The Primal Wound

The Primal Wound is a book which is revolutionizing the way we think about adoption.


Author: Nancy Newton Verrier

Publisher: Nancy Verrier

ISBN: 0963648004


Page: 231

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The Primal Wound is a book which is revolutionizing the way we think about adoption. In its application of information about pre- and perinatal psychology, attachment, bonding, and loss, it clarifies the effects of separation from the birth mother on adopted children. In addition, it gives those children, whose pain has long been unacknowledged or misunderstood, validation for their feelings, as well as explanations for their behavior. Since its original publication in 1993, The Primal Wound has become a classic in adoption literature and is considered the adoptees' bible. The insight which is brought to the experiences of abandonment and loss will contribute not only to the healing of adoptees, adoptive families, and birth parents, but will bring understanding and encouragement to anyone who has ever felt abandoned.

Coming Home to Self

Although written with adopted children and adult adoptees in mind, Coming Home to Self is a book that can help anyone who has experienced an early childhood trauma or feels the need to re-examine their life and who they are.


Author: Nancy Verrier

Publisher: British Association for Adoption and Fostering (Ba

ISBN: 1905664818

Category: Adoptees

Page: 531

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Although written with adopted children and adult adoptees in mind, Coming Home to Self is a book that can help anyone who has experienced an early childhood trauma or feels the need to re-examine their life and who they are. From understanding basic trauma and the neurological consequences of trauma to step by step methods of healing, Verrier's book will help readers discover their true self, take responsibility for that self and discover their personal spiritual path.

Adoption Detective

adoption agencies, social services groups, and child care providers approached the care of children. ... books concerning the psychopathology of adoption, The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child (1993) and Coming Home to Self.


Author: Judith Land

Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.

ISBN: 9781604945706

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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A passionate love affair between high school sweethearts creates an accidental pregnancy during a sultry night on the shore of Lake Michigan. Rebecca's unforgiving parents banish her to an unwed mother's home where she secretly gives birth to a baby girl. Her daughter Judy is placed in the loving care of foster parents before being callously given to Mario and Rosella Romano for adoption on her first birthday. Reoccurring visions and fantasies of her birthmother plague Judy's consciousness for three decades until a life-changing passage into adulthood causes her to question why she was abandoned. What begins as a simple investigation into her medical and ancestral history slowly evolves into a passionate quest to discover her roots. Through good timing, perseverance, and a few small miracles, Judy eventually solves the mystery of her origins. But will the woman she has been seeking welcome Judy back into her life? About the Authors Judith and Martin Land live in Colorado and Arizona. They told the entire story of Judith Land's adoption, from her birth through adulthood, to provide the reader with unique insights into the mind of an adoptee at various stages of her life.

A Graceful Embrace Theological Reflections on Adopting Children

The deep 'primal wound' described by Nancy Verrier in her land-mark book,3 The PrimalWound: Understanding the Adopted Child, which millions of childrenreceivefromtheexperienceof separationfromtheirbirthparents,of- ten has a devastating ...



Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004352902

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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This book significantly deepens the contemporary discussion of the theology and practice of adopting children. Both interdisciplinary and international, the volume offers a unique and uniquely insightful vision of Christian adoption that unites practical and theoretical perspectives.

Adopted Women and Biological Fathers

It is the construction of an 'adoptee subjectivity' which forms a large part of the metanarrative of adoption trauma and the primal wound. What is in question here is how adopted individuals are organised as subjects through the various ...


Author: Elizabeth Hughes

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315536361

Category: Psychology

Page: 175

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Adopted Women and Biological Fathers offers a critical and deconstructive challenge to the dominant notions of adoptive identity. The author explores adoptive women’s experiences of meeting their biological fathers and reflects on personal narratives to give an authoritative overview of both the field of adoption and the specific history of adoption reunion. This book takes as its focus the narratives of 14 adopted women, as well as the partly fictionalised story of the author and examines their experiences of birth father reunion in an attempt to dissect the ways in which we understand adoptive female subjectivity through a psychosocial lens. Opening a space for thinking about the role of the discursively neglected biological father, this book exposes the enigmatic dimensions of this figure and how telling the relational story of 'reconciliation' might be used to complicate wider categories of subjective completeness, belonging, and truth. This book attempts to subvert the culturally normative unifying system of the mother-child bond, and prompts the reader to think about what the biological father might represent and how his role in relation to adoptive female subjects may be understood. This book will be essential reading for those in critical psychology, gender studies, narrative work, sociology and psychosocial studies, as well as appealing to anyone interested in adoption issues and female subjectivity.

Adoption and Surrogate Pregnancy

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. Self-published, 1993. Discusses adoption from a psychoanalytical perspective. The primal wound refers to a child's sense of emotional separation from his or her parents, ...


Author: Faith Merino

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816080878

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 339

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Adoption and surrogate pregnancy are the two most realistic options currently available for millions of couples unable to have biological children. This text covers the ways in which adoption and surrogate pregnancy overlap and influence each other, the nuances that further complicate matters, and the controversies surrounding both issues.

