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ISS/IRC Code COM-ADOPT ENG-021
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Title The Limits of Hope: An Adoptive Mother's Story
Author LOUX Ann Kimble
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General information
Date published/issue 00-00-1997
Date received 00-00-0000
Place published
Editor
Publisher The University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville and London
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Page 266
Price
ISBN 0 8139 1710 7
Type of material Book
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Document information
Document description Testimony
Country concerned UNITED STATES
Index Parental-rights-loss
Child-health-info
Failure-placement
Special-needs-child
Follow-up-adoption
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Prepa-adoption-paps
Free text Testimony by an American adoptive mother. Lack of information and support from social services and lack of awareness of the challenge of adopting children with a past, complicated by an undetected genetic deficiency, adversely affects this family, already with biological children of their own, and inspires this mother to tell her story and the lessons learned over twenty years of struggle. In the words of the author: "A family's decision to adopt at-risk children cannot be equated with the decision to have a biological child or to adopt an infant. Adopting hard-to-place children is another category of raising children, and I believe we must beware of those who imply that there are no differences or who simplify the complexities." She dares to ask the question of whether a family environment is the best place for a seriously disturbed child, quoting a family therapist who had told her "she suspected that, for disturbed children, families were too intimate, too intrusive, too demanding."

Document qualification
Degree of interest Valuable
Work area Psychology
Social work -->
Potential users
Other potential users Adopt-Agency
Adopt-Parents