How To Handle A Change In Faith From A Member In The Adoption Triad

Two years ago, a Pew research study was released stating that church attendance by millennials had dropped by eight points, pushing many religious officials to focus on retaining and regaining the trust of an entire generation. (In my personal life, I have seen about the same percentage of my friends and family eschew traditional religious affiliation over the past few years.) Many adoptions are facilitated by religious agencies, some requiring proof of creed, others looking for particularly “devout” adoptive applicants. Birth parents often want adoptive parents who will be able to provide a specific religious foundation for their child and state-specific religious preferences. But what happens after the adoption if one party (birth, adoptive, or adoptee) loses or has a change of faith?

I learned a lot about what to say (and what not to say) to those close to me who have changed their beliefs from Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, Ph.D., LCSW and author of The Assertiveness Guide For Women and realized that her advice could really help all members of the adoption triad who find themselves with changed faith circumstances.

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