The Encyclopedia of Adoption / Edition 3

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This AtoZ reference addresses all aspects—social, legal, economic, psychological, political—of the modern adoption experience, while providing clear and detailed definitions for the maze of terminology that has arisen. More than 400 entries cover such topics as:
  • Statistics on who put children up for adoption and who adopts
  • Why the number of couples who want to adopt exceeds the number of babies available
  • The psychological effects of adoption
  • The impact of child abuse
  • The usefulness of support groups.
  • The second edition features new and expanded entries on:
  • Transracial adoptions, adoptions by gays and lesbians, and international adoptions
  • The latest research findings on adolescent adoptees and children adopted from orphanages
  • Medical issues, such as cocaine babies, HIV-positive babies, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Legal issues, such as wrongful adoption, updated federal and state laws, and key cases (such as "Baby Richard" and "Baby Jessica")
  • Health issues, such as medical record evaluations by physicians
  • Plus, extensive, updated appendixes of key resources, including listings of social services offices, adoption agencies, adoptive parent groups, and revised charts and tables of adoption demographics in the U.S.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The product of a collaboration between Adamec (The Encyclopedia of Child Abuse) and pediatrician Miller (The Handbook of International Adoption Medicine), this single-volume guide, first published in 1992, offers an extensive exploration of adoption-related subjects through more than 400 entries, many of them new. Topics range from the genetic and medical to the financial; new coverage includes the Adoption and Safe Families Act, laws concerning adoptions by gays and lesbians, and international adoptions. The work also provides a thoroughgoing exploration of each topic's often myriad ramifications. Adamec's introduction unravels a fascinating history of adoption, from Babylonian law to contemporary practices. Appendixes contain a detailed clarification of relevant state laws and list state and provincial adoption organizations. This edition is essential for both public libraries and early childhood development collections.

—Savannah Schroll Guz
School Library Journal
YA-- This unique reference succeeds in bringing together interdisciplinary research and knowledge on a complex subject. In one alphabet, the legal, medical, social, philosophical, emotional, and historical terms of adoption are discussed clearly as to their meaning and implications. The entries run the gamut from ``abandonment'' to ``zygote adoption,'' and include thoughtful essays about such topics as interracialand gay and lesbian adoption. Those considering searching for or placing a child for adoption will encounter complete information on all of the options. For social studies students, the introduction presents a meaningful and compassionate historical overview. Appendixes give lists of organizations and agencies as well as demographic data.-- Jackie Gropman, Richard Byrd Library, Springfield, VA
Organized alphabetically, this volume covers social, legal, economic, psychological, and political issues revolving around the process of adoption. Topics include statistics on who adopts and who put children up for adoption; the impact of child abuse; interracial adoption; medical issues, such as HIV babies, and children suffering from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome; bioethics and how fertility science is affecting adoption; and key legal cases and issues, such as wrongful adoption. Adamec is a freelance writer and a former member of the Florida Adoption Advisory Council. Pierce is President of the National Committee for Adoption. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Choice Magazine
The second edition of this excellent reference book, an updated version of the first edition by the same editors, will be useful for both general readers and adoption professionals...Essential...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816063291
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Facts on File Library of Health and Living
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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