BuzzFeedYellow gathered a handful of adoptees to share what it’s really like to be adopted. Each of these individuals addresses some misconceptions. “I’m adopted, but I’m not damaged goods,” and “I’m adopted, but I wasn’t my parents’ last option,” are statements that are true for more than just these adoptees. Getting past adoption and seeing individuals for who they really are is an act of humanity. “I’m adopted but I’m still afraid of abandonment,” “I’m adopted and I love myself,” and “I’m adopted and no – it’s not the easy way to have a child.” Want to know what adoption is like? Talk to an adoptee, or a birth parent, or an adoptive family member. Go to the source if you really want to know.