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.

Chapter 16: The Importance of Kinship Relationships for Children inFoster Care

The Importance of Kinship Relationships for Children inFoster Care

The importance of kinship relationships for children in fostercare

Distinctions between the Needs of Children in Foster Care and ChildrenLiving in other Relationships

Is there a reason to consider children in foster care separately fromchildren living in the myriad family structures of the 21st century? In thisfirst decade of the century, there are children living in traditionaltwo-parent families, but there are also many children who spend alternateweeks in homes of separated and divorced or remarried parents or who live inhomes of grandparents or aunts and uncles (sometimes called “kinshipcare”), in homes where they have been adopted, in shelters for thehomeless, or on the streets (Landauer-Menchik, 2002). Some of these childrenhave been in foster homes, some are in foster ...

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