Inside Adoption: a parent's story
By Philip Teasdale
Inside Adoption is written by someone who has both worked within the adoption `industry' and is an adoptive parent himself. Philip Teasdale and his wife Anne, adopted Jemma when she was a very young baby. He descibes here the difficult, traumatising years that followed as they struggled to create a loving home around here and the failure of the statutory services to provide support for the family and provide psychological help to enable Jemma to manage her personal demons and impulses.
Teasdale brings to this first-person account an insightful understanding of the effects of early childhood trauma and a powerful critique of the adoption process. There is, he argues, still too little funding going into supporting adoptive families, parents are still left to sink or swim as best they can and the voices of adoptive parents are still absent from the debates about the future of the adoption services.