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Talking with Young Children about Adoption

He started asking questions about adoption at around age three and a half, the
time he began to ask questions about everything. By that time, I was used to
talking about adoption in front of him. l had the vocabulary that I needed to
express my ...

Author : Mary Watkins

Release : 1995-02

Publisher : Yale University Press

ISBN : 9780300063172

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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.

Telling the Truth to Your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past, 2nd Edition

Strategies for Adoptive Parents Talk about adoption comfortably from the time the
child enters your home. If parents adopt a child who is preverbal (an infant or a
child who does not yet speak English), they have a wonderful opportunity to ...

Author : Betsy Keefer Smalley

Release : 2015-09-15

Publisher : ABC-CLIO

ISBN : 1440834059

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Many adopted or foster children have complex, troubling, often painful pasts. This book provides parents and professionals with sound advice on how to communicate effectively about difficult and sensitive topics, providing concrete strategies for helping adopted and foster children make sense of the past so they can enjoy a healthy, well-adjusted future. • Presents age-appropriate, specific guidelines that make an intimidating and potentially uncomfortable task straightforward, organized, and manageable • Serves to remove the fear of how to make sense of the past for foster and adopted children of all ages, allowing parents, teachers, counselors, and other caregivers to have open, honest, and beneficial dialogues with children and teens with tough pasts • Explains how children's development is impacted by separation from their birth families and identifies the issues generated by the trauma occurring before, during, and after the separation • Reveals powerful insights gained from the story of one of the first African American children to be adopted in the United States by a white family—an individual who is now middle-aged

The International Adoption Handbook

Talking with Young Children Ahout Adoption by Mary Watkins and Susan Fisher (
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993). This book includes case studies and
works through sample questions that children ask at different stages of their lives

Author : Myra Alperson

Release : 2013-11-05

Publisher : Holt Paperbacks

ISBN : 1466856246

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For anyone involved in, or thinking about, adopting a child from abroad, The International Adoption Handbook is an essential guide. The process of international adoption can sometimes seem complex, frustrating, and endless. This step-by-step guide, which provides the necessary hard facts and information — as well as support through the experiences of the author and others — will help smooth the way. After a general discussion of who may adopt and what restrictions may apply, the book goes into the nitty-gritty of what the process entails: choosing where to adopt and how to go about it; using an agency or facilitator; initiating the home study; assembling a dossier; working with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; knowing the topes of expenses that can be anticipated; and many other issues. In addition, the book provides up-to-date information on resources, including what is available today on the Internet, information that was previously difficult for adoptive parents to find out on their own. Equally informative are the author's interviews of a number of adoptive families whose stories are interspersed throughout the book. By sharing their experiences, they help to make the process work for others.

Adopting in America

You might be asking a valid question right now. Why are we discussing talking
with your child about adoption when you don't even have a child yet? Good point.
There is a valid reason to bring it up now, however. A couple of reasons, actually.

Author : Randall Hicks

Release : 2012-02

Publisher : SCB Distributors

ISBN : 098394251X

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Authored by one of the nation's leading adoption attorneys, ADOPTING IN AMERICA is the ultimate "how to" book for anyone thinking of adopting. Written in a clear style, it details every type of adoption. This includes not just the standard types (domestic independent, agency and international) covered in other books, but a total of 14 subtypes, including little-known options like non-resident adoption, permitted in 26 states. (These states allow adoptive parents from other states to complete their adoption in their state even though the adoptive parents don't live there, if the minor is born there. This gives adoptive parents greater flexibility to complete their adoption in a state with more favorable adoption laws, procedures and options than their home state.) Particular attention is given to the adoption desired by most adoptive parents: a healthy newborn, including how to network for, and be selected by, a birth mother. The book also includes: Special strategies for success in adopting quickly (particularly when seeking a newborn adoption) known only to top adoption attorneys; a review of key legal issues and how to navigate them safely; how to spot red flags to a risky adoption; how to select the best adoption agency or attorney; how to obtain free medical benefits for the baby; the federal adoption tax credit of $12,650; a review of each state's unique adoption laws, with biographies of each state's members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (over 300 nationally). There are also sample photo-resume letters and networking cover letters. Includes detailed appendices and index.

Child-directed speech. Modifications in linguistic input to children and their possible functions.

In the utterances of young children there is little grammar, vocabulary is
idiosyncratic, and pronunciation immature (. ... Similarly, the Oxford Companion
to the English Language claims that “[a]dults speaking to small children adopt
simplified ...

