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 24: Adoptees' and Birth Parents' TherapeuticExperiences Related to Adoption

Adoptees' and Birth Parents' TherapeuticExperiences Related to Adoption

Adoptees' and birth parents' therapeutic experiences relatedto adoption

Relatively little is known regarding the lifelong implications of adoption. Thislack of information occurs despite the fact that at any given time 1% to 2% ofthe U.S. population has been adopted (Brodzinsky, 1990; Jerome, 1986). In aneffort to meet the real needs of children and find adoptive families, manyadoption agencies and facilitators may have promulgated an overly positive viewof the process (Smith & Sherwen, 1988). The success of this promotion mayhave contributed to the failure to acquire and disseminate adequate informationwith regard to long-term outcomes for individual members of the adoption triad,which consists of adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. For otherreasons for the relative absence of information on adoption ...

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