This compilation of the best thinking about adoption by both historical and current authorities reveals a vital, ever-changing practice affecting the lives of millions of people around the globe. Adoption is one of humanity's oldest and most widespread customs - it has been practiced by every culture in the world throughout history. Yet our ideas about adoption remain in constant flux.
The ancient practice of adoption has changed significantly through history. In colonial America, parents adopted out their unwanted children - those who were "rude, stubborn, and unruly" - to other families. Today, Americans go abroad looking for children to adopt, and have adopted more than a quarter million internationally.
This work not only traces the development of expert thinking about adoption, it also looks at both sides of the latest controversial issues. Should adoptions be open or closed? Should the government regulate adoptions more closely - or less? This updated second edition offers an international perspective with a new chapter on how countries outside the United States provide adoption services. This work is an indispensable resource for those thinking about adoption or its history.
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