Adoption Issues

Volume 326

Editor: Justin Healey

Print book ISBN: 9781921507441

E-book ISBN: 9781921507458

Year: 2011

$28.00 (includes $2.55 GST)


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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

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