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.

Research Findings in Adoption Work: Preface
Research findings in adoption work: Preface

Because of the importance of data derived from research findings in adding to ourunderstanding of issues affecting members of the adoption triad, we decided toinclude a systematic discussion on research issues in this book. With this inmind, we are including contributions by Madelyn Freundlich (Chapter 21), Mary Jo Carr (Chapter 22),Amanda Baden (Chapter 23), and Douglas Henderson, DanielSass, and Jeanna Carlson (Chapter 24) to guide ourdiscussion.

Freundlich's critical examination, for instance, of the emerging researchcontributions thus far, provides important suggestions to guide futureresearcher initiatives. In her chapter, “Research Contributions:Strengthening Services for Members of the Adoption Triad,” she examinesthe current state of adoption research regarding the impact of adoption on birthparents, adopted persons, and adoptive parents. ...

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