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(p. 21) On Adoption 

(p. 21) On Adoption
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(p. 21) On Adoption
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Donald W. Winnicott

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190271374.003.0002
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date: 22 January 2018

An essay in which Winnicott expresses his belief that every adopted child needs to be told he or she is adopted as soon as possible. Because of the circumstances of their birth, when older, they will need definite information about sex and their own origins which the biological child can acquire in a more haphazard way. Because they are dealing with the child’s whole being adoptive parents must be more aware of what child development is about, and much more than parents who are caring for their own children. The psychological needs of adopted children must be considered even when they are healthy.

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