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Without the assistance of many talented and knowledgeable professionals, this interdisciplinary compendium of sociological, psychological, psychiatric, legal and medical information would not have been possible. We owe a great debt of gratitude to many people.

First, we would like to thank the many dedicated researchers who have so carefully studied the numerous complex aspects of adoption and the topics related or important to the field of adoption. Some of them have spent years of their lives dedicated to uncovering information that has helped and will continue to help adopted individuals, adoptive parents, birthparents and the wide variety of adoption professionals who seek to assist the entire triad. We are convinced that their professional studies, doctoral dissertations, books and magazine features deserve to he read in their entirety by many people. We hope that readers of this volume will be encouraged to explore more freely many of the materials we have only begun to tap. We hope our hook will encourage many readers in their further studies and analyses of the fascinating topic of adoption.

Although many people helped us with this book, we would like to acknowledge three adoption professionals in particular. They agreed to read the entire manuscript and offered us many constructive criticisms and suggestions: Marietta Spencer, M.S.W., adoption triad consultant and founder of Post Legal Services for the Children's Home Society of Minnesota in St. Paul and an adoption author; the late Richard Zeilinger, M.S.W., an adoption professional with extensive experience at the Children's Bureau of New Orleans, a Louisiana voluntary agency; and Jerome Smith, Ph.D., author of You're Our Child: The Adoption Experience and a therapist, adoption expert and faculty member of the School of Social Work at the University of Indiana at Indianapolis.

There are also many people we would like to thank individually for reviewing one or more of our essays in the first or second editions and pointing out matters that needed to be clarified or expanded or that had been inadvertently omitted. Our thanks to the following people: Howard Altstein, Ph.D., associate dean, School of Social Work, University of Maryland at Baltimore; Christine A. Bachrach, Ph.D., statistician, National Institutes of Health; Michael P. Bentzen, Esq.; Kristi Boattenhamer, Concerned United Birthparents staff; Susan Brite, director of publications for the Child Welfare League of America; Aaron Britvan, Esq.; the Congressional Coalition on Adoption staff; David M. Brodzinsky, Ph.D., adoption author and psychologist; Susan K. Coti, office of news and media production, National Association of Social Workers; Susan Cox, director of development, Holt International Children's Services; Douglas R. Donnelly, Esq.; Richard Ducote, Esq.; Nancy Erickson, Esq.; Gordon Evans, information and services office, National Association of Foster Parents; Florence Anna Fisher, founder and director of Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association (ALMA); Mark Hardin, director, foster care project, American Bar Association; Joan H. Hollinger, Esq., professor of law, Jerri Ann Jenista, M.D., editor of Adoption Medical News, University of Detroit School of Law; U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey and his staff; Claudia Jewett, author, therapist and international consultant on separation and loss issues; Patricia Johnston, author, adoption and infertility publisher; David H. Kim, A.C.S.W., president, Holt International Children's Services; Steven M. Kirsch, Esq.; Betty Laning, board member, International Concerns Committee for Children; Lawrence B. Lennon, Ph.D., Lennon & Associates; Neil Lombardi, M.D., director of medical services, St. Mary's Hospital for Children, Bayside, New York; Hope Marindin, director, National Council for Single Adoptive Parents; Penelope Maza, Ph.D., senior assistant to the assistant commissioner for the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Marilyn Panichi, A.C.S.W., director, Adoption Information Center of Illinois; William D. Mosher, Ph.D., statistician, Family Growth Survey Branch, National Center for Health Statistics; Paul Placek, Ph.D., Chief Followback Survey Branch, National Center for Health Statistics; Ruby Lee Piester, executive director emeritus, Edna Gladney Center; Robyn Quinter, communications director, American Adoption Congress; David Shover, executive director, Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children; Peggy Soule, director of Children

Awaiting Placement (CAP); and Beverly Stubbee, M.S.W., director, program operations division of the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We would both like to thank the staff of the National Council For Adoption for their rapid responses to urgent questions and requests. Thanks to Mary Beth Style, former vice president.

We would also like to especially thank our former editor, Neal Maillet, who is himself an adopted adult, for his great interest in this project and his thoroughness in offering critically important suggestions for improvement.

Although we deeply appreciate the assistance of these individuals, as well as the assistance of many others, we alone are responsible for any errors of fact or interpretation or for any inadvertent omissions.

Christine Adamec would like to thank, above all people, her husband and best friend, John M. Adamec Jr. His unflagging conviction of the importance of this topic and his total support have been immeasurable.

She would also like to thank reference librarians Pam Hobson and Marie Mercer, both of the DeGroodt Public Library in Palm Bay, Florida, for their extensive assistance in locating books and journal articles needed to update this edition.

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