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September 26th, 2005
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Date:September 27th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Hmm. The outcome of adopted children is surprisingly hard to use in the nature/nurture debate, because lots of children up for adoption in the UK were not given up for adoption by their parents. It is typical for the process of taking children away from inadiquate parents to take around four years, as the system is very geared towards keeping parents with their children if at all possible*, and even once the children have been taken in to care they will often remain with foster parents for quite some time while the parents go through the courts to try to get their children back.

So unless you were one of the lucky few who get to adopt non-shopsoiled babies, adoptive children tend to come with poor nature, *and* poor nurture for their most formative years. Bad combination.

*I am terribly divided on whether this is a good or a bad thing
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