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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737743241
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/26/2009
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

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

Bibliography 189

Index 194

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