How International Adoptions Impact The Adopted Child
International adoption of a child comes with issues for both the child and the adoptive parents.
It takes time to adjust
In the best of circumstances any adoptive situation is never easy - neither for the adoptive parents nor the child involved. In instances of an international adoption, however, the difficulties are often intensified considerably due to the direct result of the additional issues of the overlapping cultures. The stress associated with international adoptions that is experienced by adoptive parents may frequently "trickle down" to the adoptive child, as perspective parents struggle with adoption agents, attorneys and and endless stream of governmental red-tape. In essence, the child may feel to be the central object in a game of tug-of-war, left wondering if the potential adoptive parents were such wonderful people why the necessity for so much fuss. In one form or another this specific issue requires a clear communication with the child concerned to reassure that the process is a legal requirement designed for their safety and nothing more sinister.
International adoptions can impact the child through the immediate presentation of the barriers associated with suddenly being thrust into a new culture in which they lack a clear understanding of function and purpose. This is especially problematic in international adoptions in which a child from a third-world country is adopted to parents that reside in a highly industrialized nation, as the traces of the old ways of life are gone. The difficulty of learning a new and unfamiliar language in a strange new society is tough enough for any child, but this issue is compounded when the line of communication between the child and the adoptive parents may be strained due to language barriers.
An adopted child that has been placed through an international adoption may also have severe difficulty with self-esteem while attempting to settle into a new lifestyle. When adopted to a more developed country than the one in which they were born, children that have been adopted internationally may find that the education that served them well previously is suddenly lacking in their new nation. Issues of race, fashion, religion and other beliefs may find an adoptive child as an outcast, struggling to discover how they fit into a new and odd world. All of these issues may lead to behavioral problems that a potential adoptive parent would be well advised to prepare for in advance, so that they may be addressed in a timely manner and be corrected quickly. In this way, an adoptive child can conquer potential issues and move forward.