A significant part of the teen years involves forming an identity — one that is separate from your parents. As this is already an incredibly confusing, complex, and difficult task to do, adding adoption to the mix creates a whole other level of turbulence. For an adoptee, two sets of parents must be considered as they look to figure out who they are, and the questions they face with regard to identity are elaborate and multilayered. Some of the most common adopted teen struggles and issues includes (but is not limited to):
- Social Development
- Emotional Development
- Identify Formation
All of these life-molding phases and experiences are affected by adoption.