1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Adoption

Edited By Gretchen Miller Wrobel, Emily Helder, Elisha Marr Copyright 2020
    548 Pages
    by Routledge

    546 Pages
    by Routledge

    Adoption is practiced globally yielding a multidimensional area of study that cannot be characterized by a single movement or discipline. This handbook provides a central source of contemporary scholarship from a variety of disciplines with an international perspective and uses a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to ground adoption practices and activities in scientific research. Perspectives of birth/first parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons are brought forth through a range of disciplinary and theoretical lenses.

    Beginning with background and context of adoption, including sociocultural and political contexts, the handbook then addresses the diversity of adoptive families in terms of family forms, attitudes about adoption, and characteristics of adopted children. Next, research examining the lived experience of adoption for birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted individuals is presented. A variety of outcomes for internationally and domestically adopted children and adoptive families is then discussed and the handbook concludes by addressing the development, training, and implementation of adoption competent clinical practice.

    With cutting-edge research from top international scholars in a diversity of fields, The Routledge Handbook of Adoption should be considered essential reading for students, researchers, and practitioners across the fields of social work, sociology, psychology, medicine, family science, education, and demography.

    Interviews with chapter authors can be accessed as podcasts (https://anchor.fm/emily-helder) or as videos (https://bit.ly/2FIoi0a).

    Part I: Adoption in context

    1. Historical and contemporary contexts of US adoption: an overview

    Elisha Marr, Emily Helder, and Gretchen Miller Wrobel

    2. US adoption by the numbers

    Rose M. Kreider

    3. An economic perspective on ethics in adoption policy

    Mary Eschelbach Hansen

    4. Domestic adoption in Ethiopia

    Sebilu Bodja and Kristi Gleason

    5. Intersection of information science and crisis pregnancy decision-making

    Rachael Clemens

    6. Respecting children’s relationships and identities in adoption

    Elsbeth Neil and Mary Beek

    7. The Early Growth and Development Study: using an adoption design to understand family influences and child development

    Amy L. Whitesel, Andrew Dismukes, Dorothy White, Sally Guyer, Jody M. Ganiban, Leslie D. Leve, and Jenae M. Neiderhiser

    Part II: Diversity in adoption

    8. Unique challenges and strengths for families formed through international adoption

    Marta Reinoso Bernuz

    9. A critical adoption studies and Asian Americanist integrative perspective on the psychology of Korean adoption

    Adam Y. Kim and Richard M. Lee

    10. A nationally representative comparison of Black and White adoptive parents of Black adoptees

    Elizabeth Raleigh and Rose M. Kreider

    11. Racial and gender preferences among potential adoptive parents

    Kathryn A. Sweeney

    12. Adoptive families headed by LGBTQ parents.

    Rachel H. Farr and Cassandra P. Vázquez

    13. Post-institutionalized adopted children: effects of prolonged institutionalization and adoption at an older age

    Megan M. Julian

    14. Adoptees with disabilities or medically involved children: a multidisciplinary approach for preparing parents, assessing the child, and supporting successful family formation

    Dana E. Johnson, Judith Eckerle, Megan Bresnahan, and Maria Kroupina

    15. Adoption in the context of natural disaster

    Peter Selman

    Part III: Lived experience

    16. Birth mothers’ options counseling and relinquishment experiences

    Elissa E. Madden, Donna M. Aguiniga, and Scott Ryan

    17. Transracial adoptees: the rewards and challenges of searching for their birth families

    Danielle Godon-Decoteau and Patricia Ramsey

    18. Communication about adoption in families

    Lindsey J. Thomas and Kristina M. Scharp

    19. Open adoption

    Harold D. Grotevant

    20. How adoptive parents think about their role as parents

    Albert Y.H. Lo and Krystal K. Cashen

    21. Religiosity and adoption

    Emily Helder and Elisha Marr

    22. Adoptive microaggressions: historical foundations, current research, and practical implications

    Karin Garber

    23. Maltreatment of adoptees in adoptive homes

    Jessica A.K. Matthews

    Part IV: Outcomes

    24. Speech and language development in adopted children

    Sharon L. Glennen

    25. Behavioral and emotional adjustment in adoptees

    Eveliina Holmgren, Hanna Raaska, Marko Elovainio, and Helena Lapenleimu

    26. The neurobiological embedding of early social deprivation in children exposed to institutional rearing

    Rebecca Lipschutz and Johanna Bick

    27. Post-adoption short- and long-term social adaptation and competence of internationally adopted children

    Tony Xing Tan, Yanhong Liu, and Cherry Smith

    28. Academic performance and school adjustment of internationally adopted children in Norway.

    Monica Dalen and Steinar Theie

    29. Parenting stress in adoptive families

    Marta Santos-Nunes, Isabel Narciso, and Salomé Vieira-Santos

    30. Adoption instability, adoption breakdown

    Jesús Palacios

    Part V: Adoption Competency

    31. Adoption competent clinical practice

    Anne J. Atkinson

    32. Training for Adoption Competency curriculum

    Debbie Riley and Ellen Singer

    33. Awareness of adoption at school

    Francine Fishman

    34. Post-adoption services: needs and adoption type.

    Darcey H. Merritt, Rachel D. Ludeke

    35. Adoption-specific curricula in higher education

    Bibiana Koh, JaeRan Kim, and Ruth McRoy


    Gretchen Miller Wrobel, Ph.D., is the University Professor of Psychology at Bethel University, USA and co-investigator on the Minnesota-Texas Adoption Research Project. Dr. Wrobel’s research interests include information seeking related to curiosity about one’s adoption and adoptive family communication. She is past editor of Adoption Quarterly.

    Emily Helder, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Calvin University, USA. Dr. Helder is a clinical neuropsychologist whose research and training have focused on the impact of early experience on later development, language, and the experience of abuse, neglect, and early deprivation.

    Elisha Marr, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Gender Studies at Calvin University, USA. Dr. Marr’s research on transracial adoption includes identifying trends in adoption rates, experiences of transracial adoptees and their adoptive parents, and racial preferences of adoptive parents. More recently, Marr has expanded to exploring motivations to adopt.