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 2: Toward a Sociology of Adoption: HistoricalDeconstruction

Toward a Sociology of Adoption: HistoricalDeconstruction

Toward a sociology of adoption: Historical deconstruction

Chapter Overview

This chapter explores adoption with the aid of a wide-angle, sociologicallens. With a few important exceptions (Berebitsky, 2002; Fiegelman &Silverman, 1983; Fisher, 2003; Pertman, 2000), the current, growing body ofscholarly literature presents adoption and related practices of temporaryfoster care from the epistemological position of individual actors in arelated triad (i.e., adopted persons, adoptive parents, and biologicalparents). While important and necessary, explored in this way, our currenttapestry of knowledge is framed and informed primarily by the research andexpertise of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and adoptionprofessionals, many of whom have contributed to this Handbook. Fisher (2003) reminds us, however, that because thesestudies so often use clinical populations or personal experiences, they aremore likely to ...

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