Adoption has been shrouded in myth and misunderstanding for decades. Adoptive parents with the best of intentions and resources bring an orphaned child into their home, shower her with love and live happily ever after, just like a Disney movie. Many adopted children blossom in their new homes, but many more don’t. These recent articles in The Atlantic below highlight the struggles adoptees face despite their journey from deprivation to a life of relative privilege. We learned through tragedy that adopted children have suffered a trauma in infancy – separation from their birth mother – that can haunt them forever, regardless of the love and comforts provided by their adoptive families.