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On the last track, we discussed seeing as the child sees. This included the "dealing with adoption issues" technique, the "imagining gains and losses" technique and the "family story book" technique.
Do you have a client who is considering internationally adopting and older child? Might religious differences come up?
On this track, we will discuss trans-religious adoption. This will include the "questions to journal" technique. As you listen, think of your client. How would you respond to your client in these areas?
Although religiously affiliated adoption agencies may try to match the religion regarding the child with that of the parent, in the case of many adoptions of older children, making such a match is often not possible.
Valerie, age 29, was Jewish and a single parent to her adopted daughter Gloria, age 15, who was Hispanic and from South America. Valerie stated, "Gloria was raised by Catholic nuns. When she came to live with me, at age 8, she wanted to be Jewish. Gloria went to synagogue and even wanted to have a Bat Mitzvah. I was thrilled, and so was my family! Gloria has just now started high school. I became extremely disturbed when Gloria started to wear a cross and go to church with her friends! This was very difficult for me, but I very much want to be sensitive to Gloria’s needs."
I explained to Valerie that part of Gloria’s identity might be who she was before she was adopted, and that a piece of this might be her first religion, Catholicism.
Here are Four Questions I have adoptive parents consider regarding adopting a child of a different religion.
On this track, we have discussed trans-religious adoption. This has included the "four helpful actions" technique and the "questions to journal" technique.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
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Goldberg, A. E., Smith, J. Z., & Kashy, D. A. (2010). Preadoptive factors predicting lesbian, gay, and heterosexual couples' relationship quality across the transition to adoptive parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(3), 221–232.
Kelley, H. H., Marks, L. D., & Dollahite, D. C. (2020). Uniting and dividing influences of religion on parent–child relationships in highly religious families. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online publication.
Weyand, C., O'Laughlin, L., & Bennett, P. (2013). Dimensions of religiousness that influence parenting. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 5(3), 182–191.
White, E. E., Baden, A. L., Ferguson, A. L., & Smith, L. (2021). The intersection of race and adoption: Experiences of transracial and international adoptees with microaggressions. Journal of Family Psychology.
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