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ISS/IRC Code TOOL-ADOPT UK-020
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Title Adoption and the Care of Children: The British and American Experience
Author MORGAN Patricia
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Date published/issue 03-00-1998
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher IEA Health and Welfare Unit, 2 Lord North St., London SW1P 3LB, United Kingdom
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Page 210
Price £9.00
ISBN 0 255 36434 2
Type of material Book
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Document description Commentaries
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Country concerned UNITED KINGDOM
UNITED STATES
Index Foster-care
Substitute-family
Interacial
Consent
Family-reintegration
Adoptability-child
Child-interest
Free text Study No. 42 in the series Choice in Welfare by the Health and Welfare Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs. The author argues that in Britain and the USA adoption has fallen out of favour and that many children, unable to live with their natural parents, are in danger of never finding a permanent family or of spending long years in care since current trends tend to discourage adoption as an alternative. Under the banner of "family preservation" or what has been coined since the UK Children Act of 1989 "partnership" with biological parents, foster care is preferred and contact is maintained, sometimes against the best interest of the child, and compromising his/her chances to find a permanent, stable home. Interacial adoptions are sistematically discouraged with the result of a high proportion of black or mixed-race children staying in public care.

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Degree of interest Valuable
Work area Psychology
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