Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption

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Routledge, 7 Mei 2007 - 192 halaman

Adopted persons face challenges their entire lives as they struggle to answer the most basic question: Who am I? The hope of open adoption is that adopted children will develop stronger identities if they have the opportunity to develop healthy ongoing relationships with their families of origin. Making Room in Our Hearts offers an intimate look at how these relationships evolve over time, with real-life stories from families who have experienced open adoption first-hand. This book helps both adoptive and birth parents address their fears and concerns, while offering them the support to put the child’s psychological and spiritual needs at the center of adoption. Based on interviews with more than one hundred adopted children, birth and adoptive parents, extended families, professionals and experts, the book is an effective and invaluable resource for those considering open adoption, those experiencing it, and professionals in the field. Openness has altered the landscape of adoption, and Making Room in Our Hearts will help us catch up to the reality that is open adoption today.

 

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CHAPTER 1 My Familys Story
1
CHAPTER 2 Into the Heart of ChildCentered Open Adoption
9
CHAPTER 3 Understanding Each Others Fears and Concerns
23
CHAPTER 4 This Baby Belongs To Herself and the More People Who Love Her the Better
41
CHAPTER 5 Becoming Extended Family
55
CHAPTER 6 Openness in the Public Adoption System
73
CHAPTER 7 Opening Closed Adoptions
83
CHAPTER 8 Unique FamiliesUnique Challenges
99
CHAPTER 9 Making It Work
113
CHAPTER 10 A Call for Change
135
Closing Thoughts
153
Resources
157
References
167
Acknowledgments
169
Index
171
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