Helping Abandoned Children

A child’s experience with abandonment can have a lasting impact on their adult life, which may influence their relationships and work. They may be hesitant to trust others or have difficulty forming romantic relationships. They may also struggle with depression and anxiety. In addition, they can develop PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), a condition that affects many people who experience childhood trauma. Fortunately, there are a few things people can do to help those who struggle with these issues.

Abandoned children can suffer in the worst possible ways: physically, they are left alone and exposed to predators; emotionally, they are denied the love and attention that all children deserve. Sadly, there are many reasons why parents choose to abandon their children. These include family breakdown; lack of social services; poverty and unemployment; irresponsible fatherhood (such as the behavior of thousands of American servicemen and women who sired children during the Vietnam War); and a general feeling of not being able to raise their own children.

Regardless of the reason, abandoning a child is a crime and is considered to be one of the most severe forms of child neglect. In cases of parental abandonment, state law allows for authorities to intervene and take custody of the child. However, this is not always an option. Many states have passed safe-haven laws, which allow a parent to relinquish their rights if they can’t care for the child.

These laws are designed to protect both the child and the parent. It is important for parents to recognize that they can’t always give their children everything that they need. This includes mental and emotional support. It is also important for remaining parents to be available for their children and to listen when they need to talk.

Some parents who have withdrawn from their children have decided to reunite with them later in life, and this can be a positive development for both parties. In other cases, parents are unable to reconcile with the past and continue to abandon their children. This is a very difficult choice, but it is still considered to be abandonment.

The proverbial story of the newborn wrapped in a blanket and left on a doorstep is an example of abandonment. It is a problem that all states have taken seriously and have implemented various measures to prevent it.

Survivors of childhood abandonment can benefit from psychotherapy to help them understand why they were abandoned in the first place and to learn how to overcome their fear of being abandoned again. They can also learn how to form healthy relationships and work through their feelings of guilt and shame from the past. If you know someone who is struggling with abandonment, it is a good idea to reach out to a therapist today. BetterHelp can match you with a licensed and vetted therapist that can provide support. The sooner you receive help, the more quickly you can begin to heal.