The adoption-related issues in the movie, nonetheless, fade from view--issues including the representation of the adoption triad
, adoption parenting, search as well as reunion, or closed as well as open adoption arrangements (terms that refer to the degree of contact between the adopted child's birth family and the adoptive family).
Social work has a historical link to the practice of adoption, and it is still the primary profession delivering adoption services, particularly in direct contact with the members of the adoption triad
For example, Stevens (1995) noted that agencies, members of the adoption triad
, and researchers are beginning to understand that adjustment difficulties related to adoption can affect children, even when those children were adopted as infants.
"The adoption triad
means the birth parents, the children and the adoptive or foster parents, so extended family, I guess, on all sides.
Open adoptions have "been shown to be in the best interests of children when utilized appropriately and in a manner that is sensitive to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of all members of the adoption triad
," according to the Child Welfare League statement.
The adoption triad
has three elements: the adoptive parent or parents, the birthparents, and the adoptee.