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Department of Journalism新聞系  |  Bachelor學士  |  2018
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Should They Know?

Phillips and Connie adopted Abby and Caleb into their family. Slowly they teach the children the concept of adoption, celebrated anniversaries of their arrival in the family every year, and never averted from their questions about their family history. Abby hoped to find her biological parents and was disappointed by the failure. Understandingly, Phillips and Connie consoled Abby, and Abby gradually learned to accept the reality. | Prof. Vicky Tam, a scholar specialized in child and adolescent psychology, believes that knowing one's ancestry is extremely important in terms of one's personal growth and identity, and it is easier for teenagers to comprehend the abstract concept of identity. She believes that knowing one's birth history is important as it will help with the process of growing up and acknowledging ones self-identity. This is especially important during the teenage years when they try to understand the abstract concept of self. Prof. Tam points out that what is most important is for the adoptive parents to be mentally prepared for the ways to inform the adopted child. | Lui Suet-fan is a 52-year-old woman who grew up in a babysitter's home. After her foster mother passed away, she spent two years looking for her biological mother with the help and encouragement from her own daughter. However, when she finally succeeded, the attitude of her biological mother was not what she expected... | In Hong Kong, the adoptive family can choose whether to let the child know they were adopted. In an "open adoption", the adopted children knew they were adopted. The biological parents can get in touch with the children and adoptive parents. Frequency of communication between the children and the biological parents can be decided by all parties. "Closed adoption" is the other way around. | Chin Sin Kwan, the director of Po Leung Kuk Adoption Service Group, believes that adopted children have the right to know their birth family and open adoption is a better way. It would also be more effective to use public education to promote open adoption...
Phillips和Connie兩夫婦先後領養了Abby與Caleb,向他們慢慢灌輸領養的概念,每年都會一起慶祝他們來到這個家庭的日子,也不會迴避他們對身世的疑問。Abby渴望尋回親生父母,可惜事與願違,她感到失望。Phillips和Connie通情達理,開解Abby。這個事實,Abby漸漸接受。學者譚肖芸研究兒童與青少年的心理。她認為,了解自己身世對成長、身份自我認同都很重要,青少年時期會更容易理解抽象的自我概念。有人認為,討論領養議題會影響領養家庭與被領養者的關係。譚教授指出,最重要的是領養父母要有心理準備,他們如何告知被領養者。五十二歲的呂雪芬自小在保姆家中長大,早已知道「親人」與自己並沒有血緣關係。養母過世後,雪芬在女兒家瑜鼓勵下,用了兩年時間找到生母,但生母的態度……。領養家庭可以選擇告不告知被領養者的身份。開放式領養,即被領養者已經完全知道自己的身份,親生父母可以接觸被領養走的孩子和領養父母,接觸程度可以由三方參與和決定;封閉式領養則相反。被領養者希望尋親,封閉式就會有所局限。保良局領養服務組主任錢倩君贊成被領養者有知情權,認為以教育方式做軟性推動比較好……
APA: LAU, Ho Yung劉皓容. (2018). 領養知情領養知情. Retrieved from HKBU Heritage: https://heritage.lib.hkbu.edu.hk/routes/view/ids/HER-011275
MLA: LAU, Ho Yung劉皓容. "領養知情領養知情". HKBU Heritage. HKBU Library, 2018. Web. 05 Dec. 2021. <https://heritage.lib.hkbu.edu.hk/routes/view/ids/HER-011275>.

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