An interview with author, adoptee and clinician, Joyce Maguire Pavao about parenting an adopted child. Joyce describes the changing demographics of adopted children, and how adopted children are increasingly older and may have experienced trauma as well as the loss of their birth family. Joyce asserts that “adoption doesn’t fix anything, ” and that each member of the adoptive relationship will still need to grieve their losses. She describes ways that families can honor the birth family and reassures parents that their child will not be confused about who their parents are, because they know so well who has raised them. Joyce describes the importance of early disclosure to adopted children about their own origins, and also tells her own story of finding and reconnecting with her birth family, with the support of her parents.
An interview with therapist, advocate and trauma survivor, Mary Auslander about the nature of trauma, the ingredients of recovery and what a person can realistically hope for as they heal from trauma. [Read more…]
An interview with psychologist Dr. Robert Childs on the difficulties and shame that adoptees face in talking to their adoptive families about their biological parents. [Read more…]