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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Well-written articles by adoption professionals offer cogent arguments on many aspects of this controversial issue. This second edition features more recent articles than the 2002 volume on the same general subtopics: whether adoption should be encouraged; conflicting views on transracial, international, and gay parent adoptions; whose rights are most in need of protection--adoptive or birth parents or those of adoptees; as well as what government policies should be implemented. The earlier title included articles on the potential and abuses associated with Internet adoptions while this one presents the pros and cons of embryo adoptions. A general overview of the history of adoption is provided. Each subsection is prefaced with an introductory essay and ends with an updated periodical bibliography. Though this edition has completely new material, it does not differ significantly enough to be a first purchase in collections that own the previous one. However, it is recommended for collections where the demand for material on the topic is high.-Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737733020
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/15/2006
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 226
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 Should Adoption Be Encouraged?
Chapter Preface 19
1 Adoption Is Beneficial 21
2 Adoption Can Be Harmful 26
3 Adoption Should Be Promoted over Abortion 34
4 Adoption Should Not Be Promoted over Abortion 38
5 Single Mothers Should Give Up Their Children for Adoption 43
6 Single Mothers Should Not Necessarily Give Up Their Children for Adoption 48
Periodical Bibliography 55
Chapter 2 Whose Rights Should Be Protected in the Adoption Process?
Chapter Preface 57
1 The Rights of Birth Mothers Should Be Protected 59
2 The Rights of Birth Fathers Should Be Protected 70
3 The Rights of Adoptive Parents Should Be Protected 78
4 The Rights of Adopted Children Should Be Protected 82
Periodical Bibliography 89
Chapter 3 What Types of Adoption Should Be Encouraged?
Chapter Preface 91
1 Transracial Adoption Should Be Encouraged 93
2 Same-Race Adoption Should Be Encouraged 102
3 International Adoption Should Be Supported 113
4 International Adoption Is Harmful 122
5 Homosexuals Should Have the Right to Adopt 131
6 Homosexuals Should Not Have the Right to Adopt 139
7 Embryo Adoption Should Be Encouraged 147
8 Supporting Embryo Adoption Is Hypocritical 153
Periodical Bibliography 162
Chapter 4 Which Adoption Policies Should Be Supported?
Chapter Preface 164
1 Open Adoption Policies Should Be Supported 166
2 Open Adoptions Are Not for Everyone 172
3 Adoption Records Should Be Unsealed 180
4 Unsealing Adoption Records Could Have Negative Consequences 186
5 Foster Care and Adoption Are Preferable to Family Preservation 192
6 Family Preservation Is Preferable to Foster Care and Adoption 201
Periodical Bibliography 207
For Further Discussion 208
Organizations to Contact 211
Bibliography of Books 215
Index 219
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