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Abstract Adoption law in the United States, since its inception in 1851, has reflected changes in society and in child welfare practices. The author reviews its evolution from an issue involving property and inheritance, to a means of helping children and creating the ideal nuclear family, to...
Abstract Children with many types of developmental disabilities have been successfully adopted. Nonetheless, there appears to be a belief among both adopters and some adoption workers that children with Down syndrome are especially easy to rear. The current paper uses different methodological...
Abstract The impact of openness in adoption on private adoption agencies' practices and services was examined. In 1987-89 and 1993 staff from private agencies participated in structured interviews concerning their current practices regarding openness and the services offered by the agency. Over...
Abstract IN THE NAME OF THE FAMILY: RETHINKING FAMILY VALUES IN THE POSTMODERN AGE. Judith Stacey. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996, 194 pp., ISBN 0-8070-0432-4, $22.00 hardcover. Reviewed by Valerie S. Mannis. CONFESSIONS OF A LOST MOTHER. Elisa M. Barton. Baltimore, MD: Gateway, 1996, 157 pp., ISBN...
Abstract This article looks at print coverage of various adoption issues: adoption vs. abortion, a famous birth mother's story, revisiting Baby Richard, and the perils of internation adoption. Two prime time programs are reviewed, one drama on foster care and open adoption, the other a...
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