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Openness in Adoption

Since the mid-1970s, adoption practices in the United States have changed dramatically, and the confidentiality maintained in the past is no longer the norm. The trend is toward openness in adoption in which either mediated (through an adoption agency) or direct contact occurs between the adoptive family and birth parent(s). Some adoption professionals argue that openness is harmful and experimental while others argue that the secrecy of confidential adoptions has been harmful to all parties involved. Who?'s right? In Openness in Adoption, this question is addressed via a nationwide study of 720 individuals (190 adoptive fathers, 190 adoptive mothers, 171 adopted children, and 169 birthmothers) that was conducted over a five-year period. The book begins by presenting the issues and debates surrounding open adoptions and then examines them from the perspective of the adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth mothers. The volume concludes with implications for adoption practice, public policy, and future research. A groundbreaking volume, Openness in Adoption provides a wealth of information to professionals and practitioners in the fields of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology, social work, clinical psychology, and social psychology.
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Openness in Adoption The Issues, the Debates, and Evidence to Date Changing Agency Practices toward Openness in Adoption - with Susan Henney and Steven J Onken Method Outcomes for Children - with Gretchen Miller Wrobel et al Adoptive Parents' Perspectives on Their Roles and Relationships with Birthparents - with Deborah Lewis Fravel and Carol Elde Birthmothers' Adjustment and Resolution of Grief - with Cinda Christian and Chalandra Bryant The Adoptive Kinship Network - with Manfred van Dulmen Putting the Perspectives Together General Conclusions and Implications

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Family Relations, Idenity; Adoptive Families, University of Minnesota.


"Grotevant and McRoy's Openness in Adoption is an excellent example of a well-designed, focused, thoughtful piece of research carried out in a field that is complex and controversial." -- David Howe * Child and Family Social Work *

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