The Times continues with its campaign for swifter adoptions today, highlighting concerns that adoptive placements are being derailed by birth parents making contact with their children via facebook The article also contains an interesting statistic from research by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, which found that 53 per cent of adopted children have used unofficial means, including Facebook, to trace birth parents. This would suggest that swift adoption might not be the panacea that both the Times, the government and Martin Narey would have us believe. Another article I came across while googling facebook / adoption is from the Telegraph in 2009, which is about a man who had been adopted as a child and in his thirties finally managed to track down his parents through facebook. His final quote is very telling –
“Facebook has changed my life – if it wasn’t for that then all this wouldn’t have happened,” said Mr Marks (the adoptee)
“I always knew I was adopted and I had real issues with feeling rejected and not knowing where I belong.
“I felt depressed when I was growing up – it was like a massive void that was never filled.”
I’m not aware of any research into the emotional well-being of adoptees in childhood and adult life, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a high statistic of depression amongst them. And if that is the case, then I think we should be thinking long and hard before hurrying along adoptions, especially where there is limited / indirect / no contact with their birth parents.