Adoption: A Reference Handbook / Edition 2

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The ancient practice of adoption has changed significantly through history. In colonial America, parents adopted out their unwanted children—those who were "rude, stubborn, and unruly"—to other families. Today, Americans go abroad looking for children to adopt, and have adopted more than a quarter million internationally.

Adoption: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition not only traces the development of expert thinking about adoption, it also looks at both sides of the latest controversial issues. Should adoptions be open or closed? Should the government regulate adoptions more closely—or less? This updated second edition offers an international perspective with a new chapter on how countries outside the United States provide adoption services. This work is an indispensable resource for those thinking about adoption or researching its history.

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"This work contains a good overview and starting point on adoption." - ARBA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598840292
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Overview 1
Who Adopts Children? 2
The Core of Adoption: The Home Study Process 3
The Adoption Triad 3
Types of Children Available 5
Types of Adoption and Care 13
Possible Emotional and Health Problems 16
Controversy 21
Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy 29
Laws and Policies 31
2 Chronology 47
3 Biographical Sketches 57
John Bowlby 57
Charles Loring Brace 58
Pearl Buck 59
Reverend George Clements 59
Dorothy DeBolt and Robert DeBolt 60
Michael Dorris 60
Marian Wright Edelman 61
Vera Fahlberg 61
Florence Anna Fisher 61
Clara McBride Hale 62
Joan Heifetz Hollinger 62
Harry Holt and Bertha Holt 63
Patricia Irwin Johnston 63
C. Henry Kempe 64
H. David Kirk 64
Lois Ruskai Melina 65
Jean Paton 65
Barbara Tremitiere 66
4 Facts and Data 67
5 Litigation, Legislation, Testimony, and Statements 93
6 Directory of Organizations 135
7 Selected Print Resources 165
8 Selected Nonprint Resources 227
Glossary 283
Index 289
About the Author 305
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