Talking With Young Children About Adoption

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 1995-02-22
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Table of Contents

Introduction: From Telling to Sharing: Changes in Adoption Practicep. 1
Adoption and the World of the Parentp. 11
Adoption Researchp. 25
Adoption and the World of the Young Childp. 57
Stories of Parents and Children Talking Together about Adoptionp. 94
Teddy and Annap. 95
Teddy: I don't want [my birthfather] to find me. He'd take me away. He'd change his mind.
Anna: You know, [in adoption] somebody wins and somebody loses.
Laura and Mayap. 101
Laura: Mommy, you're not really really my mommy, are you?
Maya: Let's call [my birthmom] Forsythia.
Jeff and Melissap. 123
Jeff: Why didn't my real mom want me? ... I think she didn't like me.
Melissa: I was always wanted. My parents who adopted me wanted me even before I was born.
Ian and Elizabethp. 130
Ian: How fast did you go, Mommy, to get me in the car?
Elizabeth: Then I was in Daddy's tummy!
Meherap. 145
Mehera: Adopting means you love a baby very much and go find her.
Kathy and Aaronp. 152
Kathy: Who is right, Mom, my birthmom or Jane [who will keeps her baby]?
Aaron: It's okay, Mom. You have me now.
Daniel Joo Bin: Family Lost and Foundp. 157
Daniel: You're Oma. That means "Mother" in Korean.
Virginia and Jonathanp. 162
Virginia: Mom, why would a lady who grew a baby give the baby away?
Jonathan: I so sad I didn't grow in your uterus, Mommy.
Norap. 172
Nora: Some kids have lots of mothers.
Max and Lani: Twins in an Open Adoptionp. 178
Max: Okay, Sis, first I'll marry our friend; then I'll marry you, and one can be the birthmom and one can be the adopted mom.
Lani: I wish I had been in your womb.
Paul and Stevenp. 184
Paul: Joey is lucky because his mom is three things - his mom, his birthmother, and his teacher. Why can't you be three things?
Steven: When will I ever see my sister again?
Margaret and William: Adoption as "No Big Deal"p. 203
A Birth and Adoptive Fatherp. 207
Richard: Where the kid came from seems sort of bookish, abstract.
Afterwordp. 217
Appendix A: Two Families Who Decided Not to Talk with Their Young Children about Adoptionp. 221
Eric: One-Time Tellingp. 221
Jeremy and Chloe: Deciding to Postpone Telling until Latencyp. 222
Appendix B: Adoptive Comments, Questions, and Play Sequences of Adopted Children in the Stories, Arranged by Agep. 225
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 253
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