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Talking with Young Children about Adoption

ISBN-10: 0300063172
ISBN-13: 9780300063172
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 2/22/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

MARY WATKINS is Professor of Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California, where she also serves as director of Community and Ecopsychological Fieldwork and Research. Her previous books, widely read, include Toward Psychologies of Liberation, coauthored with Helene Shulman, and Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues.

Introduction: From Telling to Sharing: Changes in Adoption Practice
Adoption and the World of the Parent
Adoption Research
Adoption and the World of the Young Child
Stories of Parents and Children Talking Together about Adoption
Teddy and Anna
Teddy: I don't want [my birthfather] to find me. He'd take me away. He'd change his mind.
Anna: You know, [in adoption] somebody wins and somebody loses.
Laura and Maya
Laura: Mommy, you're not really really my mommy, are you?
Maya: Let's call [my birthmom] Forsythia.
Jeff and Melissa
Jeff: Why didn't my real mom want me? ... I think she didn't like me.
Melissa: I was always wanted. My parents who adopted me wanted me even before I was born.
Ian and Elizabeth
Ian: How fast did you go, Mommy, to get me in the car?
Elizabeth: Then I was in Daddy's tummy!
Mehera: Adopting means you love a baby very much and go find her.
Kathy and Aaron
Kathy: Who is right, Mom, my birthmom or Jane [who will keeps her baby]?
Aaron: It's okay, Mom. You have me now.
Daniel Joo Bin: Family Lost and Found
Daniel: You're Oma. That means "Mother" in Korean.
Virginia and Jonathan
Virginia: Mom, why would a lady who grew a baby give the baby away?
Jonathan: I so sad I didn't grow in your uterus, Mommy.
Nora: Some kids have lots of mothers.
Max and Lani: Twins in an Open Adoption
Max: Okay, Sis, first I'll marry our friend; then I'll marry you, and one can be the birthmom and one can be the adopted mom.
Lani: I wish I had been in your womb.
Paul and Steven
Paul: Joey is lucky because his mom is three things - his mom, his birthmother, and his teacher. Why can't you be three things?
Steven: When will I ever see my sister again?
Margaret and William: Adoption as "No Big Deal"
A Birth and Adoptive Father
Richard: Where the kid came from seems sort of bookish, abstract.
Appendix A: Two Families Who Decided Not to Talk with Their Young Children about Adoption
Eric: One-Time Telling
Jeremy and Chloe: Deciding to Postpone Telling until Latency
Appendix B: Adoptive Comments, Questions, and Play Sequences of Adopted Children in the Stories, Arranged by Age

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