Not Only Genes

A child inherits more than physical attributes as well as general interests and tendencies from their parents.  They can also inherit the wounds that their forebears were inflicted with.

In my own family, I see how my parents separation from their original parents was passed down through me and my sisters, not only in regard to a bit of distance in parenting and concern for our well-being and ability to provide for ourselves but because of that perspective on the part of our parents, our ability to parent our own children was also impacted.

Patterns repeat – lack of familial support for a young mother and her baby, lack of financial resources, whether from family or society, and a definite lack of understanding about the wounds caused by separation or the effects of being raised by strangers (through adoption or foster care) are all evident in my own family’s history.

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