experiences. Perhaps this is due to the overwhelming majority of statistics that point out that in a large majority of cases, birthparents give their children up for adoption because they feel that by doing so they are providing their children with the best possible outcome for success in the future.

Given the overwhelming amount of positive outcome information, it is likely that efforts in the United States from Adoption Agencies and government agencies will promote easier access to identifying information in the future.


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