a parent's guide to adoption disruption & dissolution

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Reading Resources for Parents Facing Disruption
  1. Article: "A boy they couldn't raise: After he assaulted siblings, his family decided they had no choice but to give him up for another adoption".

  2. The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) offers a Fact Sheet called, "Adoption Dissolution and Death of Adoptive Parents", with important information for parents who adopt children with special needs from the US foster care system.

  3. The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse's information sheet on Disruption and Dissolution offers basic statistical information and has been widely quoted all over the Internet.

  4. Information from the State Department about international adoption and disruption, called "International Adoption Safeguards".

  5. Sample of official Disruption Policy from a state adoption policy manual, in this case, CT.

  6. Boys Town USA provides support to troubled children and families in crisis. Offers program details including classroom management and crisis hotlines. Has a crisis and suicide hotline for parents and kids: 800-448-3000.

  7. Health Information Resource provides objective help in choosing between residential treatment programs.

  8. A popular book on the topic: Barth, R.P., and Berry, M. (1988). "Adoption and Disruption: Rates, Risks, and Responses". New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

  9. Dr. Nancy Spoolstra's personal story, "When to Hold and When to Fold", offers excellent insight into a family setting.

Copyright © 2003 Rita Laws and Nancy Ashe. This copyrighted article may be printed for private family use and for one time reproduction in the newsletters of non-profit adoption support groups and non-profit agencies with appropriate credit to author and web site. This notice must remain with the printed copy. ALL other uses require written permission.

 ~ Rita Laws, Ph.D.

More of this Feature
• Introduction
• Before: Answers to First Questions
• During: The Process
• Adoption Disruption
• Adoption Dissolution
• Residential Treatment
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• More from this Author
• Positive Steps for Families in Crisis
• Understanding Your Child
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