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Black Fatherhood, Adoption, and Theology

A Contextual Analysis and Response


Michael Lee Cook

Black Fatherhood, Adoption, and Theology: A Contextual Analysis and Response is a qualitative exploration into the complex intersection of Black fatherhood, adoption, and theology. It is primarily based on the narratives of three Black adoptive fathers who formally adopted non-kinship children. The book takes a closer look at these experiences through the three dominant phases of an adoption experience and gives specific attention to the sociological, psychological, and theological dynamics at play. Ultimately, the book provides a constructive pastoral theology of adoption that sets forth guidelines of care for this population of adoptive fathers as well as others with an experience of adoption.
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Cook, Michael Lee. Black fatherhood, adoption, and theology: a contextual analysis and response / Michael Lee Cook. pages cm. — (American University studies VII: theology and religion; Vol. 346) 1. African American fathers—Conduct of life. 2. Adopted children—United States. 3. Adoption—United States. 4. Father and child—United States. I. Title. HQ756.C6665 306.874’208996073—dc23 2014019178 ISBN 978-1-4331-2751-9 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1398-7 (e-book) ISSN 0740-0446

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