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ISS/IRC Code TOOL-ADOPT UK-022
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Title Adoption with Contact: Implications for policy and practice
Author FRATTER Joan
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Date published/issue 00-00-1996
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, Skyline House, 200 Union Street, London SE1 OLX, United
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Page 281
Price £12.95
ISBN 1 873868 37 5
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Country concerned
Index Identity-origin
Adoption-open
Single-bio-mother
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Fam-orig-info-counsel
Child-interest
Identity-adoptive
Free text In this study, the author addresses the issues presented by the shift in philosophy since the UK Children Act 1989 regarding the need and usefulness of maintaining contact between adopted children and their biological family. As many argue on the benefits adoptees and relinquishing parents can derive from the possibility of contact, the emphasis still seems to be on the views and feelings of the adoptive parents. This "small-scale exploratory study" first began in 1987 with interviews of 22 adoptive families, 18 of which where reinterviewed in 1991 to reassess their original reactions to openness in adoption, and a few birth parents. The author reports that while contact with the biological parents may have varying significance for adoptees, results of the study confirm the importance for all members of the adoptive triangle of greater openness within the adoptive family about the family of origin.

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