Last year in episode 019 of Add Water and Stir, we aired a show called Adoption Disruptions and Rehoming. In that show we explored the touchy issue of adoption disruptions and the practice of rehoming. According to the Department of Health and Human Services child welfare information Gateway, approximately 10 to 25% of adoptions experience disruption. There is very little data on adoption dissolution so it’s hard to know the current statistics on this topics, though estimate put the number at less than 5%. Adoption advocates have expressed concern about increased numbers of adoptions and a decrease in the time to finalization and whether or not the time decrease is predictive of disruption. More research is needed.
Adoption disruption is rarely discussed because is very emotional and potentially mired in so much shame. Adoptive families and feel like they failed, and children experience another major loss and may blame themselves for the disruption. All of these big, painful emotions result in limited public conversations about preventing adoption disruption and providing the necessary support for families who need it most.
On this special episode of Add Water and Stir, we are revisiting the topic of disruption and we are joined by Beverly Clarke director of Project Wait No Longer at the Barker Adoption Foundation located in Bethesda, Maryland. Project Wait No Longer is a program specifically working with families who are pursuing older child adoption. Beverly passionately describes the need for parents to have reasonable expectations, to redefine success for their families and to commit to practicing self-care when things are particularly rough.
This interview is so good, we decided to skip our regular shenanigans in the Wind Down and include our interview with Beverly in its entirety. We hope you find it as educational and entertaining as we did!
Adoption Disruption and Dissolution
- Add Water and Stir 019: Adoption Disruption and Rehoming
- Barker Adoption Foundation, inc – Project Wait No Longer
- Adoption Disruption and Dissolution – US Child Welfare Gateway
- Coping with Disruption and Dissolution – US Child Welfare Gateway
- The Post I Never Expected to Write about Adoption (Our Disrupted Adoption)
- Mom’s of Disrupted/Dissolved Adoption
Blaming the Victim: Legacy of a Disrupted Adoption
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