Adoption Beyond Borders: How International Adoption Benefits Children

Hardcover | February 10, 2016

byRebecca Compton

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International adoptions have decreased dramatically in the last decade, despite robust evidence of the tremendous benefits that early placement in adoptive families can confer upon children who are not able to remain with birth families. Adoption Beyond Borders integrates evidence from a rangeof disciplines in the social and biological sciences - including psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, sociology, anthropology, and social work - to provide a ringing endorsement of international adoption as a viable child welfare option. The author interweaves narrative accounts of herown adoption journey, which involved visiting a Kazakhstani orphanage daily for nearly a year, to illustrate the complexities and implications of the research evidence. Topics include: the effects of institutionalization on children's developing brains, cognitive abilities, and socio-emotional functioning; the challenges of navigating issues of identity when adopting across national, cultural, and racial lines; the strong emotional bonds that form even withoutgenetic relatedness; and the methods in which adoptive families can address the special needs of children who experienced early neglect and deprivation, thereby providing a supportive environment in which those children can flourish. Striving to attain a balanced, evidence-based perspective oncontroversial issues, Adoption Beyond Borders argues that international adoption must be maintained and supported as a vital means of promoting international child welfare.

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International adoptions have decreased dramatically in the last decade, despite robust evidence of the tremendous benefits that early placement in adoptive families can confer upon children who are not able to remain with birth families. Adoption Beyond Borders integrates evidence from a rangeof disciplines in the social and biological...

Rebecca Compton is professor of psychology at Haverford College, where she has taught since 1999. She received her BA from Vassar College and her PhD in biological psychology from University of Chicago. Her previous research focused on executive function, attention, and emotion regulation in the human brain, and she has co-authored Cog...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART 1: The Adopted Child: Patterns of Loss and Gain1. Introduction2. Physical and Cognitive Development3. Social and Emotional Development4. Culture, Race, and IdentityPART 2: Adoptive Families: Biological, Social, and Clinical Approaches5. Adoption and the Biology of Parenting6. Adoptive Families in Society7. Special Needs and Interventions8. Conclusions and Policy Considerations

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"This is a deeply intelligent book that should be a must read for adoptive parents, policy makers, academics, child welfare professionals, and all who care about children. It is beautifully written, insightful and wonderfully wise. Compton destroys many of the stereotypes that dominatediscourse on international adoption, and provides an understanding of the reality based on an in-depth assessment of the social science." --Elizabeth Bartholet, JD, Morris Wasserstein Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Child Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School