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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