As is the way of events, one hears more of failures than of successes, but I am wondering, in light of the many news articles, if there is a built-in, perhaps genetic, predisposition for failure, in the adoptee, biological parents, and/or adoptive parents.
My personal experience and knowledge of adoptive situations have shown a markedly high failure rate but as initially stated, perhaps I have yet to hear from those who have enjoyed a rewarding and positive outcome, whatever their status in the dynamic might be . . .
My worst recollection of the situation was when I returned to civilian life from the military, in the early 50’s, and while renewing friendships with my old “crowd”, I asked, “How’s Paul doing, I haven’t seen him yet ?” and there were throat clearings from lowered heads, and finally someone spoke, “Paul is in a mental hospital – he got his draft notice, and his dad threw a going-away party for Paul and invited all of us, and in the middle of the festivities, he make an announcement, “Paul, you are going to war and you might not come back, and there is something I want to tell you: you are not my real son – you are adopted” and Paul just stood there, saying nothing, and finally collapsed, drooling, to the floor, and when we visit him at the hospital, he doesn’t seem to know any of us” . . .
Paul and his dad had always been close, doing things together, and apparently this was more of a shock than he was capable of handling . . .
Is it possible/likely that there is some inborn characteristic in a woman to be less of a mother, and therefore willing to give up her child, and further, is it possible that some aspect of this deficiency is passed along to the child, giving it an edge on performing less that normally in society, and further, is there some propensity in adoptive parents that can cultivate actions or attitudes toward their “new” child that can lead it astray of normal responses ? ?
There are too few beautiful stories, like the two sibs, and one of them says, “One of us is adopted, but we aren’t sure which”, but as stated, good stuff is supposed to happen and is, therefore, not newsworthy . . .