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Daniel Sass & Douglas Henderson

In: Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers,Practitioners, and Families

Chapter 20: Psychologists' Self-Reported Adoption Knowledgeand the Need for More Adoption Education

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Psychologists' Self-Reported Adoption Knowledgeand the Need for More Adoption Education
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Those most directly influenced by adoption are members of the adoption triad: theadoptee, adoptive parents, and birth parents. However, the impact extends tobirth and adoptive siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, aswell as other members of both the birth and adoptive families. Thus, there maybe 25 to 30 people affected in virtually every adoption. Data from 2000 and 2001(National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, n.d.) indicate that every year inthe United States there are more than 127,000 new adoptions, and U.S. Censusdata in 2000 showed 2,058,915 adopted children living in households in theUnited States (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d.). It is generally believed that,including adult adoptees, approximately 2% ...

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