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Author(s): Catherine J. Howe (Southern Adoption Agency, USA) and Laura F. Weber (Missouri State University, USA)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 14
Source title: The Role of Child Life Specialists in Community Settings
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Genevieve Lowry (Bank Street College of Education, USA), Lindsey Murphy (Missouri State University, USA) and Cara Smith (Missouri State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-5097-0.ch015


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A Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) has the knowledge, skills, and clinical training that is essential to work in the field of infant adoption. Child Life Specialists working as infant adoption specialists promote emotional support, education, and coping for the biological parent(s) and families who want to adopt a child. Using the competencies to ground the work, Child Life Specialists focus on the therapeutic relationship, attachment, and bonding while also understanding grief and loss experienced by the biological parent(s). This chapter also examines how socioeconomics, varying cultures, ethnicities, and trauma histories can affect the adoption process.

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