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.

Research Contributions: Strengthening Services forMembers of the Adoption Triad

Research contributions: Strengthening services for members of the adoptiontriad

Adoption is a complex service designed to meet the needs of a range ofindividuals. Adoption affects birthmothers and birth fathers who either throughtheir own decisions or through the decisions of others relinquish their childrento other families; the children for whom it serves as the path to new familiesand who, as adolescents and adults, must integrate the adoption experience intotheir lives; and adoptive mothers and fathers who rely on the adoption system tohelp them achieve parenthood. The effects of adoption on members of the triad(birth parents, adopted individuals, and adoptive parents) have been the subjectof research for many years. The nature and scope of that research, however, havevaried significantly, ...

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