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Still Screaming: Birth Parents Compulsorily Separated from Their Children Paperback – 1 Mar 1998


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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: After Adoption (1 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953257401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953257409
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The adoption of children against the wishes of their birth families is the most forceful of state interventions into family life. The parents of children who are adopted compulsorily become, in law, strangers to their children and will never again be allowed in their children's lives. For many, the ties to their children are permanently severed. What are the implications for birth parents who find themselves in this situation? What services do they need? And how should these be delivered? The book provides revealing and hard-hitting accounts of what birth parents themselves think. It draws together the work of two projects which aim specifically to serve this disenfranchised group and gives voice to their experiences with social work professionals and at the hands of society at large. They speak poignantly and powerfully about intense feelings, anxieties, and, in many cases, the courage to come to terms with a lifetime loss. This is the first and only study to offer an account of such services and therefore of vital importance to social workers, health visitors and other professionals working with birth parents.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By l mcgowan on 31 Oct. 2002
At last a book which addresses the needs and states clearly the case for families who have been subjected to State intervention and the compulsory adoption of their child/chidren.
For to long there has been a judgemental and moralistic verdict by a society that attaches a stigma and marginalises those judged "unsuitable" to bring up a child.This book makes no such judgements but presents a factual, sympathetic and understanding perspective.
"Still Screaming" has given a voice to a long silenced oppressed and often traumatised group.
As a birthmother [now researching this at Uni] all my issues were addressed in this wonderful book. Everything was covered from Health to other siblings. Often harrowing but always honest this book is a must for all of us who have felt alone with our situation. It is also a valuable book for all students and social practioners who must acknowledge long term effects as well as short term solutions.
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Received in excellent condition. This book makes thought provoking reading and makes me think about birth parents go through when their children are taken from them.
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