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7 Core Issues

In 1982, Deborah N, Silverstein and Sharon Roszia developed the concept of the 7 Core Issues in Adoption.  As stated in their March/April 1999 article in Adoptive Families, by raising these issues they sought to challenge traditional assumptions about adoption, specifically "the persistent notion that being adopted is not different from growing up in the family of origin."  The issues apply to all members of the adoption circle - adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents.  It is important to note that each indiividual will experience these differently, and examples listed reflect strong representations of each Core Issue.  Click below to see how Silverstein and Roszia outlined the 7 Core Issues for each :

       Adoptee                                Birth Parent                         Adoptive Parent




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