For social workers, child welfare workers, psychologists, physicians, teachers--any practitioner in need of an up-to-date, broad-ranging reference--this book addresses key developmental, cultural, health, and behavioral issues that can emerge during the transracial and international adoption process. It also provides recommendations for avoiding fraud and coercion and techniques for navigating domestic and foreign adoption laws.
With essays by well-known adoption practitioners and researchers who source both empirical research and practical knowledge, this volume recounts the day-to-day realities of the adoption journey. The text is wholly inclusive, detailing the history, policy, and service requirements relating to white, African American, Asian American, Latino and Mexican American, and Native American children and adoptive families. It addresses specific problems faced by adoptive families with children and youth from China, Russia, Ethiopia, India, Korea, and Guatemala. Dedicated to advancing greater cultural sensitivity and coordinated care, this text provides targeted guidance on ethnic identity formation, trauma, mental health treatment, the challenges of gay or lesbian adoptions, and a host of other issues not addressed in other volumes.