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Posted September 4, 2003
This is a great resource for adoption members (and anyone else) who want to understand the developmental stages and clinical issues in adoption.
Pavao, an adoptee herself, was only told once of her adoption and after that 'no one would talk, no one would explain.' She grew up with the poisonous idea that 'people who have secrets about them think there¿s something wrong with them.'When she met her birthmother, the secrecy continued. No wonder, today, as a 'family system thinker Pavao works to change a system that perpetuates secrecy. The Family of Adoption is meant for everyone in the world of adoption, but with focus on the best interest of the child. Pavao points out that birth and adoptive families are not the only ones responsible for the family of adoption. She deplores the fact that to this day material on adoption in medical school texts are lacking. The nation¿s psychiatrists, pediatricians, obstetricians, gynecologists and general practitioners are taught next to nothing about adoption. Law schools, too, neglect to give lawyers and judges a broader framework within which to view adoption and serve each client and case. Social workers too get inadequate training to work with complex families, as do professors in psychology programs. Pavao points out the 'sadchange of events'today which shows that adoptions in the U.S. are not based on a deliberation about the child¿s welfare but on business considerations.'Her informative book tries to stir both public and private adoptions in the direction of seeing what placement would be the best for the child, and not best for the family, agency or adoption professional. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2000
A must for any adoptive parent and family
The Family of Adoption provides practical advice on how to handle to difficult issues that surface in any adoption, and offers sensitive insight into the the emotional background of all the parties involved in an adoption--birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted children, and even extended family. This book is valuable not only to the adoptive parents and adopted children, but to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members who will impact the adoptive family, but may have no idea of the complex emotional fabric of that family.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2000