Adoption is a complex, emotionally charged process that profoundly affects all parties involved. This book addresses in depth the impact of adoption on biological parents, adoptive parents, adopted children, and siblings. Highlighting dilemmas specific to each group, the authors stress the role of intense ambivalence as they offer a deeper understanding of the psychological issues involved in adoption. Transracial adoptions, the role of immigration trauma in international adoptions, and intrauterine bonding between the fetus and its mother are additional topics that contribute richly to the discussion of this timely and important aspect of clinical practice.
This book presents an unflinching look at the joys and the heartaches, the benefits and the problems of adoption. Written from the vantage point of separation-individuation theory, and rich in clinical material, it focuses primarily on the complexities of bonding in adoptive dyads, but touches also on such critical matters as transracial adoptions, cultural issues, intrauterine and genetic factors, intervention strategies, the possible negative impact of many well-intentioned government-based regulations, and the value of psychoanalytic treatment as a remedial tool in select cases. The authors speak from broad clinical and personal experience with adoption. Anyone who works within the adoption field will find much in this book that is illuminating thought provoking, and helpful.--J. Alexis Burland, M.D.