Virtually all literature about birth parents of adopted children
has focused on mothers. We know that mothers are important but so are
fathers and when it comes to feelings and emotions about their absent
children, why do fathers not get a look in?
In Birth Fathers and their Adoption Experiences, Gary Clapton a post
adoption counsellor with Birthlink in Edinburgh, recounts the experiences
of thirty birth fathers separated from their children at birth.
This pioneering study gives a fresh perspective discussing different
notions of fatherhood, such as biological paternity, social fatherhood,
sperm donorship, and the 'father figure'.
In a society where men's feelings about the welfare of their children
are often ignored, Birth Fathers and their Adoption
us a valuable insight into the harm we do to families when we neglect
to include fathers in the adoption experience.