STATES CHRONICLE – A survey showed that many adopted Romanian children by families from the UK in the early 90s indicate mental health issues during adulthood. A long-term study in which researchers analyzed 165 Romanian orphans revealed that social and emotional issues are common for them. Even these children have been taken care of by loving and responsible parents, they still suffer from some mental impairments.
Nevertheless, one out of five adopted orphans is not affected by the neglect they faced during their childhood. For example, Adi Calvert, aged 28, argues that she is untouched by the trauma she suffered when she was a little girl. Before being adopted, she confesses that she spent about two and half years in an orphanage, in Romania.
A lovely couple from Yorkshire adopted her and another baby girl. Adi state that she has no memories regarding the time spent in that orphanage. Nevertheless, she said she would never forget how frightened she was that she would not have enough water after she was adopted. When she was in the Romanian orphanage, she recalls being very dehydrated, always being worried about the lack of water.
She hated cold water and swimming when she was little due to the cold baths she was given in that orphanage. Today she grew to become an actress, and she lives in London. Adi did not reveal any psychological scar related to the period when she was neglected and malnourished in her childhood. She admits that all those years are still part of her, but she prefers to not dwell on that.
She is very grateful for her adoptive parents, claiming that they get along very well and she is proud of the life she has been offered. Researchers from King’s College London, some other from Germany and others from the University of Southampton, are bound to analyze what it is that makes people like Adi so strong, managing to cope with her deprived and sad past.
They decided to scan the genomes of several such adopted Romanian children. Specialists revealed that not so many Romanian kids who were brought to the United Kingdom between 1990 and 1992 managed to turn up well. Initially, almost all 165 children suffered malnourishment and developmental delays. However, those who spent less than six months in an orphanage proved to have recovered completely.
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