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Intercountry adoption from China : examining cultural-heritage and other postadoption issues
Rojewski, Jay W., 1959-
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Westport, Conn. : Bergin & Garvey, [2001]

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xv, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Starting with questions about how to incorporate Chinese culture and custom into the lives of their adopted daughters Emily and Claire, the authors began a year-long search for answers. The result is a detailed examination of the post-adoptive views, actions, and experiences of a national sample of families with children from China toward acknowledging their adopted child's Chinese cultural-heritage and the issues they face together as a multicultural family. Historical and present-day issues affecting intercountry adoptees and their families, such as arguments used to support or oppose intercountry and transracial adoption, developmental delay and the effects of institutionalization on Chinese adoptees, parent-child attachment, discrimination and racial prejudice, and identity development, are detailed. Parents' beliefs and experiences on these issues are supplemented by a multi-disciplined, comprehensive review of available literature.

While occasionally relying on personal experiences, this book is not about the authors' personal adoption story and parenting experiences. Rather, the focus is on common experiences and reactions of adoptive families who were, for the most part, firmly ensconced in the cultural mainstream but now find themselves viewed differently by society; these parents find that issues of culture, race, and ethnicity have become an important part of their everyday lives. Adoption scholars and professionals, as well as adoptive parents, will benefit from reading Intercountry Adoption from China.

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Jay W. Rojewski is a professor in the Department of Occupational Studies, University of Georgia.

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Jay Rojewski (occupational studies, Univ. of Georgia) and Jacy Rojewski (special education teacher), parents of adopted daughters from China, examine intercountry postadoption issues focusing on the Chinese cultural experiences that adoptive families provide for their children, as well as information about family adjustment. The 339 completed surveys were obtained via a widely advertised Web site. Issues concerning research using Internet samples are discussed. The authors acknowledge that their descriptive study raises as many questions as it answers. Because of the source of the data, the young age of most of the adoptees, and the fact that only China is considered, this material might be dismissed as merely interesting. However, the authors have placed their findings in a thorough, scholarly summary of postadoption issues and research in intercountry placements. References are exhaustive and summaries of previous work useful. Theoretical perspectives and areas for future research are proposed, placing the book with the body of literature in this field--E. Bartholet, Family Bonds: Adoption and the Politics of Parenting (CH, Nov'93); Brodzinsky et al, Children's Adjustment to Adoption (1998); R.J. Simon and H. Altstein, Adoption across Borders (2000). Of special interest to intercountry adoptive families and adoption professionals. Good overview of available research and adoption issues for students at all levels. M. E. Elwell emeritus, Salisbury University

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 Background and Context of Intercountry Adoption and Research Studyp. 1
2 Philosophical Issues and Concerns Surrounding Intercountry Adoptionp. 19
3 The Process of Intercountry Adoption from Chinap. 31
4 "And Baby Makes Three": Attachment and Adjustment Issuesp. 41
5 Addressing Chinese Culture and Heritagep. 73
6 Race, Discrimination, and the Reactions of Strangersp. 109
7 Preferential Adoptions: Family Size and Single Parentingp. 127
8 Who Am I? Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Identity Developmentp. 143
9 Final Thoughts: Where Do We Go from Here?p. 159
A Select Studies Examining the Behavior and Adjustment Patterns of International Adopteesp. 177
B Select Studies Examining How Adoptive Families Acknowledge and Nurture the Cultural Heritage of Intercountry Adopteesp. 185
Referencesp. 189
Author Indexp. 203
Subject Indexp. 209