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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.
Chapter 1 Do Adoptions Need More Regulation?
Chapter Preface 18
Yes: Adoptions Need More Regulation
Laws Regarding Birth Fathers Are Not Clearly Stated or Followed Wendy McElroy 20
Lack of International Adoption Regulation Can Lead to Uncertainties and Corruption Kit R. Roane 24
Lack of Regulation Allows Children to Be Unwillingly Put Up for Adoption Russell Goldman 31
More Adoption Regulations Are Needed to Prevent Potential Parents from Being Deceived Michael Crowley 38
No: Adoptions Do Not Need More Regulation
America's Adoption System Is Effective Because It Is Not Overregulated Caitriona Palmer 42
China's New Adoption Regulations Will Prevent Many Americans from Adopting Children Elisa Poncz 47
Implementation of the Hague Convention Will Harm American Adoption Agencies and Potential Parents Denise L. Behreandt 56
Chapter 2 What Risks and Benefits May Accompany International Adoptions?
Chapter Preface 62
International Adoptions Should Adhere to the Hague Convention The United Nations Children's Fund 64
International Adoption Can Benefit Older Potential Parents Marie Pruden 67
International Adoption Can Be a Viable Option for African Orphans Jini L. Roby Stacey A. Shaw 74
Adopting Children from China Can Be Fraught with Corruption Anita M. Andrew 84
Chapter 3 Should Adoptive and Birth Families Be Allowed Contact with Each Other?
Chapter Preface 94
Yes: Adoptive and Birth Families Should Be Allowed Contact
Open Adoption Leads to Closeness Between Both Families Michael Winerip 96
Closed Adoption Can Sow Bitterness and Discontent Marcy Axness 101
No: Adoptive and Birth Families Should Not BeAllowed Contact
Privacy in Adoption Is a Human Right Thomas C. Atwood 111
Open Adoption Can Lead to Heartache for Both Families Sonia Nazario 122
Chapter 4 What Issues Are Involved in Nontraditional Adoptions?
Chapter Preface 134
Adoption by Gay Men and Lesbians Is a Good Option for Orphaned Children Julian Sanchez 136
Gay Men and Lesbians Should Not Be Allowed to Adopt Children Glenn T. Stanton 146
Transgendered Persons Should Be Permitted to Have Custody of Children Kari Carter 155
Adoption or Long-Term Placement with Relatives Is Better than Foster Care Mark Testa Nancy Sidote Salyers Mike Shaver Jennifer Miller 165
Grandmothers Who Raise Their Grandchildren Experience More Stress Terry L. Mills Zenata Gomez-Smith Jessica M. De Leon 173
Organizations to Contact 182