A Group Approach to the Adoptive Study

By Irving H. Kaplan

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1970

Unlike the traditional methodology of adoption assessment via the married couple/social worker relationship, this study advocates the group meeting approach, where a group of four couples meet together with the social worker. In a pilot project, this method succeeded in reaching the two major goals of adoption assessment: to assist and prepare couples in their transition to parenthood, and to identify problems that would disqualify prospective parents. The group meeting approach helped the couples learn from each other, while decreasing their anxieties. One possible disadvantage was that the group process interfered with in-depth knowledge of each couple; however, the couples bonded with other parents, rather than with the social worker, which is a positive outcome. The social workerâ??s role changed from gate-keeper to discussion leader, connection-maker, and question-raiser.

Topic: Parenthood, Social Services, Social Work, Adoption

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 47/No.2

Page Number(s): 127-125

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kaplan, Irving H. A Group Approach to the Adoptive Study. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1970: 127-125. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4638


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