the dss adoption process

PRESENT STUDY Ecological theories stress the need to understand development in terms of the everyday environment in which children are reared, a need fervently advocated by Bronfenbrenner, who argues that “much of contemporary developmental psychology is the science of the strange behavior of children in strange situations with strange adults for the briefest possible periods of time” (Bronfenbrenner, 1977, p513). I believe that I will find the DSS adoption process to be very intricate and complex. In October 1997 Diana Smith and her husband Mark decided that they wanted to add to their family. They explored different options and decided upon adoption. They also decided upon certain criteria. They did not want a newborn baby, but in fact, wanted a toddler. They also decided that since they naturally had three girls, they wanted to adopt a boy. They then decided upon the method by which they would adopt, and that was to be through the Department of Social Services adoption process in their state. Before going any further, Diana and Mark decided to involve their three children (all in either teens or early 20’s and still living at home) in the decision. The girls welcomed the idea and Diana and Mark went to the Massachusetts DSS office, located in nearby Fall River. There they found out more information on the process as a whole and the possible results. After hearing about the way in which children would be taken into custody by the state the Smith’s refined their needs. They now not only wanted a boy between the ages of 2 and 4, but they also wanted a healthy boy who was born to a mother without a substance abuse problem. The Smith’s also wanted a child who had not been sexually abused. Mark and Diana then decided to become foster parents and only accept those children who met the criteria they had set forth. The couple started by signing Diana up for a ten week course called the Massachusetts Approach to P…

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