Families who adopt happy with outcome

The majority of families who choose to adopt are satisfied with their decision to do so, new research has shown. Published in the journal Psicothema, the study included two separate questionnaires carried out six years apart, which found these households remained harmonious throughout this period.

In the first assessment, it was shown that 77.7 per cent of families claimed the adoption served to make them happier, while 91.9 per cent felt positive about the repercussions of the choice.

The second survey demonstrated a continuation of this positivity and Yolanda Sanchez-Sandoval, a researcher from the University of Cadiz, noted that families are generally pleased with the outcome of an adoption.

She added: "When the parents are more satisfied with the adoption, we found that the children are also happier with their own lives."

However, for many of those who expressed dissatisfaction in the first investigation, their feelings stayed the same the second time around.

Judith Wenban-Smith, Chartered Psychologist, commented: "The research confirms the benefits of adoption to parents and children. It is vital that children are adopted before serious emotional harm causes them and their adopters long term, insuperable problems."