Anita Tedaldi adopted a boy from South America. After 18 months, she felt he wasn't attaching with her ... nor was she attaching with him ... so she gave him to another family.
Anita Tedaldi, whose husband is in the U.S. military and is frequently deployed overseas, has five natural daughters, but wanted to adopt one more child.
They adopted a one-year-old boy from South America.
She was ecstatic at first, but then says over the following year she felt unable to bond with him.
"I loved him and I cared deeply for him," Tedaldi told TODAY's Matt Lauer Thursday in New York. "I tried to do the same exact thing I did with my biological children, but over time it became clear that our family maybe wasn't a good match for him, that we were unable to meet some of his needs."
Her son was eventually placed with a new family, and Tedaldi has come to grips with her decision.
Many people (us included) just cannot understand how a mother can just return her SON ... like a shirt that didn't fit.
Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and author of "Adoption Nation," told Lauer such cases as Tedaldi's are thankfully rare. "It happens, and the one message we shouldn't take away from this is that adoption is a rental where you try it out. It's not. It's permanent and it's loving, and it's like every other family, but that doesn't always work," he said.
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