Foster care adoption is a wonderful thing, because many children in the United States foster care system are waiting on a list for a very long amount of time. These adoptions are usually handled by several agencies including local and regional. Some states contract with licensed private agencies that recruit, train, and conduct in home studies for these adoptive parents and the children. In the United States prospective parents qualify as both foster and adoptive parents. Most children who are adopted by their foster parents and other children adopted by their relatives and this leave a large deficit of many thousands of children who are waiting for permanent families. While this is a joyful union for the children and parents, there are many problems with adopted children that must be overcome to have a good relationship.
Mental health experts are still at ends about whether or not adopted people have a greater level of mental illness than non adopted people. Percentages are differing between studies and range from five percentage to twenty five percentage of mentally ill and that is a wide margin of error. Many adoptive parents have a higher income threshold than the average American and as such can afford psychiatric treatment for troubled adopters. Another issue of problems is self fulfillment among those children.
Sometimes adoptive parents assume that a child needs psychiatric treatment because they were adopted and that is an incorrect assumption on their behalf. While being adoptive lends to more abandonment issues, these adopted children could be perfectly normal as well. Research often reflects incorrect numbers that these children “need” the psychiatric help because the new parents are dumping the children into therapy regardless if they truly need it. This is a minor failing with many statistics.
In a study on depression in childhood, the researchers did an involved study involving one hundred and eighty adopted children and two hundred non adopted children and their mothers. The adopted children had information on biological mothers that underwent testing before the child was born. Adoptive mothers answered questions about the children at ages nine, ten, eleven, and twelve. The researchers also wanted to find if depression was more common in males than in females and they eventually found no relevant difference. Ultimately the study did not find any evidence of correlation between adopted and non adopted children’s rate of depression, nor did they find evidence of a genetic link.
This means one of the main problems between adoptive children and their foster parents are not inherited or caused by their biological mother and they must be prevented and overcome by the new parents. Besides many other problems like adjustment and behavioral issues, most adopted children are very happy to be in new families.
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