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.

Foundation: Preface
Foundation: Preface

This opening section of The Handbook of Adoption: Implicationsfor Researchers, Practitioners, and Families is designed to providereaders with an overview of adoption in the United States from threecomplementary analytic approaches: (1) a sociological analysis, (2) astatistical trend analysis, and (3) a legal history analysis. The editorsbelieve that it is important that a broader history and foundation of thesubject be recounted before venturing into more specific issues of assessment,treatment, training, and research. In Chapter 2,“Toward a Sociology of Adoption: Historical Deconstruction,” DawnEsposito and Frank Biafora take readers on an interrelatedcultural-political-religious-economic journey through America's adoptionpast. These authors, both university professors of sociology, deconstructadoption as they guide readers through a Colonial period, an industrialrevolution and urbanization movement, two world wars, a civil rights movement,and a ...

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