Question: Do parents love adopted children differently?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Angelina Jolie was recently quoted in Elle magazine as saying this:

“I think I feel so much more for Mad and Z because they’re survivors, they came through so much. Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born. I have less inclination to feel for her… I met my other kids when they were six months old, they came with personality. A newborn really is this… yes, a blob!

“But now she’s starting to have a personality… I’m conscious that I have to make sure I don’t ignore her needs just because I think the others are more vulnerable.”

It’s an awkward sentiment to express and I’m sure her publicist is mortified. But I’m curious to hear from you, our anti-racist parents.

Is Angelina way off base? Or is there a kernel of truth to her statements? Do parents love adopted children differently (not more or less, just differently) than biological children?

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