Adoption

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Contentious issues such as the death penalty, civil liberties, and reproductive rights touch on people's deeply held beliefs. Greenhaven Press's Issues on Trial series captures the passion and depth of those debates, examining how the courts have helped to shape each issue through their rulings. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and includes primary sources like the text of court rulings and dissenting opinions, as well as secondary sources such as analyses and views of the rulings. Offering both historical...

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Overview

Contentious issues such as the death penalty, civil liberties, and reproductive rights touch on people's deeply held beliefs. Greenhaven Press's Issues on Trial series captures the passion and depth of those debates, examining how the courts have helped to shape each issue through their rulings. Each volume focuses on a specific issue and includes primary sources like the text of court rulings and dissenting opinions, as well as secondary sources such as analyses and views of the rulings. Offering both historical and contemporary material, each Issues on Trial volume offers a wealth of information on issues currently confronting society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737743425
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/2009
  • Series: Issues on Trial Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Protecting the Parental Rights of Unmarried Fathers

Case Overview: Stanley v. Illinois (1972) 19

1 Majority Opinion: Fathers Cannot Be Automatically Unfit Parents Byron White 21

2 Dissenting Opinion: Laws That Consider Unwed Fathers Unfit Do Not Violate the Equal Protection Clause Warren Burger 29

3 Fathers Should Have Parental Rights over Their Illegitimate Children: Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law 36

4 An Absolute Right to Child Custody Should Not Be Guaranteed: The Child Care Association of Illinois 41

5 Due Process Protects Nontraditional Families Adam K. Ake 46

Chapter 2 Defining the Rights of Fathers of Illegitimate Children in Adoption Cases

Case Overview: Caban v. Mohammed (1979) 54

1 Majority Opinion: Unwed Fathers Have Parental Rights Lewis F. Powell Jr. 57

2 Dissenting Opinion: Unwed Fathers Do Not Have Parental Rights John Paul Stevens 65

3 The Supreme Court Has Made the Definition of Fatherhood Unclear Alison S. Pally 73

4 The Supreme Court Has Attempted to Clarify the Roles of Unwed Fathers Mary Kay Kisthardt Barbara Handschu 81

Chapter 3 Putative Fathers Must Register to Protect Their Right to Contest Adoptions

Case Overview: Lehr v. Robertson (1983) 88

1 Majority Opinion: Putative Father Registries Provide Due Process John Paul Stevens 90

2 Dissenting Opinion: Putative Father Registries Do Not Provide Due Process Byron White 97

3 A National Putative Father Registry Would Protect Parental Rights Mary Beck 103

4 More Care Is Needed to Protect the Parental Rights of All Parties in Adoptions Peter Opper 110

Chapter 4 Denying Same-Sex Couples theRight to Adopt

Case Overview: Lofton et al. v. Kathleen A. Kearney (2004) 123

1 The Circuit Court's Opinion: Florida Law Banning Same-Sex Couples from Adopting Is Constitutional Stanley F. Birch Jr. 126

2 The Court's Decision Banning Same-Sex Couples from Adopting Should Be Overturned: Child Welfare League of America 143

3 The Court's Decision Banning Same-Sex Couples from Adopting Should Stand: Twenty-one Members of the Florida Legislature 151

4 Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able to Adopt: Child Protection Report 159

Organizations to Contact 163

For Further Research 168

Index 172

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