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 26: The Inner Life of the Adopted Child: Adoption, Trauma,Loss, Fantasy, Search, and Reunion
The Inner Life of the Adopted Child: Adoption, Trauma,Loss, Fantasy, Search, and Reunion
The time has come to approach the subject of adoption in a new and realistic way:to see where it connects to myth and to plain old life. We have to see theadoptee as a child marked by fate, but not doomed by it. To see birth mothers aswomen who have lost their children as surely as women lose children toaccidents, disease, and war. To see adoptive parents as people who have losttheir chance for biological continuity, but who have taken other women'schildren as their own as surely as parents in biblical and mythical timesrescued infants found floating in baskets down ...