Description - After Adoption by Janette Logan
Few children are placed for adoption with no form of contact planned with birth relatives and it has become common professional practice to advocate direct rather than indirect contact. Practice has outstripped evidence in this respect and not enough is known about how contact arrangements actually work out, particularly for older children adopted from state care. Such children have often experienced neglect, and sometimes abuse, and have frequently been adopted without parental agreement. Based on research with a large number of adoptive parents, children and birth relatives, "After Adoption" considers the impact of direct post-adoption contact on all concerned in such cases. It also: discusses the development of adoption policy and law, particularly with regard to the legal and social consequences; reviews the research evidence on adopted children's contact with their birth families; amd explores through interviews participants' feelings about adoption and direct contact, their relationships with each other and what hinders and what helps.
This book challenges readers to re-think the relationship between adoption and the possibility of direct post-adoption contact and at the same time provides a comprehensive understanding of adoption issues.
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