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93% of adopted children feel loved by adoptive parents: survey

Over 90 percent of children aged 10-17 who live with adoptive parents feel they are loved by their non-biological parents, while some 70 percent of such children have positive affirmations about themselves, an opinion survey by the Nippon Foundation has shown.

    The figures among adopted children were higher than those shown in a similar survey conducted on third-year junior high school students nationwide by the Cabinet Office in 2011.

    The Nippon Foundation surveyed between August and September last year 263 households that adopted children through two private agencies. On questions targeting children aged 10 and older, 89 children responded.

    When asked if they were satisfied with themselves, 26 percent said they thought so. The figure jumped to a total of 71 percent if those who said "relatively satisfied" were included. Asked whether they felt loved by their parents, a total of 93 percent said they did, including the 29 percent who said "more or less."

    In the Cabinet Office's 2011 survey, less than 20 percent of third-year junior high school students said they were satisfied with themselves, while less than half of the respondents thought they were loved by their parents.

    Meanwhile, 66 percent of adopted children told the survey that they got along well with their friends, compared to the 81 percent among children of fourth grade through third-year junior high school age surveyed in another Cabinet Office study conducted in 2014.

    Misa Takahashi, a member of the special welfare project team at the Nippon Foundation, sees adoptive parents' active engagement with their non-biological children as helping the kids build positive self-affirmations. The two agencies that mediate adoption cases encourage the parents to tell their children that they were adopted.

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