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Although Americans want to think positively about adoption, there are often hidden issues within this topic that leave many us with mixed emotions. Can a birth mother give up her child out of love? Can adoptive parents love these children in the same way they love biological offspring? What happens in the family dynamics when an adopted child searches for and finds his/her birth parents? This slim volume presents several viewpoints on a variety of these issues, including international, nontraditional, and open adoptions. Articles are reprinted primarily from news sources such as The Oregonian, The Chicago Tribune, and even Cosmopolitan. For most of the topics the editor has carefully provided two or three viewpoints, giving young readers an opportunity to think interactively about the topic and make an informed decision. The voices of the birth parent, the adopted child, and the adoptive parents are all heard here, giving the reader a rounded view of the emotional process that each member of the adoptive triad goes through. Teens who have been adopted may be interested in reading each article, anxious to find out more about themselves from people who have lived similar experiences. For others, the interest in the book may be for research in one particular aspect of adoption. Whether reading the entire book or simply reading one of the many articles, this will prove to be a valuable resource for students in secondary schools. Part of Greenhaven Press' "Contemporary Issues" series, this is a timely topic, presented in a thorough fashion. 2006, Thomson Gale, Ages 14 to 18.
—Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737724417
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Companion Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 155
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
Chapter 1 The Adoption Process
1 Americans Have a Favorable Opinion of Adoption 15
2 Americans Still Have Lingering Fears About Adoption 21
3 Common Decisions That Parents Will Make in the Adoption Process 28
Chapter 2 International Adoption
1 International Adoption Is Risky 38
2 The Hague Treaty Can Remove Some of the Risks of International Adoption 44
3 Transcultural Adoption Poses Unique Challenges to Families and Children 52
4 Exporting Black Babies Through Foreign Adoptions 56
Chapter 3 Nontraditional Adoption
1 Gay Adoption Can Negatively Impact Children 63
2 Gay Adoption Serves the Best Interests of Children 68
3 Transracial Adoption 73
4 Adopting a Teenager 79
Chapter 4 Openness and Disclosure
1 The Benefits of Open Adoption 87
2 The Problems of Open Adoption 92
3 Choosing an Open Adoption Arrangement 97
4 Adult Adoptees Should Have Full Access to Their Adoption Records 105
5 Adoptive Parents Should Help Their Children Reunite with Birth Parents 113
Chapter 5 Personal Stories of Adoption
1 A Daughter and Birth Mother Reunite and End the Uncertainty in Their Lives 120
2 Adopting the Children of a Deceased Relative 131
3 Contrasting Experiences of Reunions with Birth Mothers 134
4 Single-Parent Adoptive Families Work 139
Organizations to Contact 145
Bibliography 150
Index 153
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