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Betty Lifton

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

Chapter 26: The Inner Life of the Adopted Child: Adoption, Trauma,Loss, Fantasy, Search, and Reunion

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The Inner Life of the Adopted Child: Adoption, Trauma,Loss, Fantasy, Search, and Reunion
The inner life of the adopted child: Adoption, trauma, loss, fantasy,search, and reunion

The time has come to approach the subject of adoption in a new and realistic way:to see where it connects to myth and to plain old life. We have to see theadoptee as a child marked by fate, but not doomed by it. To see birth mothers aswomen who have lost their children as surely as women lose children toaccidents, disease, and war. To see adoptive parents as people who have losttheir chance for biological continuity, but who have taken other women'schildren as their own as surely as parents in biblical and mythical timesrescued infants found floating in baskets down ...

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