Nursing Care of Adoption and Kinship Families

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Nursing Care of Adoption and Kinship Families

SKU# 9780826133588

A Clinical Guide for Advanced Practice Nurses

Author: Karen J. Foli PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN

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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, psychiatric-mental health, and other advanced practice nurses increasingly serve as frontline primary care providers for the growing number of adoption and kinship families. The creation and preservation of these nontraditional families often involve social, cultural, and legal issues that the advanced practice nurse must recognize to provide optimal care. This groundbreaking clinical guide breaks down the adoption and kinship triads into their distinct parts--the birth parents, adoptive or kinship parents, and the child--and analyzes 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 health care--related needs of adoption and kinship families using detailed case studies to illustrate a variety of conditions and circumstances, along with guidance on 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 tables and exhibits provide related resources for additional information on the health care considerations of adoption and kinship families.

Key Features

  • Addresses nursing's specific role in the holistic assessment and care of the different members of adoption and kinship families
  • Authored by a renowned nurse leader in adoption and kinship care
  • Provides chapter objectives, highlights, and questions for reflection
  • Promotes current, evidence-based best practices
  • Includes a glossary of adoption-friendly language
  • Discusses nursing practice within the context of a larger health care team

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 19, 2016
  • Page Count 346
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826133588
  • EISBN 9780826133595

About The Author(s) 

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.

Table of Contents 


Foreword Cheryl Tatano Beck, DNSc, CNM, FAAN



Section I: Overview of Adoption and Kinship Families


1 Adoption and Kinship Parenting: A Historical, Cultural, and Legal Perspective

Section II: The Adoption and Kinship Triads

2 Health Care Needs of Adoptive and Kinship Children

3 Birth Parents

4 Adoptive Parents

5 The Child/Adult Who Is Adopted

6 Kinship Parents

7 Birth Parents of Kinship Children

8 Kinship Children

9 Special Cases: Foster Care, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Commercial Surrogacy, and Human Trafficking

Section III: Position Statement Regarding Adoption and Kinship Nursing

10 Conclusions and Future Directions


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