This text is designed to support mental health professionals who work with aspecific group of children: those who have lived in foster care, those who have moved from one substitute home to another, and those who must survive repeated loss of contact with people they trust and love. Because of increased efforts to find permanent homes for these children, many more have been brought to the attention of clinicians. The background and problems of these children differ significantly from those of children who have not experienced separation and loss. This book is intended to provide guidance to professionals who are trying to assess and treat children in foster care or adoptive situations. The editors provide an overview of how the child welfare system ^affects the children and parents, therapy that can be used, and basic definition of terms. The 23 contributors include professionals with extensive teaching and practical experience in the field,This book will be a basic source for mental health professionals In the field of adoption.