We’ve known for decades of the challenges faced by some adopted individuals. In the 1970s, mental health professionals reported an average of up to 35% of the young people in residential treatment centers were adoptees; 17 times the norm! Even now, while most adoptees grow up to live perfectly normal lives, the group as a whole is more likely to have difficulties with drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, attention deficit disorder and unplanned pregnancies. And a growing body of research suggests adoptees manifest different patterns of adjustment. In one study, teachers rated adopted children in K-8 as having a higher incidence than non-adopted children of conduct disorders, personality problems, and social issues.