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Understanding Parental Postadoption Depression BY KAREN J. FOLI

Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor at the School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus. Dr. Foli’s work is bound together by the theme of care rendered through the lens of psychological trauma. Building on her decade of research in parental postadoption depression, Dr. Foli’s theory asserts that unmet or unrealistic expectations held by adoptive parents contribute to depressive symptoms. Dr. Foli’s work has been supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and private foundations. Dr. Foli is an adoptive parent and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

She is an award-winning author of five well-received, health- related books. Published in 2016, Nursing Care of Adoption and Kinship Families: A Clinical Guide for Advanced Practice Nurses, received the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) Award for Media in 2018. She is also the co-author of The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption (2004). Her most recent book, The Influence of Psychological Trauma in Nursing, also co-authored with John R. Thompson, MD (Sigma, 2019), is intended to build resiliency and posttraumatic growth in student and new nurses who face considerable firsthand and secondary trauma.

Postadoption depression. It’s more common than you may think, but it can be an uncomfortable thing for adoptive parents to talk about. Left unaddressed, postadoption depression, sometimes referred to as PAD, can lead to long-term struggles for both parent and child. In this issue of the Adoption Advocate, you’ll hear from the foremost expert on PAD whose thoughtful and caring perspective offers hope and practical steps for dealing with this often overlooked issue in adoption. Download the full article below.

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