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Special-Needs Adoption: A Study of Intact Families

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This volume reports the results of a large-scale survey of families who adopted children with special needs: older children, minority children, handicapped children, or sibling groups. In contrast to much of the current literature which focuses on adoption disruption, this study shifts the focus of inquiry to intact families. It assesses perceptions of social work services, parent-child relationships, family functioning, child behavior, school performance, and other aspects of adoptive family life. Rosenthal and ...

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Overview

This volume reports the results of a large-scale survey of families who adopted children with special needs: older children, minority children, handicapped children, or sibling groups. In contrast to much of the current literature which focuses on adoption disruption, this study shifts the focus of inquiry to intact families. It assesses perceptions of social work services, parent-child relationships, family functioning, child behavior, school performance, and other aspects of adoptive family life. Rosenthal and Groze compare outcomes for different types of adoptions, including adoptions of children of different ages, adoptions by minority families, transracial adoptions, single-parent adoptions, adoptions by less educated and less wealthy families, adoptions by foster parents, adoptions of children with handicaps, and sibling group adoptions.

The authors offer solid advice, based on their sample of 800 respondents, regarding various aspects of practice in the field of adoption, including selection of families, preparation of families and children, and useful follow-up services. Special-Needs Adoption is an invaluable tool for agencies developing adoption programs, and practitioners seeking the latest information regarding adoptive family dynamics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275937904
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1992
  • Pages: 264
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

JAMES A. ROSENTHAL is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

VICTOR K. GROZE is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work in Iowa City.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Change and Challenge in Adoption 1
Ch. 2 Study Design and Sample 15
Ch. 3 An Overview of Findings: Promise and Optimism 25
Ch. 4 Rewards and Difficulties: The Parents' Perspective 57
Ch. 5 Voices of Adoptees: Five Personal Stories 75
Ch. 6 Focus on Family Functioning 93
Ch. 7 Focus on Single Parents 111
Ch. 8 Focus on Minority Children and Families 127
Ch. 9 Focus on Children with Handicaps 149
Ch. 10 Focus on the Children's Behavior 169
Ch. 11 Focus on Selected Topics 189
Ch. 12 Practice Recommendations: Special-Needs Adoption in the 1990s 205
References 221
Index 233
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