The role of birth/previously adopted children in families choosing to adopt children with special needs

Ellen Steele Mullin, LeAnne D Johnson

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Abstract

Engaging birth/previously adopted children during the adoption process is crucial to laying the groundwork for successful placements. When families choose to adopt children with special needs, however, the role their other children will play in the adoption's success is often overlooked. This article presents a practical model that recognizes the dynamics of strength and vulnerability in adoptive families, then applies this model in preparing and supporting the family through the changes that are inevitable in special needs adoption The model can also be used to assist adoptive parents in identifying and developing the skills they need to manage these shifts within the family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-591
Number of pages13
JournalChild Welfare
Volume78
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999

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