Adoption Issues

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  • Adoption Issues
  • Volume 326
  • Editor: Justin Healey
  • E-book ISBN: 978 1 921507 45 8
  • Year: 2011
  • E-book: $28.00


There has been an overall decline in the number of adoptions of Australian children over the last 25 years, however past and present adoption practices continue to raise a number of challenging and complex emotional and practical issues. This book examines the adoption experience in Australia, including local and intercountry adoption and the legal processes involved; adoption trends; identity and disclosure issues; the impacts of past coercive adoption practices on unmarried birth mothers and their children; post-adoption grief and loss; and the same-sex adoption law debate. A number of personal search and reunion stories are also featured which illustrate some of the complexities and hardships involved.

Chapter 1: Adoption trends in Australia

Chapter 2: Search and reunion

Chapter 3: Intercountry adoption

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index