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 18: Variations in Clinical Issues for Children Adopted asInfants and Those Adopted as Older Children

Variations in Clinical Issues for Children Adopted asInfants and Those Adopted as Older Children

Variations in clinical issues for children adopted as infants and thoseadopted as older children

With the media focusing more and more on adoption—and oftensensationalizing it—the public's impression is often that anadversarial relationship exists between the birth family and the adoptivefamily. In many of the contested cases in the media, it looks like neither set of parents can do what is in the bestinterest of the child. Most certainly, in these cases, the professionals(lawyers, judges, therapists) do not seem to understand the systemic problemsfor the families, and the dysfunction these problems will eventually cause thechild who is placed in this adversarial arena. The media's misinformationabout adoption often causes continued pain and pathologizing for ...

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