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Talking with young children about adoption

Author: Mary Watkins; Susan M Fisher
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1993.
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Discusses how young children make sense of the fact that they are adopted with 20 accounts of parents talking to their children about adoption.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Watkins, Mary, 1950-
Talking with young children about adoption.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1993
(DLC) 92044529
(OCoLC)27147080
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Watkins; Susan M Fisher
ISBN: 9780300194326 0300194323
OCLC Number: 951623277
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 257 pages)
Contents: Introduction: From Telling to Sharing: Changes in Adoption Practice --
Ch. 1. Adoption and the World of the Parent --
Ch. 2. Adoption Research --
Ch. 3. Adoption and the World of the Young Child --
Ch. 4. 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. 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. 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.
Responsibility: Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher.

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Discusses how young children make sense of the fact that they are adopted with 20 accounts of parents talking to their children about adoption.

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