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Birth Fathers and Their Adoption Experiences


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Part 1. Introduction: Adoption and Birth Parents, Birth Fathers and Fatherhood. 1. Introduction. 2. Adoption and Birth Parents: From Out of the Shadows. 3. Birth fathers: What do we know? 4. Fatherhood today. Part 2. The Life Experiences of Birth Fathers. 5. Pregnancy and Birth. 6. The Adoption. 7. Life After Adoption. 8.Birth Father and Child: Towards Meeting and the Meanings of Contact. Part 3. Birth Father Narratives: The Implications. 9. Understanding Men and Fathers. 10. Working with Fathers. References. Index.

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Gary Clapton is a post-adoption counsellor with Birthlink in Edinburgh and a training officer with City of Edinburgh Council Social Work Department.


'Birth Fathers and their Adoption Experiences by Gary Clapton, recounts the experiences of thirty young men, mainly teenagers, whose children were adopted from birth. What is striking is that, decades on, the events of that period continue to resonate for these men in a way that lends a passion and deep emotional quality to their accounts. This is a book that should be read not only by workers in adoption and fostering but also by those who work in teenage pregnancy - and by anyone who believes, deep down, that men who are not involved with their children are likely to be indifferent to them'. -- Fatherhood Institute E-newsletter Gary Clapton's study is a welcome addition to the research on adoption. It is likely to be of most interest to practitioners and should be read by all those with responsibility for establishing the new post-adoption services. -- Adoption & Fostering Just as research has reminded us of the continuance of birth mother's bonds with their children, Gary clapton's research reveals that birth fathers can also feel a deep connection with, and loss of, an adopted child. This book is based on Clapton's in-depth interviews with 30 men who had experienced the adoption of their child as a baby, and it is unique in the UK in addressing the experiences of this group... It will be of interest to practitioners and academics in the social work field, those interested in fathering and to birth fathers themselves. -- Child & Family Social Work This book is for practitioners as much as for policy makers and future researchers. Clarity of style and writing by Gary Clapton has ensured... An accessible, thought-provoking and compassionate read. -- Community Care

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