Open Adoption and Diverse Families

By Goldberg, Abbie E.

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Whereas adoption was once a private affair cloaked in secrecy and sealed records, adoptions in the US today are increasingly open - that is, birth and adoptive families meet and become acquainted before the adoption, and remain in contact once it is complete. Experts agree that open adoption comes with many benefits for both birth families and adoptive families and their children, but what does it actually look like for families experiencing it, and what can we learn from those experiences?Open Adoption and Diverse Families reveals the strengths, vulnerabilities, daily struggles and triumphs of adoptive families today. Drawing on extensive interviews with lesbian, gay, and heterosexual parents, many of whom adopted transracially, psychologist Abbie Goldberg confronts the extraordinary questions that open adoption poses: How do adoptive parents feel about openness when they first learn about it, and why do their feelings change over time? How does contact unfold and evolve as a child grows? What types of boundary challenges arise between adoptive and birth family members, particularly in the age of social media and networking? How do adoptive parents talk about adoption with their children, and how does this vary depending on level and type of contact with birth families? Confronting head-on difficult subjects such as birth parents' mental illness and racial differences between birth and adoptive families, Open Adoption and Diverse Families chronicles the decisions and dynamics that adoptive parents sign up for when they pursue option adoption, and is a must-read for all families pursuing or experiencing this exceptional approach to building a family.

Product details

EAN

9780190692056

Format

ebook

Author

Goldberg, Abbie E.

Category

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Pages

200

Language

eng

Imprint

Oxford University Press

Published Date

2019-09-03

Published Country

US

EAN 9780190692056
Format Ebook
Author Goldberg, Abbie E.
Category
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 200
Language eng
Imprint Oxford University Press
Published Date 2019-09-03
Published Country US

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