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.

Single-Parent Adoptions and Clinical Implications

Single-parent adoptions and clinical implications

Single adoptive parenthood, as a social institution, is a relatively newhistorical phenomenon in the United States. Unless otherwise specified, the termsingle in this chapter will refer to those who at thetime of adoption, and at the time they were studied, were not in a coupledrelationship. While some may have been married previously, they did not becomesingle parents as a result of divorce, death, or separation. The literaturesometimes refers to these parents as “single parents by choice”(Mechanek, Klein, & Kuppersmith, 1987; Miller, 1992; Pakizegi, 1990). Thesocial context of single-parent adoptions will be discussed first, followed by areview of the research on this family form. Finally, the implications of thesocial context and research findings for clinical work with ...

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