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René Hoksbergen & Jan Laak

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

Chapter 30: Psychic Homelessness Related to Reactive AttachmentDisorder: Dutch Adult Foreign Adoptees Struggling with Their Identity

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Psychic Homelessness Related to Reactive AttachmentDisorder: Dutch Adult Foreign Adoptees Struggling with Their Identity
Psychic homelessness related to reactive attachment disorder: Dutch adultforeign adoptees struggling with their identity
Foreign Adoption in Context: An Introduction

The first Dutch adoption legislation was introduced in 1956, which opened theway for international adoption. An interesting phenomenon is that after1974, mainly children with a different racial background were adopted anddomestic adoption became more a thing of the past. Since 1980, only 50 to 70children are domestically adopted each year in a population of 16.5 millioninhabitants. By the end of 2005, there were 32,000 foreign adopted childrenin the Netherlands from 50 countries (Hoksbergen, 2001; Ministry of Justice,2005).

These children were placed with parents who did not have their firstbiological children: The adoptive parents were ...

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