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Madelyn Freundlich

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

Chapter 21: Research Contributions: Strengthening Services forMembers of the Adoption Triad

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Research Contributions: Strengthening Services forMembers of the Adoption Triad
Research contributions: Strengthening services for members of the adoptiontriad

Adoption is a complex service designed to meet the needs of a range ofindividuals. Adoption affects birthmothers and birth fathers who either throughtheir own decisions or through the decisions of others relinquish their childrento other families; the children for whom it serves as the path to new familiesand who, as adolescents and adults, must integrate the adoption experience intotheir lives; and adoptive mothers and fathers who rely on the adoption system tohelp them achieve parenthood. The effects of adoption on members of the triad(birth parents, adopted individuals, and adoptive parents) have been the subjectof research for many years. The nature and scope of that research, however, havevaried significantly, ...

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