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Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Chapter 1: Breaking the Seal: Taking Adoption Issues to the Academicand Professional Communities

Breaking the Seal: Taking Adoption Issues to the Academicand Professional Communities
Breaking the seal: Taking adoption issues to the academic and professionalcommunities

Adoption has a long history in human civilization, with clear reference to itsexistence as far back as biblical time. The adoption triad, which consists ofbirth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons, can be readily identifiedwithin these biblical stories. For example, one is reminded of thestory of Moses who was adopted by the Pharaoh and almost became the heir to thethrone until he abdicated to return to the people he came from and felt greatestaffinity to, the Hebrews. His was technically a closed adoption, since there wasno reference to his awareness, while growing up, of his biological family untillater in life when he decided ...

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