‘ “Am I alone in this grief?”: User support for transracially adopted and fostered people’

Harris, Perlita. 2003. ‘ “Am I alone in this grief?”: User support for transracially adopted and fostered people’. In: Hedi Argent, ed. Models of Adoption Support: What Works and What Doesn't. London: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). ISBN 978-1903699256 [Book Section]

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New legislation underlines the requirement for all adoption agencies to continue to support families, directly or indirectly, after an adoption order is made. But what exactly does this mean? When, and how often do adopted persons, adopters and birth parents need support? What is available and how do they get it? How can support be measured and evaluated? With adoption support high on the new adoption agenda, it is vital to understand what is intended, how it is provided and what is expected. The diverse chapters in this book give a snapshot of what is happening, open up possibilities about what can happen and encourage thought about what should happen. All contributors are experts in their field offering different perspectives from first hand experience of developing, providing or enjoying adoption support services. The consultation document Providing effective adoption support (2002) will soon lead to further regulations and consultations. This timely collection will inform the debate.

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18 Nov 2015 10:18

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10 Jul 2017 10:33



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