BIO:I was born in Hanover, PA 45 years ago and was adopted by a loving family eight weeks later. I have since found and reunited with both sides of my biological family, though reunion has been a mixed bag at best for me. I am a member of many adoptee groups online and hope to continue to quietly inspire my fellow comrades as so many have inspired me. Sending out peace, love and light to all who need it – and “may we never back down from our words which we put to voice”. Nicole Blank, 45, Adoptee
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ADOPTED?
An Adoptee Prelude
“We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn.” – Tish Thawner
So many stories about adoption are written from the perspective of adoptive parents or potential adoptive parents. I read so many of those and say – did you ever ask how adoption has impacted or will impact the child being adopted? ?
It must be said that no matter how much love a new family has to offer a child, nothing can ever repair the wound and subsequent scar incurred when our first family left us. All adoptive parents must be prepared to soothe that scar which at best, will fade but never heal. And often, in the most trying times, that scar will tear open again and the healing must start from the beginning.
I have said it many times – all adoptees are the walking wounded.
For me, being adopted is part of my identity. It is never something that you can just “leave behind” at the door. One of my earliest memories was sneaking out of the Sunday school class because my mother was late to pick me up – I couldn’t have been more than four or five. I crept all the way up the hallway to the main church to see if I could find her, only to see her walking out the door (which turned out to be the door to the altar for communion, but at the time to me it was just a big door, and she surely was leaving me). I ran screaming across the front of the church calling to her and when I got to the other side, I was sobbing and asking if she was leaving me. I can’t even imagine what the pastor and parishioners must have thought. Nobody understands that hasn’t been in our position – most of us were relinquished at the moment of birth and you carry that trauma inside you throughout life. To me – every person is a potential abandoner, whether it be parents, friends, a spouse, an employer. I still worry to this day that everyone will change their mind about me and jump ship. As much as I can say – this is not normal behavior – I cannot stop this thought pattern. It is a part of me.
Adopted people have been to found to be four times more likely to commit suicide than those who are not adopted.
We also fill up therapists’ offices and psychiatric hospitals with eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction, and other anxiety and depressive disorders. And yet we are expected by society at large to be “grateful” to have been adopted and “saved” from abortion, our biological families, or being killed at birth in a dumpster (I was told all three things and more on many an occasion). Not many people outside of the adoption community itself will acknowledge the trauma that we carry. The wounds which no balm can reach. The tears cried out of sight from others when we are judged, gossiped about, and even unfriended when we dare to speak up and tell our truths.
Our truths are real.
Adoption is, often, a millstone around our necks.
To those in both our adoptive and biological families, our company of friends, our spiritual circles and beyond – please acknowledge and put forward our truths. That we were born into this world holding our own Scarlet Letter As – not for Adultery as in the timeless Nathaniel Hawthorne novel but for Adoption instead – and those who seek our silence and submission will find that we, too, have found our voices much as Hester Prynne did.
Adoption, when absolutely necessary, can be beneficial for all parties. But until all can accept that adopting a child comes on the heels of a great and tragic loss, no one can truly be saved.
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