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Parents who adopted children born between 1940 and the early 1980s in the United States grew up in a world in which adoption agencies and the general public strongly believed that maintaining absolute secrecy and cutting off all connection with the child's birth family were essential for protecting the child's emotional well-being (Carp, 1998; Herman, 2008).
It is a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family because of neglect, abuse or perhaps just because their parents are unable to cope," he said.
Clr Cath Harris said: "It's a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family, because of neglect, abuse or perhaps just because their parents are unable to cope.
In this period she finally found her birth family but then suffered the new pain of being rejected as "a self-opinionated lesbian snob", a story she told in her 1997 one-woman show, "White Baptist Abba Fan" which toured Australia before success on the international circuit.
The vast majority of privately fostered children will be well cared for, but still experience stress and anxiety from being separated from their birth family.
She draws upon her many years of personal experience and professional expertise to write a definitive instruction manual for those adoptees who seek to identify and locate their birth parents or their children given up for adoption in "Adoption Records Handbook: Birth Family Searches Made Easier With Self-Help, Tips, Registries, Search Angels, Pro Se Legal Forms, etc.
I never really talked about it with my adoptive parents but curiosity is now getting the better of me and my wife is encouraging me to look for my birth family again.
She may have spent many years struggling to decide if she should go ahead - tracing your birth family isn't something to be undertaken lightly.