Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience

Lost and Found The Adoption Experience Looks at adoption from all sides of the triangle adoptee birth mother adoptive parents A provocative comprehensive inquiry Kirkus Reviews Honest and moving New York Times Important and powerful the

  • Title: Lost and Found: The Adoption Experience
  • Author: Betty Jean Lifton
  • ISBN: 9780472033287
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Looks at adoption from all sides of the triangle adoptee, birth mother, adoptive parents A provocative, comprehensive inquiry Kirkus Reviews Honest and moving New York Times Important and powerful the author is concerned not just with adoptees but with the experience of adoptive parents and birth parents Psychology Today A moving and powerful Looks at adoption from all sides of the triangle adoptee, birth mother, adoptive parents A provocative, comprehensive inquiry Kirkus Reviews Honest and moving New York Times Important and powerful the author is concerned not just with adoptees but with the experience of adoptive parents and birth parents Psychology Today A moving and powerful plea for open discourse instead of secrecy among the participants in the adoption process Public Welfare, American Public Welfare AssociationThe first edition of Betty Jean Lifton s Lost and Found advanced the adoption rights movement in this country in 1979, challenging many states policies of maintaining closed birth records For nearly three decades the book has topped recommended reading lists for those who seek to understand the effects of adoption including adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, and their friends and families.This expanded and updated edition, with new material on the controversies concerning adoption, artificial insemination, and newer reproductive technologies, continues to add to the discussion on this important topic A new preface and afterword by the author have been added, as well as a greatly expanded resources section that in addition to relevant organizations now lists useful Web sites.Betty Jean Lifton, Ph.D is a writer, psychotherapist, and leading advocate for adoption reform Her many books include Journey of the Adopted Self and The King of Children, a New York Times Notable Book She regularly makes appearances as a lecturer on adoption and has an adoption counseling practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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    1. If you have a friend who is adopted or if you are adopted yourself, I'd highly recommend this book. If you are at all considering, I very, very highly recommend this book! It gives incredible insight into the minds of the adopted first and foremost, but also the parents both birth and adopting. After reading this book, if you know someone who is adopted, you will find yourself saying, "Oh, so THAT'S why s/he behaves the way s/he does in certain situations!"The psychological impact of adoption on [...]

    2. This is a must read for anyone interested in the topic of adoption. The author, who is an adoptee herself, very thoroughly examines the adoption experience, looking at it from every angle: the adoptee, the adopter, and the birth parents. She especially focuses on what it is like to be adopted and the struggles most adopted people face in their lives. It was very eyeopening to me and very valuable. The book is quite depressing, though, because it does focus so much on the problems associated with [...]

    3. Although dated, this is a foundational text in adoption and should be read by everyone interested in adoption research.

    4. I read this book after finding more recent "adoption experience" guides to be less applicable. I didn't find out I was adopted until my 30's and it is still an issue cloaked in strangeness with my adoptive parents. I am in communication with my biological family, and this book address an earlier era in adoption that I fall into by circumstance. I found this book very helpful and informative in many ways. It depicts some of the difficulties adoptees have when information is kept from there, treat [...]

    5. Loved this book helped me find some direction!!!! I felt lost until I found our that my birth wasn't in a cabbage patchwhew(-: Betty is a wonderful author and I have read other books she has written.

    6. A must read for any adoptee. I could have written this book myself, I found it so relative. Thanks to this book I am going thru a difficult but very necessary awakening concerning being adopted.

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