Author : Philipp Rott

Release : 2003-11-10

Publisher : GRIN Verlag

ISBN : 363822810X

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Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, University of Duisburg-Essen (Foreign Languages), course: Hauptseminar Language Acquisition, SS 2001, 67 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Anyone who has seen and heard a child speak his/her first words and who has noticed how much language determines the progress of a child in becoming independent of his/her parents and in mastering interaction with others must have wondered why it is that children can fulfil such an obviously complex task in such a surprisingly little time with seemingly little effort. It appears almost impossible that the child can achieve so much all by himself/herself. Thus, quite frequently, people consider the linguistic input that is available to the child as a crucial factor for the child’s language acquisition: “It is no wonder that he has learned to speak so fast, with so many people around speaking to him and showing him how to speak!” is an utterance I heard quite often when my son was at the age when he started producing his first words. But did I really help him to learn language? Of course, I noticed my own speech modifications as well as that of other people when conversing with him. But does this special register, which nearly everyone (at least in our western culture) seems to adapt when adressing children, really make a difference? Do we even teach our children to speak? I will not attempt to answer these questions in the present paper, as much more research is needed in this area. However, I want to give an overview on the different features of the language used when adressing children. It will be shown on which principles of modification these features are based and which functions they might serve for the child. Moreover, it will be argued that some features of the speech to children may possibly facilitate language acquisition, but that the language used to them is not necessarily simplified language.

Babies and Young Children

Talking with children The most important factor in children ' s language
development is interaction with I other people . It is important that people who
work with young children adopt practices that contribute positively to children ' s
language ...

Author : Marian Beaver

Release : 2001

Publisher : Nelson Thornes

ISBN : 9780748763825

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Drawing on the Babies and Young Children textbooks, this student-focused resource aims to match the CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education specifications. It includes 'Think about it' activities, Case Studies, and Progress Checks to help students prepare for portfolios, assignments and other forms of assessment.


The Essential Guide to Adopting Quickly and Safely Randall Hicks ... SUBJECT:
Silber and Phylis Speedlin (Corona Publishing, 1991) Making Sense of Adoption

Author : Randall Hicks

Release : 2007

Publisher : Perigee Trade

ISBN : 9780399533686

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An adoption attorney demystifies the legal system in a practical handbook for adoptive parents, covering domestic and international adoptions, as well as public, private, independent, and out-of-state adoptions, surrogacy, and other alternatives, and includes a complete list of every member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and a listing of more than 1,200 private adoption agencies. Original.

How to Adopt Internationally

When You Were Born In Korea: A Memory Book for Children Adopted from Korea
. Available from Adoptive ... Touchpoints: Your Child's Emotional and Behavioral
Development. Addison-Wesley ... Talking with Young Children About Adoption.

Author : Jean Nelson-Erichsen

Release : 1997-01-01

Publisher : Mesa House Pub

ISBN : 9780940352124

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School Library Journal

adopted child might fear that since her adoptive parents also love her, they too
could give her away. In Betty ... Let's Talk about It reassures children about the
permanence of adoption: "Being angry doesn't mean that love goes away." Books

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Release : 1997

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Family Systems Within Educational Contexts

Examines the various forms of adoption , as well as foster care and surrogate
mothering . Melina , L . R ... Transracial adoption : Children and parents speak . ...
How to talk to your kids about really important things : For children four to twelve .

Author : Rosemary Lambie

Release : 2000

Publisher :


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I thought you'd know what I was talking about, you being a judge and all. “
Elective mutism is a refusal to speak. Not a refusal to answer any particular
question, a refusal to speak at all. Very young children often adopt such a
strategy when it's ...

Author : Andrew Vachss

Release : 2013-06-11

Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN : 0307907759

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The idyllic facade of a small coastal tourist magnet hides its secrets well. But when the shining star pitcher of the girls’ softball team guns down the most popular boy in school, the shockwaves reverberate far beyond the school’s walls. In the wake of the killing, two of the town’s newer residents turn over deeply embedded rocks, exposing a subculture of almost unimaginable horror lurking beneath. Formerly a nurse with Médecins Sans Frontières, Dolly has become a defender and confidante to dozens of local teenage girls, and she refuses to accept that MaryLou (“Mighty Mary”) McCoy’s gunning down Cameron Taft in a high school hallway is a typical school shooting. Although MaryLou’s guilt is not in doubt—it’s even captured on the school’s security camera—the girl insists on a trial . . . but inexplicably refuses to cooperate with her own defense. Enlisting her troupe of teenagers and the local contacts she has cemented, Dolly calls on all of her resources to get to the truth . . . and to whatever secret MaryLou is guarding. When Dolly’s husband, Dell, sees his beloved wife begin her quest, he immediately signs on. A former mercenary and ex-Legionnaire, Dell treats this “job” as he would any other—with no boundaries. His entire arsenal is put into play: guile, extortion, tracking devices, shadow networks, and, finally, an act of terrorism that blows the cover off the soul-killing rite of passage demanded of the town’s most vulnerable girls. Dell’s discovery of MaryLou’s true motive and the community’s shocking failure to protect its children culminates in a decision to put the town itself on trial. The explosive verdict blows away the facade . . . and forces the village to stand in judgment of itself. The aftershocks keep coming until the foundation itself fractures, leaving cracks too deep to patch ever again.

