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Adoption laws and practices in the recent past, though well intentioned, were often flawed. Changes have been made, but some issues continue to trouble adoption professionals and legislators alike. For example, most adult adoptees can obtain nonidentifying information about their birth parents. Should they also be able to obtain facts that could lead to their identifying and locating those parents? Which is more important: an adoptee's right to information or a parent's right to privacy? Should single men and women be allowed to adopt? Should homosexuals? Is it possible to raise a child of another race, religion, or nationality to feel secure -- and proud -- of his or her particular heritage? What resources are available to help interracial and international adoptive families resolve any problems that do arise? What can be done to stop such unethical practices as baby selling? Can today's adoption practices be improved? How might adoption change as we move into a new century?
In Adoptions Today, Ann E. Weiss forthrightly discusses these and other questions. Through the words and stories of actual adoptees, both children and adults, she examines the many facets of adoption's legal and ethical issues and controversies. This book will be of interest to those involved in adoption personally, through their local communities, or as members of the larger world community.
|3||Indenture, Asylum, Adoption||36|
|4||Searches and Open Adoption||55|
|6||Questions and Controversies||100|
|Afterword: The Adoption Process In a Nutshell||131|