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September 7, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Looking At Developmental Effects That Manifest In Institutionalized Children

September 7, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Research looked at family environment and development in children adopted from institutionalized care. “This prospective study followed children recently adopted from institutionalized care over two years to investigate the relationship between family environment, executive function, and behavioral outcomes,” study author Constantine A. Stratakis told us. “My research interest is how early life stress effects development.” [More]

April 14, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Jon Stewart and the Bull

April 14, 2016 18:42 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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On his program, The Daily Show, on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart put up with little or no “bull”. He gleefully punched holes in the comments of the pompous and hypocritical. He maintained an enthusiastic following for sixteen years. On April 1, 2016 (it was no April Fool’s joke) Jon changed his stance and went out of his way to save a bull named Frank.... [More]

January 31, 2016
by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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Discipline & Parental Abuse

January 31, 2016 01:49 by Henry M. Pittman, MA  [About the Author]

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When human babies are born, they are totally helpless. The babies need the parent for total survival. As the child begins to develop into a toddler, preschooler, and an adolescent, the once helpless babies, are now taking on an identity of themselves. As parents teach their children the difference between right and wrong along with socially appropriate behavior, discipline is often used. [More]

March 20, 2015
by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC


Adoptions in Crisis: Complicated Mental Health Issues Lead to Disruptions and Dissolutions

March 20, 2015 07:55 by Trey and Rebecca Harrison, MA, LPC  [About the Author]

Rehoming. Disruption. Dissolution. These terms have been tossed around flippantly, often used interchangeably, in the news lately. However, they each encompass very different meanings and have different implications in the world of adoption. This month, Arkansas State Representative Justin Harris and his wife Marsha continually made headlines for rehoming their two adopted daughters to a friend they knew for years. This ‘friend’ eventually raped one of the girls (Arkansas State Representative, 2015). [More]

January 30, 2015
by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate

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Emotionally Negotiating the Adoptive Process

January 30, 2015 07:55 by Autumn Robinson, MA, PhD Candidate  [About the Author]

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There is no doubt that adoption is an emotional process for families, from the initial decision to pursue adoption all the way through negotiating childrearing and adulthood. Adoption is not a simple process, but a complex series of interactions that can be frustrating and daunting. Emotionally fulfilling and at the same time taxing, adoptive families almost universally agree that it is an overall enriching life experience that they wouldn’t change. What’s perhaps most unexpected for families is how their experience of the process is emotionally so similar to that experience that their adoptive child experiences. [More]