Provides foundational knowledge on how to provide current, evidence-based, clinical best practices for the specific needs of adoption and kinship families. The material in this book is well researched, sensitively delivered, and essential for any clinician for adoption and kinship families.To be a family, and what that means in society, is undergoing dramatic changes that reflect fluidity in the definition of spouse, children, and kin. Pediatric, Family, Adult-Gerontology, and other Advance Practice Nurses increasingly serve as frontline, primary care providers for the growing number of adoption and kinship families. The creation and preservation of these non-traditional families are often replete with social, cultural, and legal issues that the advanced practice nurse must recognize to provide optimal care. This ground-breaking clinical guide breaks down the adoption and kinship triads into their distinct parts, the birth parents, adoptive or kinship parents, and the child, and analyses the relationships among them and how the nurse can assist their development.Beginning with an overview of adoption and kinship parenting, this book also discusses the specific psychosocial and healthcare-related needs of adoption and kinship families using detailed case studies to illustrate a variety of conditions and circumstances, and how nurses should intervene. A clinically-focused section within the case study chapters covers assessment, interventions, referrals and follow up considerations. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter relay major discussion points, and sidebars embedded in each chapter provide related resources for more and evolving information on the healthcare considerations of adoption/kinship families.Key FeaturesAddresses nursing's specific role in the holistic assessment and care of the different members of adoption and kinship familiesAuthored by a renowned nurse leader in adoption and kinship careProvides chapter objectives, highlights, and questions for the readers' reflectionPromotes current, evidence-based best practicesA glossary of adoption-friendly languageDiscusses nursing practice within the context of a larger healthcare team.
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Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor and the director of the PhD in nursing program at Purdue University, School of Nursing, West Lafayette, Indiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University, her master's degree from Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, and her PhD in communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has received numerous teaching awards, including the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from Purdue University.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Foli's research program has focused on the transitions and needs of nontraditional social units: adoptive and kinship families. Through her research in the area of parental postadoption depression, Dr. Foli has described and tested a mid-range theory of postadoption depression and articulated the profiles of parents who struggle with depressive symptoms before and after placement; she has published her findings in nursing and interdisciplinary journals. Dr. Foli is a member of the Adoption Quarterly editorial board and has authored or coauthored three additional health-related books, including one specifically about adoption, The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption. Coauthored with John R. Thompson, MD, the book focuses on helping adoptive parents recognize and overcome challenges related to the placement of a child.
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