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ISS/IRC Code TOOL-ADOPT US-007
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Title Adoption, Identity and Kinship: the debate over sealed birth records
Author WEGAR Katarina
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Date published/issue 00-00-1997
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher Yale University Press, New Haven, USA
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Page 169
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ISBN 0 300 06759 3
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Country concerned UNITED STATES
Index Secrecy-origin
Origins-info
Identity-origin
Identity-adoptive
Free text The authors presents issues surrounding the debate on adoptees' need to search for information on their origins. She develops the idea that adoptees can be influenced to search for blood relatives by search movements reflecting cultural biases and social pressures such as the belief that adoptive kinship is inferior. She argues that "the choice to search or not to search must ultimately reside with the adult adoptee" and that eventhough we live in a society that "stresses the paramount significance of the blood relation", the opening of adoption records and "fairness in the adoption system cannot be achieved by pathologizing adoption and denigrating adoptive bonds".

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Degree of interest Valuable
Work area Psychology
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