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.

The Future of Adoption: A Call to Action

The future of adoption: A call to action

It's tough to make predictions, especially aboutthe future.


To claim that adoption in the United States is in the midst of change may be anunderstatement. In his recent influential book AdoptionNation, Adam Pertman (2000) suggests that America is experiencingnothing short of an “adoption revolution.” Drawing on a volcanicanalogy, Pertman maintains that the simmering evolution of adoption over thepast quarter century has quickened to a boil into what many observers wouldconsider a full-blown eruption. “Before our eyes,” he concludes,“in our homes and schools and media and workplaces, Americais forever changing adoption even as adoption is forever changingAmerica” (p. 5).

To be sure, traditional adoption laws at the local, state, national, andinternational levels ...

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