Baby We Were Meant for Each Other

IS NOT POSSIBLE to talk about modern adoption without considering Nancy Verrier. Her 1993 book The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child is an eloquent argument, written both from her personal experience as a psychotherapist and ...


Author: Scott Simon

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679604167

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 192

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In this warm, funny, and wise new book, NPR’s award-winning and beloved Scott Simon tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world. It’s a book of unforgettable moments: when Scott and Caroline get their first thumb-size pictures of their daughters, when the small girls are placed in their arms, and all the laughs and tumbles along the road as they become a real family. Woven into the tale of Scott, Caroline, and the two little girls who changed their lives are the stories of other adoptive families. Some are famous and some are not, but each family’s saga captures facets of the miracle of adoption. Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other is a love story that doesn’t gloss over the rough spots. There are anxieties and tears along with hugs and smiles and the unparalleled joy of this blessed and special way of making a family. Here is a book that families who have adopted—or are considering adoption—will want to read for inspiration. But everyone can enjoy this story because, as Scott Simon writes, adoption can also help us understand what really makes families, and how and why we fall in love.

The Adoptive Parents Handbook

The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child. London: BAAF, 2009. Wallin, David J. Attachment in Psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press, 2007. Warner, Elizabeth, Jane Koomar, Bryan Lary, and Alexandra Cook.


Author: Barbara Cummins Tantrum

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781623175160

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 352

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The essential guide to parenting adopted and foster kids--learn to create felt safety, heal attachment trauma, and navigate challenging behaviors and triggers Children who have been adopted and/or shuttled through the foster-care system experience trauma at a much higher rate than other kids, which can make it difficult for them to trust, relax, regulate their emotions, and connect with their new families. As a parent, learning how to heal attachment trauma, attune to your child's needs, identify triggers, and create felt safety is essential to providing the loving, supportive, and stable home they need to thrive. Written for parents of adopted and foster kids of all ages, this book offers resources for handling common concerns like sleep issues, food sensitivities, anger, fear, and reactivity. It also provides guidance on navigating transracial adoptions, working through parents' own hang-ups, and recognizing signs of developmental and psychological conditions. The book highlights practical strategies and provides real-life examples to address questions like: • How do I help my adopted child adjust? • Is this kind of behavior "normal"? • How do I help my child live, heal, and thrive with PTSD?

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Illegitimacy Adoption and Reproduction Technology

N. Verrier (1993) The Primal Wound. Understanding the Adopted Child. London: CoramBAAF. N. Verrier (2009) The Primal Wound. ... H. Weider (1977) The family romance fantasies of adopted children. Psychoanalytic Quarterly. 46.185–199.


Author: Prophecy Coles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000078190

Category: Psychology

Page: 148

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In this book, Prophecy Coles traces the existential history of the unwanted child with particular attention to the illegitimate child, linking myth, literature and clinical practice in the historical and legal context of adoption. From the time of the Reformation in the sixteenth century until the early twentieth century the lives of such children were short-lived. The Adoption Act of 1926 did much to change the moral climate and the fate of the illegitimate child. It provided the child with a legal family and a name. There follows some unexpected difficulties that emerged after World War Two. Adopted children did not necessarily thrive, and young mothers who had been forced to give up a child born out of wedlock revealed their suffering. The sealed records of the illegitimate child’s origins became an issue. Attachment theory and the development of neuroscience underpin the theoretical approach of this book. Today, the children who are available for adoption are older and may be distressed by several years in care. Fundamental to helping these adopted children and their families there needs to be a multi-disciplined therapeutic approach to try and mitigate the damage that has often been done to the early infant brain through trauma. This book brings to life some of the adoption issues through the study of personal memoirs. Each chapter considers adoption from a different angle: the adopted child, the birth mother, the birth father, foster parents and adopting parents. The final chapter discusses some of the problems around adoption that have arisen again with reproductive technology and surrogate mothering. This book will be of interest to all those who have been involved in or affected by adoption. It will be of special interest to those adopting parents who have not been properly prepared or supported in their magnificent work of taking on some of the most troubled children in our society.

The Politics of Adoption

This has now given way to new forms of adoption which have brought with them possibilities for re-interpreting the process and clarifying its functions. Open Adoption The ... The primal wound: Understanding the adopted child.


Author: Kerry O'Halloran

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401797771

Category: Law

Page: 854

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This book explains, compares and evaluates the social and legal functions of adoption within a range of selected jurisdictions and on an international basis. It updates and extends the second edition published by Springer in 2009. From a standpoint of the development of adoption in England & Wales and the changes currently taking place there, it considers the process as it has evolved in other countries. It identifies themes of commonality and difference in the experience of adoption in a common law context as compared and contrasted with that of other countries. It looks at adoption in France, Sweden and other civil law countries, as well as Japan and elsewhere in Asia, including a focus on Islamic adoption. It examines the experience of indigenous people in New Zealand and Australia, contrasting the highly regulated legal process of modern western society with the traditional practice of indigenous communities such as the Maori. A new chapter studies adoption in China. The book uses the international Conventions and associated ECtHR case law to benchmark developments in national law, policy and practice and to facilitate a cross-cultural comparative analysis.