Adoption: A Reference Handbook.
Contemporary World Issues
Moe, Barbara A..
Adoption Alliance, Denver, CO.
xv, 342 p.
Publication Information: ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA
130 Cremona Dr. P. O. Box 1911
Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911
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This reference book discusses different facets of adoption and presents differing views on controversial issues in adoption. It begins by providing background information on adoption, including characteristics of families who adopt and types of adoption. Information on the Hague Convention and possible emotional or psychological issues of some adopted children are discussed, along with laws and policies, post-legal services, costs of adoption, the role of attorneys, and disrupted adoptions. Chapter 2 explores controversial issues in adoption, including open adoption, transracial adoptions, single-parent adoption, government regulation of adoption, infant abandonment laws, and the value of adoption. The following chapter reviews how people in selected countries outside the United States handle adoption. Chapter 4 presents a timeline of adoption milestones and discusses how the practice of adoption has evolved over the years, and Chapter 5 presents 30 brief biographical sketches of adoption pioneers whose actions, writings, or both have changed adoption. Chapter 6 presents figures and tables on adoption, reviews federal legislation and Supreme Court verdicts regarding adoption, and presents a concept model for post adoption services. The final chapters give listings of important adoption organizations for adopted persons, birth parents, and adoptive parents, and an annotated list of print and nonprint resources. Numerous references.
adoption guides; adoption laws; adoption process; resource materials; Intercountry adoption