Openness in Adoption

Openness in Adoption : New Practices, New Issues

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In recent years there has been a growing trend towards increased communication among members of the adoption triad. Although many adoption agencies are moving towards increased information sharing, there is little research evidence available concerning the consequences of this practice. This unique study investigates the consequences of openness in adoption, as practiced by several adoption agencies. Seventeen adoptive families and their corresponding birthparents were interviewed. The effects of the open adoption procedures on family life and attitudes were assessed. Included are a review of the literature on openness in adoption; a review of relevant theoretical perspectives; a discussion of agency practices; and a description of strengths and weaknesses of current research methods.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 171 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 14.22mm | 371.95g
  • Praeger Publishers Inc
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • 0275929337
  • 9780275929336
  • 2,345,877

Table of contents

Adoption Issues: Confidentiality in Adoption Adoption Issues: Openness in Adoption Theoretical Perspectives on Openness Agency Practices Method Results: Family Profiles Values and Risks of Openness in Adoption Practice Issues for Adoption Agencies Conclusions Commentary by the Reverend Calvin O. Goerdel Appendix A: Adoptive Parent Interview Schedule Appendix B: Birthparent Interview Schedule References Index
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About Ruth G. McRoy

RUTH G. McROY, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

HAROLD D. GROTEVANT, Ph.D., is Professor of Home Economics and Psychology and Head of the Division of Child Development and Family Relationahips at the University of Texas at Austin.

KERRY L. WHITE, M.A., is the Head Teacher at Hyde Park Baptist Child Development Center in Austin, Texas.
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