The Routledge Handbook of Adoption

1st Edition

Gretchen Wrobel, Emily Helder, Elisha Marr

March 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 520 Pages
ISBN 9781138362505 - CAT# K396450
Series: Routledge International Handbooks


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Adoption is practiced globally yielding a multidimensional area of study that cannot be characterized by a single movement or discipline. The Handbook provides a central source of contemporary scholarship from a variety of disciplines with an international perspective and uses a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to ground adoption practices and activities in scientific research. Perspectives of birth/first parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons are brought forth through a range of disciplinary and theoretical lenses.


Beginning with background and context of adoption, including sociocultural and political contexts, the handbook then addresses the diversity of adoptive families in terms of family forms, attitudes about adoption, and characteristics of adopted children. Next, research examining the lived experience of adoption for birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted individuals is presented. A variety of outcomes for internationally and domestically adopted children and adoptive families is then discussed and the Handbook concludes by addressing the development, training and implementation of adoption competent clinical practice.


With cutting-edge research from top international scholars in a diversity of fields, The Routledge Handbook of Adoption should be considered essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners across the fields of social work, sociology, psychology, medicine, family science, education and demography.

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