Ethics In American Adoption

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Overview

Today in the United States there is a lack of consensus about what constitutes ethical practice in adoption. Although ethics in adoption is a hot topic, adoption specialists and professionals are unsure about how to serve the best interests of children who need to be adopted and how birth parents, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees ought to be served. This failure to identify and prioritize ethical standards in adoption has resulted in a lack of ethical decision-making and inadequate—and sometimes fraudulent—treatment of those seeking adoption-related services.

Destined to be seminal in the fields of ethics and adoption, this books offers numerous case studies describing what is wrong with America's adoption system, illustrating what the lack of applied ethical standards in adoption does to adoptees and those who love them, and raising many questions about what adoption facilitators are doing, who is accountable for what they are doing, and whose interests they are serving.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895385
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Lexile: 1510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

L. ANNE BABB is Executive Director of a nonprofit adoption advocacy center, the Family Tree Adoption and Counseling Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Foundations 1
Ch. 1 Living the Experience 3
Ch. 2 Values in Adoption 27
Pt. II Explorations 71
Ch. 3 Ethical Inquiry 73
Ch. 4 Ethical Codes Influencing Adoption Practice 95
Pt. III Contentions 115
Ch. 5 When Professional Values Collide 117
Pt. IV Recommendations 133
Ch. 6 Recommended Model for Ethical Standards in Adoption 135
Pt. V Challenges 161
Ch. 7 Challenges to Change 163
App. A: Resources 201
App. B Are You Considering Adoption? Information for Expectant Parents 203
App. C Texas Child Protective Services Supervisor Competencies 209
Glossary 211
References 217
Index 227
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