Sorry you went through all that. Your comments are very thoughtful and thought-provoking.
About international adoptions - Around 20 years ago, a friend of mine had done research, for her job, on the fates of girls in a certain poor region; she felt so appalled at the high likelihood of prostitution for unprotected girls that she felt compelled to adopt a girl from there, to do her own small part to help. That whole process went well, and she and her husband ended up raising a beautiful, happy little girl.
Confident from that pleasant experience, a few years later she went back to adopt from that region again, this time adopting two older girls who were sisters. That process became complicated by officials’ concerns that some girls from that country were being taken without parental consent, so she had to wage a virtual legal war to complete the process and gain her older girls.
A few years or so later, she somehow undertook to track down all 3 girls’ family backgrounds - and was appalled. Everything had been a lie.
Her first one hadn’t been an orphan at all. As an infant, she had been dropped off at (or probably sold to) an orphanage by her father, without her mother’s knowledge or consent. Her mother mourned her baby but lived in utter poverty, lacking even the fee for a bus to the orphanage to try to regain her child.
(My friend eventually took the girl for a visit to her home country to meet her biological mother, who welcomed her lost child with many tears. She must’ve felt relieved to see her beautiful girl thriving and happy. The child has since, last I heard, stayed in touch with her biological mom.)
My friend was lied to regarding the 2 older girls as well. The normal type of family history fed to her before the adoption had been entirely fictional. The truth was that the girls’ father had been extremely abusive, up to the day they witnessed him murder their mother in a horrifying bloody scene, and the girls barely escaped with their own lives.
My friend had struggled and suffered trying to raise the girls, who had come with inexplicable destructive tendencies that began to emerge after they settled in; learning their traumatic background finally explained everything. She told me bitterly that she wouldn’t have knowingly adopted anyone with such a horrific background due to the problems it would predictably bring.
She seemed most angry at the man at the adoption centre who had knowingly misled her. I consoled her, or at least hope that I did, by pointing out that though his deception was wrong, still, he had done it to give these 2 girls their best chance at a good, safe life in a loving and relatively wealthy family.