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Cognitive Development

Social Referencing In the United States, adults pretend for very young children. ...
A child might understand that a person talking into a banana must be pretending
it is a telephone since people do not typically ... In such situations, children
appear to adopt the parent's emotional response to an ambiguous situation, and
act ...

Author : Usha Goswami

Release : 2011-07-11

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

ISBN : 1444351737

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This definitive volume is the result of collaboration by top scholars in the field of children's cognition. New edition offers an up-to-date overview of all the major areas of importance in the field, and includes new data from cognitive neuroscience and new chapters on social cognitive development and language Provides state-of-the-art summaries of current research by international specialists in different areas of cognitive development Spans aspects of cognitive development from infancy to the onset of adolescence Includes chapters on symbolic reasoning, pretend play, spatial development, abnormal cognitive development and current theoretical perspectives

Should You Adopt?

Although this is an innocent mistake , talk it over with the relative before it
becomes a problem . Sometimes parents overemphasize the fact of their child ' s
adoption , and it is not good to err on that side either . Lois Melina says :
Sometimes , in ...

Author : Christine M. Field

Release : 1997

Publisher : Fleming H Revell Company

ISBN : 9780800756284

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This book will help you sort through the legal concerns and help you work through the questions you will have before embarking on the adoption journey.

Adoption: Home Where You Belong: Catholic for a Reason IV

However, our resignation to the idea of no more children did not dampen her
desire to love. When Jeff saw Emily's genuine desire to love and nurture, we
openedthe doors anew tosearching for childrenthrough adoption. We began
talking to ...

Author : Jeff Cavins

Release : 2007-06-01

Publisher : Emmaus Road Publishing

ISBN : 1940329809

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Having adopted two girls, Jeff and Emily Cavins share the deepening of their understanding of love and family life through the blessing of adoption. As Catholics, we often hear about being “adopted sons and daughters of the Father”, but do we put this into practice in our daily lives? The Cavinses show how they were changed and blessed by bringing home their two adopted daughters, and challenge others to see the beauty of adoption and recognize the profound theological meaning it manifests. In their own words, “Adoption changes our whole understanding of God as we come face to face with His love for us … Through adoption we have come to understand it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Born Believers

that their daughter report what hostile slander she was spewing, she defiantly
retorted, “I wasn't talking to you! ... I do not pretend that the angel-seeing girl is
representative of children generally (and, incidentally, she has grown up to be a
normal, well-adjusted person), or that little boys speculate ... The question to be
answered, then, is how and why many religious ideas are so easy for children to

Author : Justin L. Barrett

Release : 2012-03-20

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN : 1439196575

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Infants have a lot to make sense of in the world: Why does the sun shine and night fall; why do some objects move in response to words, while others won’t budge; who is it that looks over them and cares for them? How the developing brain grapples with these and other questions leads children, across cultures, to naturally develop a belief in a divine power of remarkably consistent traits––a god that is a powerful creator, knowing, immortal, and good—explains noted developmental psychologist and anthropologist Justin L. Barrett in this enlightening and provocative book. In short, we are all born believers. Belief begins in the brain. Under the sway of powerful internal and external influences, children understand their environments by imagining at least one creative and intelligent agent, a grand creator and controller that brings order and purpose to the world. Further, these beliefs in unseen super beings help organize children’s intuitions about morality and surprising life events, making life meaningful. Summarizing scientific experiments conducted with children across the globe, Professor Barrett illustrates the ways human beings have come to develop complex belief systems about God’s omniscience, the afterlife, and the immortality of deities. He shows how the science of childhood religiosity reveals, across humanity, a “natural religion,” the organization of those beliefs that humans gravitate to organically, and how it underlies all of the world’s major religions, uniting them under one common source. For believers and nonbelievers alike, Barrett offers a compelling argument for the human instinct for religion, as he guides all parents in how to effectively encourage children in developing a healthy constellation of beliefs about the world around them.

Scripture and the Mystery of Marriage and Family Life

However, our resignation to the idea of no more children did not dampen her
desire to love. When Jeff saw Emily's genuine desire to love and nurture, we
opened the doors anew to searching for children through adoption. We began
talking to ...

