This is the 2nd part of a two-part article, authored by ACI’s Richard Pearlman, LCSW. It was published in the April issue of Adoption Today Magazine. You can find this article [Part 2 pdf] here For more than two decades, Richard has been thinking about the paradigms that govern how people think about and practice adoption. Along
1st part of a two-part article, authored by ACI’s Richard Pearlman, LCSW, is published in the March issue of Adoption Today magazine. For more than a two decades Richard has been thinking about the paradigms that govern how people think about and practice adoption. Along with Jane Turner, ACI’s executive director, Richard has been developing
Talking about boundaries and her extended family network At ACI we have been examining a new paradigm for thinking about the experience of adoption. This paradigm shift begins with looking beyond the poorly understood and ill-defined concept of “openness”. We have come to see that when a child is adopted, everyone related to that child
A new paradigm in adoption, the role of Extended Family Networks In this entry, Jennifer, an adoptive mother talks about her daughter’s birth family and how she sees her daughter’s original family as part of her extended family network. What Jennifer is discussing represents leading edge thinking in the field of adoption and clearly moves
Molly, an adoptive mom, talks about overcoming the fear of potentially having to give back an adopted child.