About Adoption Related Issues
According to the Dave Thomas Foundation, "When a child is adopted, that child moves permanently from one family to another family. In the process, all parental rights are legally transferred to the new parents. This means adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children were born to them." Although accurate, this definition only covers the legalities of adoption.
There is so much more to adoption then what takes place in front of a judge. Adoption is not a one-time event; it is a collection of experiences that occur over a lifetime. Initially, adoption is based on loss. What does that mean? This means that loss has to occur for adoption to take place. But adoption is so much more than legalities and loss. It entails building relationships, complicated emotions, identity and so much more. In 1983 clinical social workers, Deborah N. Silverstein and Sharon Kaplan recognized that there are 7 Core Issues experienced by those within the adoption circle. Learning more about the 7 Core Issues is a great starting point for increasing your knowledge of the complicated world of adoption.
Our Resource Library contains information and resources on adoption-related issues, including additional information on the 7 Core Issues of Adoption.
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