Regarding David Feil's letter (Readers' Forum, July 9), I would like to point out that the largest study ever done on adopted adolescents was done by Search Institute, a nonprofit research institution specializing in research benefiting children and youths.

The last paragraph summarizes their findings: "Ultimately, the bottom line is that most adopted children and teenagers succeed. ... A more appropriate standard is to compare each adopted child to what life could have been like had he or she not been adopted. If a methodology could be invented to do such comparisons, we would find that adoption, even when it occurs after infancy, is almost always better than the alternative."

No one is forced to give up a child, but can anyone really believe a child is always better off with a biological, teenage or single mother? Logic and research prove the fallacy of such thinking.

Robert H.M. Killpack

West Jordan