Author : Scott Hahn

Release : 2007-04

Publisher : Emmaus Road Publishing

ISBN : 9781931018449

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Scott Hahn and a dozen of his students write thirteen chapters "to show how the teachings of Scripture and the Catholic Church relate to each other. At the same time, we hope you will catch a new vision of the Catholic faith in all of its beauty, symmetry, coherence, and practicality" (p. 4).

Concepts in Adoption

These children will often show remarkable progress, however, once they are able
to talk and comprehend their life experiences, and perhaps the patience and
caring of adoptive families since the child's adoption is the main reason many of ...

Author : Pat Holmes

Release : 1986

Publisher :


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Adoption, Race, and Identity

ceremonies), seeking out blacks as friends, sending their children to interracial
schools, and attending black churches ... half of our lives talking to social workers
" Others reported attending black churches, taking classes in Korean cooking, ...

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ISBN : 9781412816465

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Adoption, Race, and Identity is a long-range study of the impact of interracial adoption on those adopted and their families. Initiated in 1972, it was continued in 1979, 1984, and 1991. Cumulatively, these four phases trace the subjects from early childhood into young adulthood. This is the only extended study of this controversial subject. Simon and Altstein provide a broad perspective of the impact of transracial adoption and include profiles of the families involved in the study. They explore and compare the experiences of both the parents and the children. They identify families whose adoption experiences were problematic and those whose experiences were positive. Finally, the study looks at the insights the experience of transracial adoption brought to the adoptive parents and what advice they would pass on to future parents adopting children from different racial backgrounds. They include the reflections of those adopted included in the 1972 first phase, who are now adults themselves. This second edition includes a new concluding chapter that updates the fourth and last phase of the study. The authors were able to locate 88 of the 96 families who participated in the 1984 study. Bringing together all four phases of this twenty-year study into one volume gives the reader a richer and deeper understanding of what the experience of transracial adoption has meant for the parents, the adoptees, and children born into the families studied. This landmark work, will be of compelling interest to social workers, policy makers, and professionals and families involved on all sides of interracial adoption. Rita J. Simon is university professor in the School of Public Affairs at the Washington College of Law at American University. She is editor of the journal Gender Issues and author of The American Jury, The Insanity Defense: A Critical Assessment of Law and Policy in the Post-Hinckley Era (with David Aaronson), In the Golden Land: A Century of Russian and Soviet Jewish Immigration, Social Science Data and Supreme Court Decisions (with Rosemary Erickson), and Abortion: Statutes, Policies, and Public Attitudes the World Over. Howard Altstein, a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, is the co-author of Intercountry Adoption: A Multinational Perspective. He has also collaborated with Rita Simon on their twenty-year study of transracial adoption.

Children First

They see adoption and 50 % or more . that irrevocable decision to achieve a new
permanence as somehow a ... I look at the flow of infants , see a sustained
increase , but I am not talking about a children four and under , because they are

Author : Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Education Committee

Release : 2012-11-13

Publisher : The Stationery Office

ISBN : 9780215050656

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Additional written evidence is contained in Volume 3, available on the Committee website at

Awakening Children's Minds

As early as I 1/2 to 2 years, children begin to talk about the past, guided by adults
who prompt them and expand on their ... As children participate in these
dialogues, they adopt the narrative thinking generated in them and retain many
details ...

Author : Laura E. Berk

Release : 2001-10-25

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 0199728623

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Parents and teachers today face a swirl of conflicting theories about child rearing and educational practice. Indeed, current guides are contradictory, oversimplified, and at odds with current scientific knowledge. Now, in Awakening Children's Minds, Laura Berk cuts through the confusion of competing theories, offering a new way of thinking about the roles of parents and teachers and how they can make a difference in children's lives. This is the first book to bring to a general audience, in lucid prose richly laced with examples, truly state-of-the-art thinking about child rearing and early education. Berk's central message is that parents and teachers contribute profoundly to the development of competent, caring, well-adjusted children. In particular, she argues that adult-child communication in shared activities is the wellspring of psychological development. These dialogues enhance language skills, reasoning ability, problem-solving strategies, the capacity to bring action under the control of thought, and the child's cultural and moral values. Berk explains how children weave the voices of more expert cultural members into dialogues with themselves. When puzzling, difficult, or stressful circumstances arise, children call on this private speech to guide and control their thinking and behavior. In addition to providing clear roles for parents and teachers, Berk also offers concrete suggestions for creating and evaluating quality educational environments--at home, in child care, in preschool, and in primary school--and addresses the unique challenges of helping children with special needs. Parents, Berk writes, need a consistent way of thinking about their role in children's lives, one that can guide them in making effective child-rearing decisions. Awakening Children's Minds gives us the basic guidance we need to raise caring, thoughtful, intelligent children.