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.

Psychologists' Self-Reported Adoption Knowledgeand the Need for More Adoption Education

Psychologists' self-reported adoption knowledge and the need formore adoption education

Those most directly influenced by adoption are members of the adoption triad: theadoptee, adoptive parents, and birth parents. However, the impact extends tobirth and adoptive siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins, aswell as other members of both the birth and adoptive families. Thus, there maybe 25 to 30 people affected in virtually every adoption. Data from 2000 and 2001(National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, n.d.) indicate that every year inthe United States there are more than 127,000 new adoptions, and U.S. Censusdata in 2000 showed 2,058,915 adopted children living in households in theUnited States (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d.). It is generally believed that,including adult adoptees, approximately 2% ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles