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Looking through the ‘lens of adoption’ in working with loss and trauma- Lessons learnt from past adoption practices Dr Sue Green ©www.vanish.org.au.

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1 Looking through the ‘lens of adoption’ in working with loss and trauma- Lessons learnt from past adoption practices Dr Sue Green ©www.vanish.org.au

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4 Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices (Kenny et al, 2012 )

5 National Apology for Forced Adoptions

6 Past Adoption Rates Source: Senate Community Affairs References Committee (2012) cited in AIFS Report (2012), p.7. Note National data was not collected between and

7 Rate of adoption and teenage fertility Source: Senate Community Affairs References Committee (2012) cited in AIFS Report (2012), p.9.

8 The Ripple Effect

9 Recognise the context and impact of past adoption practices Identify the effects of loss and possible expressions of loss and trauma Engage empathetically with individuals separated by adoption and use adoption sensitive enquiry Adoption competent practice

10 Understand the adoption related complexities, theories and case conceptualization applicable to adoption Draw on a range of therapeutic approaches including grief, narrative, core schema and trauma based. Work with three unique areas of adoption complexity 1) the ‘late discovery of adoption status’, 2) the re-emergence of grief and trauma during search and contact and 3) the phenomenon of genetic sexual attraction Adoption Competent Counselling

11 The seven core Issues in adoption over the life cycle (Silverstien and Kaplan, 1988 )

12 Adoption is created through loss, without loss there would be no adoption Parties will have experienced at least one major loss before adoption takes place Adoption is not just a legal disposition at one point of time, but a fundamental life- altering event Adoption Legacy

13 Loss in adoption is not a single traumatic event but a continuing and evolving process given numerous secondary losses over the life cycle Specific experiences, circumstances and family configurations are diverse and unique to every individual however there is a commonality of affective experiences and issues Adoption Legacy

14 The experience of loss and trauma can be triggered at any time during the life cycle These issues are not pathological but evolve naturally out of the nature of adoption, particularly given secrecy and denial Every loss must be grieved but there are not rituals or ceremonies to acknowledge the loss Adoption Legacy

15 The seven core Issues in adoption over the life cycle (Silverstien and Kaplan, 1988 )

16 Mattering Trust Additional core issues (Grand, 2010)


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