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Jan & Linda's Responses XXII March 18th, 2005
Which Dog Do You Feed? - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW March 14th, 2005
The challenge for those parents, whose style of discipline is punitive, is to adopt a more positive style. Some parents feel that without resorting to yelling and spanking, they have no other tool with which to shape, correct or discipline their children.
Understanding the Search - Patricia Martinez Dorner MA, LPC, LMFT March 14th, 2005
Search and contact set off a massive rollercoaster that offers pathways for healing to all parties involved with adoption. Some of the outcomes of a search are feelings of wholeness, clearer sense of self and self worth, increased trust, increased ability to interrelate and have intimacy, diminished sense of rejection & abandonment, entitlement to exist and strengthened bonds between the adopted person & his parents/family. Inherent in this process is the right to develop whatever relationship is possible as in other families.
Adoption Friendly Curriculum - MN ASAP March 14th, 2005
For trans-racially adopted children who are required to write a paper about genealogy, race presents complexities. While some children are happy to explore their racial or ethnic heritage, others are ambivalent, resisting being pegged as being and looking different. The child may feel caught between feeling disloyal to the adoptive family and feeling guilt for denying the essence of “who I am.”
Jan & Linda's Responses XXI March 11th, 2005
End of the Road March 07th, 2005
Are You Sure You Need to Go to Court? - Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW March 07th, 2005
In the adult situation of parenting decisions post-separation, clearly the stakes are higher, but the process is similar. The trouble lies in the sophistication of the fight and access to resources. Parents can bring in more arguments, can obscure details, and can economically and emotionally wear each other down. Unlike kids in the sandbox, their very children suffer the consequences of the ongoing and resource depleting dispute. The children may suffer economically as each dollar to the dispute is a dollar that could have been directed to their care. The children suffer emotionally.
Opening Closed Adoptions - Patricia Martinez Dorner MA, LPC, LMFT March 07th, 2005
We have come to learn that adopted persons, even in early childhood, have a need to understand why the adoption took place and whom they resemble. They struggle with issues of identity, rejection, grief and abandonment. They act out to verbalize their needs in ways that we now are better recognizing as typical.
A Guidepost for Transracial Adoption - MN ASAP March 07th, 2005
An interview with Jaiya John, author of "Black Baby White Hands: a View from the Crib".
Jan's Responses XX March 04th, 2005
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