Contactees who have been visited since early childhood often consider their visitors as much a part of the family as the humans related to them by blood. Visitations often start before the contactee has started school, and the first encounters are made in a setting the child associates with discovery and a sense of bonding with nature so that these overtones continue as an association through life. The contactee child finds their visitors responding to their unspoken call when they are anxious or deeply pondering a course in life. The contactee child is often discussing their dilemma and alternative paths with their visitors even before their human parents or siblings are sought out as counsel. Thus, the child considers his visitors his first stop during times of trauma, and bonds with his visitors as only comrades in combat can. Thus, by the time the contactee reaches adulthood, the contactee identifies with his alien visitors as much as with his human family.