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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay MenA New Dimension in Family Diversity$
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David M. Brodzinsky and Adam Pertman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195322606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.001.0001

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Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parent Families

Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parent Families

Assessment, Clinical Issues, and Intervention

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(p.204) 10 Lesbian and Gay Adoptive Parent Families
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Adoption by Lesbians and Gay Men
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Abbie E. Goldberg

Mark Gianino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322606.003.0058

This chapter provides an overview of assessment and intervention issues in clinical practice with lesbian and gay adoptive parent families. It begins by describing the context of lesbian and gay adoption and then addresses the various phases of lesbian and gay adoptive parent family formation (from assessment to postplacement)—with an emphasis on the contexts influencing family development at these stages—as well as relevant assessment and intervention issues. Recommendations for adoption workers and therapists who work with lesbian and gay adoptive families at these phases will be made throughout. Case examples are provided to illustrate key issues and conflicts faced by these families, as well as opportunities and challenges for therapists.

Keywords:   lesbian and gay adoption, adoptive parents, adoptive families, clinical practice, family formation, family development

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