Adoption – The Search – “What is the worst that can happen?”

I have seen this question said many times in the adoption forums I am a part of and I stop myself most  of the time from responding. The reason is simple. Words only hold so much value before someone must experience them to understand.

The Search, for an adoptee, is when we decide we want to find our answers. Those answers can be our origin, our birth family, our birth mother, our story, or why the fuck you left us on a street… All of that and more is The Search for us and each search is different. It should then go without saying that the results of those searches differ as well.

As I have discussed in previous posts, I normally refrain from giving advice on adoption to anyone. That goes for opinions on all sides of the spectrum and make no mistake there are many sides to the equation that is adoption. I would never tell an adoptee “you MUST go and search for your relatives. You deserve to know. What is the worst that can happen?” The reason I would never say this to someone is because I have seen the worst that can happen. You never know how much further you can fall till down you tumble as you fall.

What is the worst thing that can happen? Further feelings of rejection till you reach the brink and you jump off brink’s ledge. That is one possible route to this choose your own adventure. You could find out the truth and that truth could shatter the life you love. I believe that is a hard one to swallow as well. You could find out you weren’t ever meant to be adopted and that you must now decide where your heart lies. I couldn’t imagine this one.

People often talk about “deserve” when approaching this topic. They will say “you deserve to know” or “they deserve to give you answers!” I am not sure why people find these statements so encouraging. Sure, we deserve a lot in this world. What we quickly learn is that the “world” doesn’t give a shit about what we think we deserve in it. The world spins and our trials begin again. That is life. That is all we deserve.

“What is the worst that can happen?” I’ll answer this question here and now for nobody. The worst thing that could happen is that you could find out the truth and it could shatter you. The worst that could happen is that you learn how much you wish you hadn’t searched at all and you hate yourself for it each waking day. You sit up at night and daydream about the day you didn’t know what happened. If you think that isn’t the “worst” I will tell you that you are wrong. Living life with regret is life itself. Living life regretting decisions we made knowingly simply makes life that much harder, and for those of us that have struggled it is needless drama we shouldn’t have. I have seen my worst and for that reason I would never tell anyone not to expect the worst as well.

Jason Chandler Cushman

Ahn Soo Jin

-Opinionated Man




15 thoughts on “Adoption – The Search – “What is the worst that can happen?”

  1. My half brother who was adopted at birth has an adoptive sister whose bio mom would have nothing to do with her. It was so sad how clingy she became with us. Broke my heart.


  2. My two oldest children reconnected with their biological parents. One of them was thrilled at first, the other not so much. Now they both see that the people that gave them up had serious issues back when it happened and those issues have not gone away with time. It has been eye opening for them. They still call us Mom and Dad and refer to their bio parents by their first names.


    • I call my adoptive parents by their first names, and my biological parents Mom and Dad.

      Adoptive parents who lie to their adopted children aren’t doing them any favours, especially if they are doing so to try to appear “better than” the bio-parents.

      My adoptive parents blatantly lied about my biological parents when I asked about them. If they didn’t know something specific, they should have / could have said, “I don’t know.”

      My question to you is: Did you lie to your adopted children when they asked questions about their birth parents?

      I’ve spoken with many other adoptees about their experiences, but never had the opportunity to ask other adoptive parents about their side of things.

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      • We gave them the uncensored truth. They had to find out on their own and they still call us mom and dad. We didn’t have a lot of specifics, but we knew they lost their children because of drug abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. I doubt your adoptive parents lied to you to look better. I don’t know the circumstances, but by taking you in and making you part of your family when your biological parents couldn’t, there is no need to appear “better than”. Perhaps they lied to spare your feelings. Either way, I don’t condone lying when the truth is not damaging. I think every case varies.

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  3. I haven’t read everything you’ve posted on this subject yet, I need to be strong enough in my own mind to do it but if this post is an example of the book you said you were starting months ago….it is strong, vital, well written, soul haunting and good. If you finish the book and since you have chapters, I believe you will; I think it will be well worth reading by all and perhaps releasing for you. I’m impressed. ~~dru~~


  4. What not knowing does is unthinkable, knowing gives you a chance to understand or hear the story. But either could break you just as easily as either could make you stronger. But only you can know if you should or shouldn’t try. Good luck with the decision… I’d be lying if I didn’t say ” I’m glad it isn’t me making it”. 😯😕


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