Does An Adopted Child Really NEED a Therapist?

By Lori Holden

Question: Some kids in my adoption community have history, sometimes unhappy, harsh, and/or abusive history before they joined their families. The kids sometimes talk about their history with their adoptive mothers who attend a support group I host. Is that enough? Or is it better that these children work with a therapist? If these children … Continue reading Does An Adopted Child Really NEED a Therapist?

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Lori Lavender Luz
"I write from Denver, and I’m passionate about de-freakifying open adoption and ending discrimination against adoptees. I’m in the trenches figuring out this parenting thing. I notice perfect moments and encourage you to do so, as well. I am a New Age Libertarian. I study the chakras, practice yoga and ayurveda, and tell stories. My book, The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole — written with my daughter’s birth mom — was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield and is garnering rave reviews." Find Lori here:

2 Comments on "Does An Adopted Child Really NEED a Therapist?"

  1. Dawn M Alliger | January 31, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Reply

    My daughter found me after 50 yrs.we had a great reunion,I thought, she has backed away and will not communicate,I’m devastated, her daughter responds,but don’t know what to do next ,it’s been 10 months since I heard fr her.

  2. Jacquie Sallemi | February 6, 2018 at 10:46 pm | Reply

    Yes. An adoptee should have a therapist.
    There should be case managers assigned to adopted families in appropriate groups. Services for mental and emotional health should be free to the adoptee, adoptive parents, and birthparents. Even a “good” adoption has situations and issues that may be addressed successfully with the proper “therapy”. As an adopted “child”, I could have and still need a therapist. With such an issue as adoption and multiply parents, there needs to be a safe space for all involved. A non-biased person with no stake in the outcomes other than to facilitate better mental and emotional health for all.

    Jacqueline Sallemi

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