chapter  17
8 Pages


ByJulia Feast, David Howe

Over the last 50 years we have learned a great deal about the needs of children who are separated from their family at birth. We appreciate how important it is for children to have access to information about themselves, so that they might better understand who they are, and begin to develop a clear sense of identity. Communicating factual information about family history is seen as an integral part of this process. For the adoptive parent this can be a challenging and sometimes difficult task. Giving and receiving information about complex and sensitive matters, and dealing with children’s reactions and responses require great skill.