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Table Of Contents

American Adoption: A Shame-Based Culture
Discomfort About Adoption
Talking Around Adoption
The Puzzle
Nurture vs. Nature
Whose Rights Prevail?
For Couples Wanting to Adopt
For Child Welfare
For the New Family
For Adopted Children
For the Adoptive Family
For Adopted Persons
Adoption Today
References
A Diversity of Perspectives
Maladjustment Among Adopted Children
Psychoanalytic Assertions
Disturbances In Early Object Relations
Resolution of the Oedipal Complex
Prolongation of the Family Romance Fantasy
Genealogical Bewilderment
Outcomes
Working with Adoptive Families
Denying the Differences
Denial and Adoptive Families
Adult Children of Adoption
Family Roles
Letting Go of Denial
Implications for Practice
The Task of Telling
Issues About Telling
Anxieties About Telling
The Pain of Telling
Delay Telling?
Not Telling?
Going About Telling
Adoption Happens to Parent and Child
Not Laying the Burden on the Child
“You” Messages and “We” Messages
Adoption is a Shared Experience
Clinical Notes
Being Adopted
Effects of Social and Cultural Factors
Dysfunctional Outcomes
Adoption Realities
Maintaining the Myth
The Adoptee as Scapegoat
The Unit of Treatment
Coping with Adoption
Consequences
Discrimination Against the Adoptee
Why Adopted Persons Choose to Remain Closeted
The Roots of Attitudes Toward Adopted Persons
Anti-Adoptee Media Bias
Adoption Has a Positive Value, But . .
Adoptee Bashing . .
The Denver Rocky Mountain News
The Oregonian
The Grant’s Pass Daily Courier
The San Francisco Examiner
Time Magazine
An Assault On Adoptee’s Rights
Questions
Answers
The Washington Post
Private Interests
The St. Petersburg Times
The Chicago Tribune
About the Industry
About Open Records
A Wrong Turn
Adopted Person’s Civil Rights
The Model State Adoption Act
The Opposition
Compromise or Capitulation?
A Right Turn
Resolution
Search and Reunion vs. Civil Rights Legislation
Mandatory Intermediaries
Lessons Learned
Closing Thoughts
Suggested Reading
Subject Index
Author Index
Afterword
About the Author
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The Adoption Mystique

The Adoption Mystique

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The framework that surrounds adoption laws, policies and practicees, the beliefs, myths and attitudes that endow it with enhanced and profound meaning, value, and mystery are what author Joanne Wolf Small, M.S.W. calls the adoption mystique. Its power is evident in the dispsaraging attitudes about adoption and adoptees held by millions of people.
Important issues remain buried, and most of the affected have kept silent. It is no wonder that we know so little about adoption and its aftermath. The Adoption Mystique outlines the history and background of American adoption culture from a psychosocial or environmental perspective. It looks at adoption through a series of essays that explore the hidden but powerful religious, social and economic factors that affect society's image of adoption past and present.The undercurrent of negative feelings and treatment accorded adoptive families--and adoptive status in particular--remain much the same despite recent reforms.
The book not only examines the problem, but leads to an effective solution.
The framework that surrounds adoption laws, policies and practicees, the beliefs, myths and attitudes that endow it with enhanced and profound meaning, value, and mystery are what author Joanne Wolf Small, M.S.W. calls the adoption mystique. Its power is evident in the dispsaraging attitudes about adoption and adoptees held by millions of people.
Important issues remain buried, and most of the affected have kept silent. It is no wonder that we know so little about adoption and its aftermath. The Adoption Mystique outlines the history and background of American adoption culture from a psychosocial or environmental perspective. It looks at adoption through a series of essays that explore the hidden but powerful religious, social and economic factors that affect society's image of adoption past and present.The undercurrent of negative feelings and treatment accorded adoptive families--and adoptive status in particular--remain much the same despite recent reforms.
The book not only examines the problem, but leads to an effective solution.

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