The adoption of children with SPECIAL NEEDS is successful in the majority of cases as well. (See DISRUPTION for more data).
According to a 1988 article in Child Welfare by Joan Ferry DiGiulio, one important criteria agencies should consider in selecting adoptive parents because it does affect the success of an adoption is the ability of the adopting parents to accept the child as a separate person. In addition, DiGiulio hypothesizes that a prospective adoptive parent's own self-acceptance is an important criteria in determining whether or not the parent can recognize the child's separateness. She further hypothesized that the higher the score of an adoptive parent on a self-acceptance scale, the correspondingly higher the score on a parental acceptance of child scale.
Studying 80 couples who had adopted children under age three and whose children averaged nine years at the time of the study, the scales were administered.
The conclusion: "The study discovered that high self-acceptance of adoptive parents influenced high parental acceptance of the child."
The author concluded, "The importance of self-acceptance of adoptive parents can be stressed in the training of adoption professionals, who might then be more aware of the existence or absence of this trait in potential adoptive families." (See also DISSOLUTION.)
Joan Ferry DiGiulio, "Self-Acceptance: A Factor in the Adoption Process," Child Welfare 67 (September-October 1988): 423-429.
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