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 28: Relinquishment as a Critica Variable in the Treatment ofAdoptees

Relinquishment as a Critica Variable in the Treatment ofAdoptees

Relinquishment as a critica variable in the treatment ofadoptees

Strictly speaking, this chapter is not about adoption. Ifwe take adoption in a narrower sense to refer specifically to the formation of anurturing relationship between a relinquished infant or young child and (new)adoptive parents, then the focus of this chapter is not on the subject ofadoption. Rather, the concern of these pages has to do withrelinquishment—the break in the primary bond between an infant or childand his or her parents of birth and the manner in which this rupture in firstattachments informs and sometimes influences psychological development. Thefirst point to be made here is that relinquishment and adoption are different;each needs its own focus for us to understand ...

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