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 27: Birth Parents in Adoption: Using Research to InformPractice

Birth Parents in Adoption: Using Research to InformPractice

Birth parents in adoption: Using research to inform practice

For Monica, From Her Birth Mother

We've grown together for two years.

We've shared together your laughter and tears.

Since your first moments in this world

So many, many things have unfurled.

Once a child, you're grown now,

The time has come to pass.

Know I'll always love you.

That's all I'll ever ask.

You've had the time to live and grow.

How was I to ever, ever know

I could't give the care that you would need.

Mine would't be the voice that you would heed.

When I had to say good-bye to you

I did't know how much that I'd gothrough

Wanting to be with you all the while.

I pray you have someone to care

And friends that always, always will be there

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