Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past

By Betsy Keefer; Jayne E. Schooler et al. | Go to book overview
In small groups, discuss each reason as it relates to adoption.
What is the difference between confidentiality and secret keeping as you understand it?
What are seven consequences of secret keeping in the family? Discuss each as it relates to healthy adoptive family living.

NOTES
1.
Jayne Elizabeth Schooler, Searching for a Past ( Colorado Springs: Pinon Press, 1995), 105-6.
2.
Harriet Webster, Family Secrets: How Telling and Not Telling Affects Our Children, Our Relationships and Our Lives ( Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1991), 11.
5.
Michael Mask, Julie Mask, Jeanne Hensley, and Steven Craig, Family Secrets ( Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995), 9-11.
6.
Schooler, 105-6.
7.
Betty Jean Lifton, Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness ( New York: Basic Books, 1993), 22.
8.
M. Weinrob and B. C. Murphy. "The Birth Mother: A Feminist Perspective for the Helping Professional." Woman and Therapy 7, no. 1 ( 1988): 30.
9.
Mask et al., 11.
11.
James Gritter, The Spirit of Open Adoption ( Washington, D.C.: CWLA Press, 1998), 73.
12.
Miriam Reitz and Kenneth W. Watson, Adoption and the Family System ( New York: Guilford Press, 1993), 3.
14.
Quoted in Schooler, 41.
16.
R. G. McRoy, H. D. Grotevant, and L. A. Zucher, Openness in Adoption: New Practices, New Issues ( New York: Praeger, 1988), 14.
17.
Adapted from "Openness in Adoption," from the National Adoption Clearinghouse, www.calib.com/naic.
18.
David Brodzinsky and Marshall Schecter, The Psychology of Adoption ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1990).
19.
Adapted from "Openness in Adoption.
20.
Gritter, 12.
21.
Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher, Talking with Young Children about Adoption ( New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1993), 217-18.

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