In America today there are more than 7 million adoptees — about 2 percent of the total population. Approximately 1.5 million of them are under the age of eighteen. Many were adopted as infants, but some spent a significant portion of their childhoods in shelters, foster homes, or foreign orphanages, or with parents who eventually lost their parental rights in the courts. These formative experiences often leave emotional injuries that influence how adoptees form relationships and raise their own children. Experts estimate that with the repeal of Roe v. Wade and new state abortion bans, an additional ten thousand infants will be adopted annually.