On hope, loss, anger and the spaces in between

Reflections on living with/in adoption and the role of the social worker

Anna Gupta, Brid Featherstone

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This article explores the findings of a study on the role of the social worker in adoption with a focus on ethics, concentrating on the perspectives of adopted people, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Their reflections challenge policy attempts that are framed around “new beginnings” for children. The focus on hope in such policy projects fails to understand that hope inevitably coexists with anger and loss. The concept of ethical trespass, with its recognition of the inevitability of harm, is explored in terms of its possibilities for recognizing the lived realities for multiple stakeholders. The mitigation of ethical trespass requires social work practices that are characterized by humility, honesty, and reflexivity.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Early online date30 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jul 2019

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