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Seven Core Issues in Adoption By Silverstein and Kaplan - Adoption is a lifelong, intergenerational process which unites the triad of birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families forever. Adoption, especially of adolescents, can lead to both great joy and tremendous pain. Recognizing the core issues in adoption is one intervention that can assist triad members and professionals working in adoption better to understand each other and the residual effects of the adoption experience. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 366 )

Adoption is a Family Affair, Author Interview By Allison Martin - Patricia Johnston is an adoptive advocate, a well known publisher, mother and the author of Adoption is a Family Affair!" Adoption is a Family Affair! is an introduction to the pitfalls, misconceptions, and issues around adoption. It provides a basic "Adoption 101" for your parents or for anyone else new to the idea of adoption. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 311 ) : By N/A - This page is meant to give the non-adopted some idea of what a closed adoption means. It will also give the non-adopted person an idea of the information adult adoptees are allowed to have. When non-adopted people think of adoption the first thought is that it creates families by puting children and parents together. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 299 )

Talking To Your Adopted Adolescent By Randolph W. Severson - When talking to a teenager about adoption, the most important fact to remember is that adoption belongs on the ordinary continuum of human experience. Adopted people and adoptive families are different, but they are not all that different; thus it errs to isolate the meaning of adoption to the extent that one assumes that solutions that work in similar contexts will not work when the issue is adoption. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 318 )

The beauty of adoption By Marjorie Hershey - If you were to form an opinion about adoption based on media coverage, you'd probably conclude that it was a mess. Babies snatched from ambivalent birth mothers. Crying toddlers ripped from their families by birth parents who changed their minds. Teenagers searching for their "real" parents and discarding their adoptive families like out-of-style clothes. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 361 )

Helping Families Discuss Adoption By Allison Martin - Carol Peacock is a psychologist, adoptive mother and talented writer. In Mommy Far, Mommy Near - An Adoption Story, a young Asian girl learns that being adopted means having two mothers - one remaining in China and one "here." (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 363 )

Talking to Children about Adoption By Nancy Jessop - I work as a school counselor in a pre-K through first grade elementary school in western Massachusetts. I am also an adoptive mother. I have had many occasions to talk to the children in my school about adoption and to observe what questions, concerns and thoughts come up for these children concerning the subject of adoption. Very young children, toddlers and preschoolers, don't fully comprehend the concept of adoption. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 334 )

Considering Adoption By Ellen Sarasohn Glaser, LICSW - "Why don't you just adopt?" All too often, couples experiencing infertility hear this question from well-intentioned family members and friends. Although having support for this decision would mean a lot to the couple, they do not feel supported when the word "just" is used. The question, "Why don%u2019t you just adopt?" implies that the decision to adopt is easy and that the process of adoption is simple. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 379 )

Adoption - Trauma That Lasts A Lifetime By Vicki M. Rummig - They just cannot understand. The perfect child Mr. & Mrs. Smith adopted 15 years ago is now skipping school, talking back, experimenting with drugs, and is involved in a sexual relationship with her 20-year-old drug addicted boyfriend. Until a year ago she always had good grades and enjoyed spending time with her parents; she was the ideal child. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 845 )

Adoptive Mother Talks to Birthmothers By Leceta Chisholm Guibault - I have discovered the Internet and all its adoption-related resources! One particularly amazing experience I have had is when I posted a letter to a birthmother's newsgroup. The reaction and support I received was overwhelming. This is a collection of thoughts and experiences from all members of the adoption triad. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 394 ) : By Anne Slegel - After reading Nancy Verrier's Primal Wound, I became more and more interested in meeting the foster parents that I was placed with for nine months prior to my adoption. In the 8 years since my reunion, I had only been mildly interested in that aspect of search until reading her book. (Added: 26-Nov-2002 Hits: 347 )

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