Here's my response to: Why Do Adopted Kids Go Back to Birth Families?
1. The biggest is that they want to negate the rejection/ abandonment. They don't want to believe that the family didn't want them, because that means the child is unworthy and unlovable. Going back "proves" that they're family really loves them.
2. Extreme denial. My kids can dissociate from reality, and distort it to the extent that they rewrite history, and BELIEVE the new version. They don't remember, or want to remember the real past - good, bad and everything in between.
3. My children have very black and white thinking. People are either evil or on a pedestal. The kids literally don't see the shades of grey that describes all humanity. Most people are wonderful, caring, supportive, relationship possibilities (best friend, girlfriend, new mom..)... until Bear or Kitty flips a switch and ALL they can see is the person's flaws. My son is especially bad about this. He goes through girls like Kleenex, discarding them when they show the tiniest sign of imperfection (I believe my son thinks that love means they are instantly and totally devoted to him, anything less and he's afraid they will abandon him, so at the first sign of independence, he rejects them before they reject him) or they get too close (and he runs before they can see his flaws and reject him).
The kids have idealized many members of biofamily, and literally don't remember any of their flaws. When Bear went to live with his bio Grandpa, real life quickly took over, BioGrandpa became human (worse, a human who had some authority over Bear), and Bear couldn't accept that. In less than 6 weeks, he was ready to move on.
4. Escape. "My adoptive parents and everyone else are the reason things aren't going right. If I can get away from them then my life will be perfect." Hubby and I tell our kids that they have to work on their issues instead of running away from them, because the issues are inside of them, and will follow them everywhere. They don't want to believe us.
Obviously these characteristics are all linked to each other.
5. One thing I firmly believe is one should never criticize bio family to the children, something I learned from my mother, who never criticized my father in front of me, despite a nasty divorce. Knowing my children are idealizing their bio family doesn't change my belief, but it is a little frustrating to know that my lack of reality checks makes some of their fantasies possible.
I think they want to go back to biofamily to live the fairy tale/ fantasy they have used to escape over the years. That little Orphan Annie reality (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbnexDFN7KI) that my "real family" is perfect, rich, will never make me do chores or be held accountable for anything I do (not that I'll do anything wrong, because it was everyone else's fault)...