The Adopted Child

The Adopted Child

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This exploration of the experiences of adopting parents and children offers unusual insight into adoption's complexity and its profound impact on family life. Based on the author's research in Germany, where she lives and teaches, The Adopted Child has a great deal to say about child rearing and identity, as well as offering insights into similarities and differences in family life and adoption in Germany and the United States. Hoffman-Reim takes the reader through the decision to adopt, the adoption placement procedure, and the transition from qapplicantq to qMother and Father.q She explores differences between emotions experienced in adopting a baby, a toddler, and an older child, and how these emotions can affect relations with the world outside the nuclear family. A central concern is secrecy and disclosure with regard to the adopted child's origins. Whether a child knows it has been adopted, how it learns, and at what age is immensely important for both child and parents. These consequences are in turn linked with how much the child and its adoptive parents know about the birth parents. Particularly fascinating is the discussion of how biography and identity is constructed by all parties to the adoption process. Based on case studies and extensive interviews, The Adopted Child is likely to fascinate American readers as it did those in Germany. Professionals as well as those interested in adoption and family life in general will find it significant. Sociologists will find it theoretically innovative as well as solidly grounded in concepts and traditions from a diversity of related disciplines. And anyone interested in Germans and German society will find the materials revealing, and the author's interpretation insightful and wise. Christa Hoffman-Reim is professor of sociology at the University of Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany.What I am suggesting is that American readers might also find quite fascinating both the similarities and differences between our respective ... Whether a child knows it has been adopted, and at what age it learns or is told, proves to be 1just as some adoptive experts have ... These consequences are linked with how much the child and its adoptive parents actually know or are told, and in what detail andanbsp;...

Title:The Adopted Child
Author:Christa Hoffmann-Riem
Publisher:Transaction Publishers -


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