According to the Dave Thomas Foundation, “[w]hen a child is adopted, that child moves permanently from one family to another family. In the process, all parental rights are legally transferred to the new parents. This means adoptive parents have the same rights and responsibilities as parents whose children were born to them.” Although accurate, there is so much more to adoption than a legal definition.

Adoption is not a one-time event; it is a collection of experiences that occur over a lifetime. It is building relationships, complicated emotions, struggling with one’s identity, and so much more.  In 1983, clinical social workers Deborah N. Silverstein and Sharon Kaplan identified Seven Core Issues experienced by those within the adoption circle. Learning more about these issues can increase one’s knowledge of the complicated world of adoption and post-adoption.

This section contains information and resources on post-adoption-related issues, including additional information on the Seven Core Issues of Adoption.

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Recommended Readings on Post-Adoption

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