“The Seven Core Issues of Adoption is the first conceptual framework of its kind to offer a unifying lens that is inclusive of all individuals touched by the adoption experience.” ~Sharon Kaplan Roszia & Allison Davis Maxon.

There are 7 core issues in adoption that are recognized to be experienced by any of the members of the adoption constellation at any point in their lives. Based on the work of Deborah N. Silverstein and Sharon Kaplan, the 7 core issues in adoption are identified as: Loss, Rejection, Guilt/Shame, Grief, Identity, Intimacy and Mastery & Control.

7 Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency

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