Sometimes one of the most painful problems that pops up in the parent/child dynamic is a lack of trust. This is a delicate area in a relationship – tough to build, easy to break – and it can be especially challenging for many adoptive families.
Tomorrow’s Forever Family post deals with this:
Adoptees struggle with trust, some more than others, for a number of reasons.
Some feel abandoned by their birthparents, rejected on a level that’s so core to their being that it affects self-esteem and the ability to accurately perceive situations. Some grieve the loss of their first family, and that throws roadblocks up to building lifelong bonds with their adoptive family. Some can’t get beyond the pain of that first loss, making their ability to experience intimacy challenging at best.
Visit RFTM tomorrow to talk about attachment and abandonment issues in adoption.