About this book
This book explores what it is like to be involved in contemporary open adoption, characterised by varying forms of contact with birth relatives, from an adoptive parent point of view.
The author’s fine-grained interpretative phenomenological analysis of adopters’ accounts reveals the complexity of kinship for those whose most significant relationships are made, unmade and permanently altered through adoption. MacDonald distinctively connects adoption to wider sociological theories of relatedness and personal life, and focuses on domestic non-kin adoption of children from state care, including compulsory adoption. The book also addresses current child welfare concerns, and suggestions are made for adoption practice. The book will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in adoption, social work, child welfare, foster care, family and sociology.
Mandi MacDonald is Lecturer in social work at Queens University, Belfast, UK. She has extensive social work experience in statutory child welfare services in Northern Ireland, most recently undertaking permanence planning and public adoption for children in care.
- Book Title Parenthood and Open Adoption
- Book Subtitle An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57645-3
- Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
- Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
- eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57644-6
- Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84677-1
- eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57645-3
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages IX, 142
- Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
Children, Youth and Family Policy
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