The Adoption Mystique: A Hard-hitting Exposť of the Powerful Negative Social Stigma that Permeates Child Adoption in the United States

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The framework that surrounds adoption laws, policies and practicees, the beliefs, myths and attitudes that endow it with enhanced and profound meaning, value, and mystery are what author Joanne Wolf Small, M.S.W. calls the adoption mystique. Its power is evident in the dispsaraging attitudes about adoption and adoptees held by millions of people.Important issues remain buried, and most of the affected have kept silent. It is no wonder that we know so little about adoption and its aftermath. The Adoption Mystique outlines the history and background of American adoption culture from a psychosocial or environmental perspective. It looks at adoption through a series of essays that explore the hidden but powerful religious, social and economic factors that affect society's image of adoption past and present.The undercurrent of negative feelings and treatment accorded adoptive families--and adoptive status in particular--remain much the same despite recent reforms. The book not only examines the problem, but leads to an effective solution.

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Much of what’s been written and said about adoption—the definitions, myths, interpretations, and so on—was generated by non-adopted persons, and often without benefit of adopted person’s input. No wonder we know so little about adoption’s aftermath. That adoption holds sway over millions of people is testimony to its effect. The issues have lain buried, and most of the affected have kept silent beneath the weight of adoption’s power. The framework that surrounds adoption law, policies, and practice, the beliefs, myths and attitudes that endow it with enhanced and profound meaning, value, and mystery are what I call The Adoption Mystique." J.W. Small

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These essays, that began to materialize as a book about two and a half years ago, look at adoption from a psychosocial or environmental perspective. They outline the history and background of American adoption culture; explore the hidden but powerful religious, social, and economic factors that affect adoption’s collective image, and are often critical of child welfare’s adoption premises, policies, and practices.

Adoption is an industry that has gained power from the desperation, neediness and powerlessness of the birth parents, infertile couples, and adoptees it serves. Society has invested it with an image comparable to that of a sacred cow. Criticism has customarily been taboo.

Recent reforms were forced upon the industry by societal shifts. Despite protestations to the contrary, the undercurrent of negative feelings and attitudes generally accorded the adoptive family as a variant, and adoptive status in particular, remain much the same.

The author finds that colleagues, clinicians from other disciplines, adoptive parents, adopted persons, their child, and spouses hunger to understand adoption. Industry propaganda, research studies, and theories—often without benefit of adopted persons input—fail to tell the whole story.

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