Adoption and Fostering: Why and How by Carole R. Smith (auth.) PDF

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First, they suggest that by the age of eleven few, if any, of the adopted children would have been ignorant of their adoptive status and many of them would have started to come to terms with the fact that they had two sets ofparents and the implications of this for their sense ofidentity. In commenting on her own research Farber (1977) suggests that relatively young children show little interest in their adoptive status because their concrete and egocentric thinking and lack of cognitive skills prohibits a full awareness of what adoption means.

First, they suggest that by the age of eleven few, if any, of the adopted children would have been ignorant of their adoptive status and many of them would have started to come to terms with the fact that they had two sets ofparents and the implications of this for their sense ofidentity. In commenting on her own research Farber (1977) suggests that relatively young children show little interest in their adoptive status because their concrete and egocentric thinking and lack of cognitive skills prohibits a full awareness of what adoption means.

This may involve foster home breakdown, and Adcock refers to anum ber of studies showing that the longer children remain in care the more likely they are to have experienced an increasing number of moves (see Rowe and Lambert, 1973; Fanshel and Shinn, 1978; and research documented in Prosser, 1978). In Martin's (1976) study offifty-eight abused children it was found that twenty of the children had been subjected to between three and eight changes of home in four and a half years. He makes the oft-quoted and somewhat emotive remark that 'like the lemmings in their fatalistic march to the sea we find child abuse teams sentencing children to new traumas which may cause more emotional scars and havoc than the abusive environment from which they came'.

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