The effects of adoption on children and parents (both adoptive and birth) can be generally grouped into seven areas: loss, rejection, guilt and shame, grief, identity, intimacy, and mastery/control. To learn more about these issues and how they affect each group, we recommend starting by reading "Lifelong Issues in Adoption" and then visiting our online Adoption Products for books on the emotional impact of adoption.
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