Ideal Adoption: A Comprehensive Guide to Forming an Adoptive Family

Ideal Adoption: A Comprehensive Guide to Forming an Adoptive Family

Ideal Adoption: A Comprehensive Guide to Forming an Adoptive Family

Ideal Adoption: A Comprehensive Guide to Forming an Adoptive Family

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As defined in this book, an ideal adoption should meet the expected goals of the individuals who are affected by the adoption process. Frequently, I have found in my professional experience with birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted children that what appears to be ideal for one member of the adoption triangle is not so for the other members. As a result, the common goals of birth parents, adopting parents, and adopted children are not met, and each individual, and society as a whole, suffer.

This mutual goal can be accomplished if all of the professionals involved in the adoption process (social workers, lawyers, psychologists, and judges) become familiar with the problems and needs of birth parents, adopting parents, and adopted children and work together to overcome these problems and to meet these needs. In agreement with the spirit of respecting the individuality of the child, the prospective adoptive family, and the birth family, an important philosophy repeatedly emphasized in this book is that individual differences within acceptable norms must be respected. Thus, within the book will be found a framework for acceptable choices that will benefit each member . . .

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