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Handbook of Adoption

Handbook of Adoption
Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families

December 2006 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

While 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: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families is the first book to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

Key Features:  

  • Includes contributions from nationally known experts: Prominent authors who are directly involved in adoption-related research and practice provide insight from personal and professional experience. Theory and real-life examples come together in the "Treatment Issues" and in the "Training and Education" sections of each chapter.
  • Reviews the major theoretical, historical, and research issues of adoption: The book begins by addressing the historical and theoretical issues surrounding adoption, thus providing the reader with a comprehensive review of the adoption landscape from past to present and setting the stage for topics addressed in the remainder of the book.
  • Reflects upon many issues affecting adoption triad members: The contributing authors address issues pertaining to transracial adoption; special issues in adoption such as foster care, single parents, and special needs; training and education issues; assessment and treatment issues; and much more.

Intended Audience:  
This extensive resource is designed for researchers, practitioners, students and families interested in learning more about and working with adoption triad members. It will be particularly relevant in counselor education programs, departments of social work and policy, and marriage and family counseling programs which emphasize developing clinical skills with a variety of clients.

David Brodzinsky
Rafael A. Javier, Douglas B. Henderson, Amanda L. Baden, Frank Biafora, and Alina Camacho-Gingerich
1. Breaking the Seal: Taking Adoption Issues to the Academic and Professional Communities
Frank Biafora
Part I: Foundation
Dawn Esposito and Frank Biafora
2. Toward a Sociology of Adoption: Historical Deconstruction
Frank Biafora and Dawn Esposito
3. Adoption Data and Statistical Trends
Madelyn Freundlich
4. A Legal Hisotry of Adoption and Ongoing Legal Challenges
Rafael A. Javier
Part II: Theoretical Issues in Adoption
Michael McGinn
5. Developmental Challenges for Adoptees Across the Lifecycle
Harold D. Grotevant, Nora Dunbar, Julie K. Kohler, and Amy M. Lash Esau
6. Adoptive Identity: How Contexts Within and Beyond the Family Shape Developmental Pathways
Amanda L. Baden and Robbie J. Steward
7. The Cultural-Racial Identity Model: A Theoretical Framework for Studying Transracial Adoptees
Amanda L. Baden
8. Putting Culture Into Context: The Impact of Attitudes Toward the Adoption of Chinese Adoptees
Amanda L. Baden
Part III: Transracial and International Adoption
Rhonda Roorda
9. Moving Beyond the Controversy of the Transracial Adoption of Black and Biracial Children
Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Susan Branco, Rafael A. Javier, and Raul Pitieri
10. International Adoption of Latin American Children: Psychololgical Adjustment, Cultural, and Legal Issues
Hollee McGinnis
11. From the Ashes of War: Lessons From 50 years of Korean International Adoption
Amanda L. Baden
Part IV: Special Issues in Adoption
Ruth McRoy, Harold D. Grotevant, Susan Ayers-Lopez, and Susan M. Henney
12. Open Adoptions: Longitudinal Outcomes for the Adoption Triad
Naz Pakizegi
13. Single-Parent Adoptions and Clinical Implications
Elizabeth Keagy and Barbara Rall
14. The Special Needs of Special-Needs Adoptees and Their Families
Carol A. Boyer
15. Double Stigma: The Impact of Adoption Issues on Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parents
Kathy Doyle
16. The Importance of Kinship Relationships for Children in Foster Care
Francine Fishman and Elliotte Sue Harrington
17. School Issues and Adoption: Academic Considerations and Adaptation at School
Amanda L. Baden
Part V: Training and Education for Adoption Therapy Competence
Joyce Maguire Pavao
18. Introduction to Adoption for Mental Health Professionals
Theresa Porch
19. Counseling Adoption Triad Members: Making a Case for Adoption Training for Counselors and Clinical Psychologists
Daniel A. Sass and Douglas B. Henderson
20. Psycholgists' Self-Reported Adoption Knowledtge and the Need for More Adoption Education
Rafael A. Javier
Part VI: Research Findings in Adoption Work
Madelyn Freundlich
21. Research Contributions: Strengthening Services for Members of the Adoption Triad
Mary J. Carr
22. Birthmothers and Subsequent Children: The Role of Personality Traits and Attachment History
Amanda L. Baden
23. Identity, Psychological Adjustment, Culture, and Race: Issues for Transracial Adoptees and the Cultural-Racial Identity Model
Douglas B. Henderson, Daniel A. Sass, and Jeanna Carlson
24. Adoptees' and Birth Parents' Therapeutic Experiences Related to Adoption
Rafael A. Javier
Part VII: Assessment and Treatment Issues in Adoption
Douglas B. Henderson
25. Why Has the Mental Health Community Been Silent on Adoption Issues?
Betty Jean Lifton
26. The Inner Life of the Adopted Child: Adoption, Trauma, Loss, Fantasy, Search, and Reunion
Amanda L. Baden, and Mary O'Leary Wiley
27. Birth Parents in Adoption: Using Research to Inform Practice
Ron Nydam
28. Relinquishment as a Critical Variable in the Treatment of Adoptees
Christopher Deeg
29. Psychoanalytic Understanding and Treatment of the Adoptee
Rene Hoksbergen and Jan ter Laak
30. Psychic Homeless Related to Reactive Attachment Disorder: Dutch Adult Foreign Adoptees Struggling With Their Identity
Janet Rivkin Zuckerman and Betty Jean Buschbaum
31. "I Don't Know You": Transference and Countertransference Paradigms With Adoptees
Alina Camacho-Gingerich
Part VIII: Poetic Reflections and Other Creative Processes From Adoptees
Penny Partridge, Christian Langworthy, and Sarah Saffian
32. Reflections
Part IX: Conclusion
Rafael A. Javier, Douglas B. Henderson, Amanda L. Baden, Frank Biafora, and Alina Camacho-Gingerich
33. A Look at the Future of Adoption: A Call to Action

"Unique and refreshing in its total inclusion of the entire adoption triad experience, the book strongly supports more fully incorporating the needs of this special population in psychotherapy and social work degree programs." —P.M. Salela, University of Illinois, Springfield

P.M. Salela
Key features
  • Contributors are nationally known experts.
  • This book will combine theory with concrete examples that reflect real-life examples in the Treatment Issues and the Training and Education sections of each chapter. 
  • Each chapter will include three learning goals for that chapter that the authors will address. Authors will include three to four major questions to summarize the goals of their chapters. This pedagogical feature will be useful for both practitioners and students. 
  • Reflection questions will be included with each section of the text (currently nine sections are proposed) that will allow users of the text to begin to apply the knowledge they have gleaned from each section. 






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