The term disruption is used to describe an adoption process that ends after the child is placed in an adoptive home and before the adoption is legally finalized, resulting in the child's return to (or entry into) foster care or placement with new adoptive parents.
The term dissolution is used to describe an adoption that ends after it is legally finalized, resulting in the child's return to (or entry into) foster care or placement with new adoptive parents.
Adoption and Disruption: Rates, Risks, and Responses
Richard Barth Books
This book analyzes the personal and social economy values of adoption and the changing characteristics of adoptive children and families, while providing models of psychosocial adjustment to adoption. The implications for child welfare policy and services are explored in depth with special attention to methods for identifying risk factors and to strategies for maintaining adoptions that have been identified as at-risk for disruption.
Family Therapy Magazine: May/June 2004
This issue of Family Therapy Magazine, a journal of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, is dedicated to “Adoption Trends and the Role of Family Therapy.” It contains eight articles on adoption. The magazine can be checked out of the ORPARC library just as books or tapes can. Contact us by phone or email if you would like to borrow a copy of this unique issue.
Wrongful Adoption: Law, Policy, and Practice
Madelyn Freundlich Books
In response to cases where adoptive parents fail to receive accurate or complete information about a child’s physical, emotional, or developmental problems, or about the child’s birth family and history, these authors examine adoption practice (in relation to disclosure of children’s health and other background information), cases that have shaped the legalistic definition of wrongful adoption, significant policy and practice issues, and recommendations for quality adoption practices.