The truth about adoption and why it’s so hard

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IT HAD been three years since Beth and Tom Remboldt had adopted Galina, a little girl from Russia. Abused as a child, the nine-year-old was nearly impossible to handle. She screamed, she hit, she would stand stone-still and refuse to move when things didn’t go her way. If we just loved her a little more, Beth thought, we’ll survive this. Then one day, Beth was unpacking the dishwasher with Galina. She left the room for a moment and when she returned, there were feces on the clean dishes. Beth asked her daughter why she’d done that. “I want you to eat my poop and die,” she said. Love, it seemed, was not enough. “At this point I started fearing for my safety and for my family’s…

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