The Choice of a Lifetime; What You Need to Know Before Adopting

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
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In this useful guide, marriage and family therapist Kyle N. Weir walks first-time adoptive parents through every step of the adoption process, from selecting an adoption agency, to understanding how to talk to children about adoption using the No Less/No More principle, to finding therapy services that will allow children to develop secure bonds with family and friends. Most important, Weir presents a first-of-its-kind look at seven salient factors he has identified as critical predictors of a child's long-term adoption outcome: age of placement, placement history, medical and special needs, parental care history, demographic variable, and developmental issues. Understanding how these circumstances affect the ability of a child to attach to caregivers, behave appropriately, and formulate an enduring self-identity, will help parents ensure a fulfilling relationship with their child.

Author Biography

Kyle N. Weir, PhD, is an associate professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and the program coordinator of the Counselor Education program at California State University–Fresno. He is also a clinical faculty member, supervisor, and former director of Fresno Family Counseling Center. He is the author of Coming Out of the Adoptive Closet. He lives in Fresno, California.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Social and Legal Challenges Affecting Adoptionp. 11
The Commoditization of Adoptive Childrenp. 12
The Deinstitutionalization of Adoptionp. 14
The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997p. 16
Adoption Methods and the Myth of Disruptionp. 21
Domestic Private Agencyp. 24
Public Child Welfarep. 25
International Private Agencyp. 28
Independentp. 31
Kinship and Stepfamilyp. 32
Diversity Within Contemporary Adoptive Familiesp. 37
Transracial Adoptive Familiesp. 39
The Open-Adoption Continuump. 43
Special-Needs Childrenp. 45
Older-Age Adoptionsp. 45
Family Compositionp. 46
How Well Do Adoptive Children Fare?p. 51
Resisting the Deficit View of Adoptionp. 53
Seven Factors Salient to Adoption Outcomesp. 56
Age of Placement, Placement History, and Attachmentp. 61
Environmental Trauma and Older-Age Adoptionp. 66
Placement Historyp. 67
Attachment and Reactive Attachment Disorderp. 68
Clinical Diagnosis for Attachment Disordersp. 76
Medical Special-Needs Childrenp. 83
Birth Parents' Medical Historyp. 86
Child's Medical Historyp. 87
Parental and Prenatal Care Historyp. 95
Characteristics of an Abused Childp. 98
Physical Abusep. 98
Sexual Abusep. 100
Verbal and Emotional Abusep. 102
Neglect and Abandonmentp. 104
Prenatal Drug and Alcohol Exposurep. 105
Characteristics of Abuse and Abusersp. 111
Meeting an Abusive Parentp. 112
Demographic Variables and Life Chancesp. 117
Becoming a Culturally Competent Parentp. 122
Statistics about Waiting Adoptable Childrenp. 128
Human Development and Adoptionp. 133
The No Less/No More Principlep. 144
Mismatched Temperamentsp. 147
Post-Adoption Therapy Servicesp. 155
Child-Centered Play Therapyp. 157
Theraplayp. 160
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapyp. 172
Cognitive - Behavioral Therapyp. 177
Narrative Family Therapyp. 182
Psychoeducational Approachesp. 186
Ecosystemic Play Therapyp. 186
Post-Adoption Servicesp. 190
Why We Need More Adoptionsp. 195
Appendix: Agency Listings, Treatment Information, Legal and Financial Resourcesp. 203
Notesp. 211
Glossaryp. 237
Indexp. 249
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