Additional Insights on Roszia and Maxon’s
Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency

Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon have co-authored the book Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction.  

This is immensely important information for those who have experienced separation from families of origin.  This from

Based on a hugely successful US model, the Seven Core Issues in Adoption is the first conceptual framework of its kind to offer a unifying lens that was inclusive of all individuals touched by the adoption experience.

The Seven Core Issues are Loss, Rejection, Shame/Guilt, Grief, Identity, Intimacy, and Mastery/Control. The book expands the model to be inclusive of adoption and all forms of permanency: adoption, foster care, kinship care, donor insemination and surrogacy. Attachment and trauma are integrated with the Seven Core Issues model to address and normalize the additional tasks individuals and families will encounter.

The book views the Seven Core Issues from a range of perspectives including: multi-racial, LGBTQ, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, African-American, International, openness, search and reunion, and others. This essential guide introduces each Core Issue, its impact on individuals, offering techniques for growth and healing.

I have taken the liberty to expand upon this seminal work.  Here are a list of articles that further identify the Seven Issues identified by Roszia and Maxon:


  1. Relinquishment: Another Name for Betrayal
  2. Your Beginnings, Our Trauma
  3. What Came First—The Addiction or the Trauma?
  4. Happy Birthday-Relinquishment to Me
  5. Trust Issues (Trauma)
  6. Happy Mother’s Day, Moms
  7. Adoption: Start with the Words


  1. Do You Really Mean Triggered? (Or were you just offended?)
  2. The Theater of Adoption

Shame and Guilt:

  1. The Antidote to Shame
  2. The Harm of Positivity
  3. False Gratitude
  4. The Shame Game


  1. Grieving Loss and the Endowment of Pain
  2. Feeling Sorry for Yourself vs. Feeling Sorry for Yourself
  3. On Grieving Many Times, and Many Times Over


  1. The Butterfly Effect
  2. Adoption Truth: What Every Adoptee Wants You to Know
  3. What Does it Mean to Belong
  4. New Beginnings, New Traps?
  5. My New Year’s Wish for You: The Bliss of Belonging
  6. Double Identity, Double Heartache
  7. You are Powerful
  8. The Miracle Cure: The Intersection of Relinquishment and Addiction
  9. Finding Reality, Finding Self
  10. We’re in This Together
  11. I am Unique
  12. Is Secular Spirituality Even Possible?
  13. Your Kaleidoscope
  14. Hole in My Soul


    1. Trust Exercises
    2. Yearning for Connection
    3. A Love Hangover
    4. The Pressure to Holiday
    5. Understanding Addiction in Adoptive Families
    6. The Power of Love and Connection
    7. How to Talk to Your Relinquishee
    8. Relationships are Hard—Yet Totally Worth It!
    9. Finding Your People
    10. Quit Fitting In
    11. Trust Your Reality

Mastery and Control:

  1. Announcing:  A New Partnership, A New Hope
  2. It’s All Material-Why Telling Stories Matters
  3. Did You Know There Are Two Celebrated Authors from East Troy, Wisconsin?
  4. Brace Ourselves
  5. The Future is Now-Get Support
  6. Double-Whammy, Double Resilience?
  7. On Stoicism
  8. Blue Mind
  9. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  10. Words Matter
  11. What Makes Me Qualified to Write About Spirituality?
  12. Tis the Season for Serenity
  13. On Adoption and Addiction talk
  14. On Adoption and Addiction – Research Citations
  15. Telling Your Story Part 1
  16. Telling Your Story Part 2
  17. Finding Trust Again
  18. Slow Down
  19. About Fear and Hope
  20. Blue Mind and Relinquishees
  21. Just Breathe



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