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 VIII: Poetic Reflections and other Creative Processes fromAdoptees: Preface

Poetic Reflections and other Creative Processes fromAdoptees: Preface
Poetic reflections and other creative processes from adoptees:Preface

There is a large body of literature on adoption; some of this literature isartistic, creative, or nonscientific. Poetry or prose, or a combination of both,this literature provides an important window on the issues the members of thetriad face and how they attempt to cope and/or resolve them. Perhaps predictablyso, there is more known literature from the perspective of adoptees and adoptiveparents than birth parents.

We have gathered here poems and other creative writings by three of the bestknown authors who write about adoption from a personal perspective: Penny CallanPartridge, Christian Langworthy, and Sarah Saffian. Partridge, both an adopteeand an adoptive parent, is the cofounder of Adoption Forum, a Philadelphia-basedorganization for all ...

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