On hope, loss, anger, and the spaces in between : Reflections on living with/in adoption and the role of the social worker. / Gupta, Anna; Featherstone, Brid.

In: Child & Family Social Work, Vol. 25, No. 1, 02.2020, p. 165-172.

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On hope, loss, anger, and the spaces in between : Reflections on living with/in adoption and the role of the social worker. / Gupta, Anna; Featherstone, Brid.

In: Child & Family Social Work, Vol. 25, No. 1, 02.2020, p. 165-172.

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Gupta, Anna ; Featherstone, Brid. / On hope, loss, anger, and the spaces in between : Reflections on living with/in adoption and the role of the social worker. In: Child & Family Social Work. 2020 ; Vol. 25, No. 1. pp. 165-172.

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