The Hidden Dangers of Adoption Myths

Most myths are fairly innocuous, however, adoption myths can damage adoptees. False assumptions, misinformation, and inaccurate knowledge make it impossible for adoptees and adoptive families to receive the support and validation they need and deserve. Myths trivialize the magnitude of the emotional pain that adoptees feel as a result of being relinquished. This causes adoptees additional, unnecessary suffering that leaves them feeling invisible, objectified, and invalidated.

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Gayle Swift is a co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentional Families Together), an adoption coach, and an adoptive parent. She writes both the GIFT blog and a children's book blog (Writing to Connect) that reviews general-interest books through an Adoption Attuned lens. Gayle's articles have been featured on,, Portrait of Adoption, and more. She writes about adoption for adults and children. Her award-winning books support adoptive families in their quest to be their best.