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7 Things Adopted People Wish You Knew


Since its inception in 2000, National Adoption Day has been raising awareness around finding permanent homes for the more than 117,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. 

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we celebrate the families who've given homes to kids in need and hope the dreams of thousands more come true as their adoptions get finalized. 

Just last year, 5,000 children in foster care found their forever homes on National Adoption Day — and the annual one-day event has placed nearly 70,000 children in permanent homes since it began 18 years ago.

To celebrate National Adoption Day this year, we've found 7 interesting facts adopted people wish everyone knew.

1. Not everyone wants to find their birth parents.

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In the movies, if you're adopted, it seems like your sole mission in life must be to locate and build a relationship with your biological parents. The clichéd trope has even made its way to contemporary shows like This Is Us. But the reality is that a lot of adopted people never face this struggle.

According to some, it's unnerving when those around them constantly press the matter. "Friends and people who know we were adopted always ask us how come we don't want to find our birth mother and have never wanted to," shares one redditor who sees her adoption as "a blessing which gave us a better life."

Another adds, "if you were adopted from birth, it pretty much feels like your adoptive parents are your only parents. That's how I will always view them, because that's what they are to me."

So if you have a friend who's never gone to the lengths of connecting with their bio family, it's probably because they're happier that way.