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.
Part IV: Special Issues in Adoption: Preface
This section of The Handbook of Adoption: Implications forResearchers, Practitioners, and Families presents special topics inadoption that deserve attention but have not yet reached wider attention in theliterature. The six chapters included in this part continue to answer thequestion of who adopts and who is adopted, but these questions are expanded toinclude an understanding of the conditions under which individuals are adoptedand how these conditions may play out in early environmental situations. We openthis part with a chapter by Ruth McRoy, Harold Grotevant, Susan Ayers-Lopez, andSusan Henney titled “Open Adoptions: Longitudinal Outcomes for theAdoption Triad.” This chapter begins to address open adoption—aform of adoption that presents alternatives to the more traditionally closedadoption system. Open adoption refers ...