Parenting Adopted Children and Supporting Adoptive Parents: Messages from Research
This article considers adoption from the perspective of parents, especially the strategies that they employ to enhance attachments and build positive parent-child relationships. The article draws particularly on recent New Zealand research regarding intercountry adoptive parenting, as well as overseas literature on good adoptive parenting practice generally in domestic and intercountry adoption. It also considers the research on methods of supporting parents who adopt and whether there are gaps in legislation, policy or practice in New Zealand that could be closed by borrowing from good examples in the literature, and, or current practice examples. The author is an adoptive parent of Russian-born children and is actively involved in adoptive parent support networks.
Publisher: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers
Keywords: parenting; adopted children; adoption support; research; New Zealand; intercountry adoption
Research Type: Journal Article
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