Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues 1st Edition
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Martha Crawford, LCSW
Laura Dennis' anthology Adoption Therapy is a broad-reaching exploration of a wide range of clinical issues related to adoption. ... Therapists will have a guidebook to help them practice in an informed, competent, and non-pathologizing way.
Addison Cooper, LCSW
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Most of the stories are based on the Closed Adoption experience. But the lessons learned have great value not only for adult adoptees and their families but also for those adopting now as well. With raw honesty, they reveal the painful costs of secrecy, shame and disconnection from identity and birth family. They tell of loyalty binds in which adoptees felt compelled to choose valuing their adoptive families at the cost of denying their interest in their origins and birth families. Some adoptees were fed outright lies. Adoptees tell how they floundered without adequate empathy, validation and support for the profound demands that adoption placed on them. Parents and professionals alike, delivered insufficient support. Choosing to see only the benefits adoption offered, they turned a blind eye and responded through rose-colored glasses. Yes, many benefits accrue to a child adopted into a loving adoption-attuned home. But too often, inadequate preparation, education and support is provided. As a result, these adoptees experienced great challenges in learning how to navigate life as an adoptee.
Adoption Therapy unmasks the myth of adoption as the "perfect" solution AND offers insights and strategies for solutions. While the current trends in adoption practice move towards more openness, cultural resistance persists as well as cultural denial of the emotional and identity costs adoption creates.
Many of the personal stories shared in Adoption Therapy, allow us to peek behind the veil of personal privacy to learn of the private struggles that adoptees confront. Often they struggle/d without support from therapists, friends, and sadly occasionally without the empathy and understanding of their adoptive parents.
This ignorance must be remedied. Parents, therapists, adoptive parents must become thoroughly immersed in the reality of adoption grief, loss/identity issues and the neurobiological effects that result from adverse prenatal experiences. Our culture must wake up to the realities and make the appropriate changes to support adoptees, birth parents, and their families. Adoption Therapy offers a wonderful tool for opening, minds, hearts and spirits so that when adoption is the choice, it can be a gentler, more affirming experience for the adoptee. Gayle H; Swift, ABC, Adoption & Me: A Multicultural Picture Book
Although I've just started reading this wonderful tool - Laura's ADOPTION THERAPY book has already had a strong positive impact on my life. Recently hubby and I began IMAGO THERAPY due to major struggles in our relationship (this is marriage # 4 for me). I am going to heed the books advise and purchase a copy for our therapist because I have complete confidence that it will help our therapist not only assist me more thoroughly, but I also want her to have it in order to help other adoptee clients.
BTW . . . one of my former husbands is also an adoptee (he'll soon be getting out of prison...again), and my youngest son is also an adoptee (he has already served time for DUI manslaughter) and I plan to also share this book with each of them. It's sad I won't be able to share it with my adoptee sister who passed away 3 years ago . . . drug overdose . . . as it may very well have been able to help her, too. Adoptees . . . more of us than not share a life of tragedy due to tragic choices we've made. We need specialized help by people who have the best tools for understanding us....and I believe this book is one such tool, perhaps the first ever.
I also want to say that I hope every adoptee makes a better choice by seeking help and utilizing support tools that target what is most likely their core issue - that of adoption. I hope they purchase two books - one for themselves and one for their therapist!
Thank you, Laura Dennis.
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glad i was able to read it and pass it on .