Searching for roots is normal

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Searching for roots is normal

At one time, the search process was thought to reflect a problem in the adoptive person. We now know that it is a perfectly normal experience. It is a universal experience of a child's need to know where they came from and what happened. It's a search for the self, for the older person. It's the need to understand those missing parts of themselves to fill out a fuller and more positive sense of self. Today, adoption professionals recognize this in families as a very normal process.

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David Brodzinsky, PhD

Psychologist & Author

David Brodzinsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Foster Care Counseling Project at Rutgers University. He also maintains an active private practice serving the clinical needs of children and families, including individuals who are part of the adoption triad. Brodzinsky has written and lectured extensively in the fields of developmental and clinical psychology and is an internationally known expert in the field of adoption. He is co-author of such well-known books as, The Psychology of Adoption, Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self, and Children's Adjustment to Adoption: Developmental and Clinical Issues.

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