four part summer webinar series begins with a presentation by Kathleen
Whitten, "Why Adoption Is Working: New Research vs. Old Myths."
In this webinar, you’ll hear about the current, scientific research
from psychology and social work on the adjustment of adopted children.
Many accepted ideas about adopted children and adopted people, based on
flawed research, have influenced practice in psychology and social work,
with sometimes negative effects on adoptive families. Discussion
topics will include:
Myths and anti-adoption bias, and why such bias has been so persistent.
Conclusions from evidence-based research on adopted children.
Dr. Whitten's two new studies of adopted adolescents' adjustment.
adoption professionals and parents can work together to apply
scientific findings to promote healthy development for adopted
Kathleen Whitten is a developmental psychologist and adoptive mother
who researches the healthy development of adopted children. She has been
a lecturer in psychology at Georgia State University and at the
University of Virginia, where she was also a research faculty member at
the Child-Parent Attachment Clinic, Department of Psychiatric Medicine.
At the Attachment Clinic, she conducted research with foster and
adoptive families, and served as an external evaluator of the Quality
Improvement Center for Adoption. She was named a Distinguished Fellow in
Developmental Psychology by the National Council for Adoption in