Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption

Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption

by Micky Duxbury
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Taylor & Francis
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Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption

Adopted persons face challenges their entire lives as they struggle to answer the most basic question: Who am I? The hope of open adoption is that adopted children will develop stronger identities if they have the opportunity to develop healthy ongoing relationships with their families of origin. Making Room in Our Hearts offers an intimate look at how these relationships evolve over time, with real-life stories from families who have experienced open adoption first-hand. This book helps both adoptive and birth parents address their fears and concerns, while offering them the support to put the child’s psychological and spiritual needs at the center of adoption. Based on interviews with more than one hundred adopted children, birth and adoptive parents, extended families, professionals and experts, the book is an effective and invaluable resource for those considering open adoption, those experiencing it, and professionals in the field. Openness has altered the landscape of adoption, and Making Room in Our Hearts will help us catch up to the reality that is open adoption today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415955027
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 840,039
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: My Family's Story

Chapter 2: Into the Heart of Child-Centered Open Adoption

Chapter 3: Understanding Each Other's Fears and Concerns

Chapter 4: "This Baby Belongs to Itself and the More People Who Love It, The Better"

Chapter 5: Becoming Extended Family

Chapter 6: Openness in the Public Adoption System

Chapter 7: Opening Closed Adoptions

Chapter 8: Unique Families - Unique Challenges

Chapter 9: Making It Work

Chapter 10: A Call For Change

Closing Thoughts



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