Catalogue by titles / A Sealed and Secret Kinship: The Culture of Policies and Practices in American Adoption

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ISS/IRC Code TOOL-ADOPT US-037
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Title A Sealed and Secret Kinship: The Culture of Policies and Practices in American Adoption
Author MODELL Judith
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Date published/issue 00-00-2002
Date received 00-00-0000
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Publisher Berghahn Books, New york, Oxford - www.berghahnbooks.com
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Page 220
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ISBN 1 57181 324 1
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Country concerned UNITED STATES
Index Secrecy-origin
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Foster-care
Child-rights
Origins-info
Special-needs-child
Paps-eligibility
Free text The author comments on inconsistencies that exist in the practice and concept of adoption of children in the US. The new 'openness' to the practice of adoption turns it into something that is talked about, reflecting primarily the needs to obtain information expressed by adoptees and birth parents. In a society where blood ties are still considered as most important, openness thus means something different to different groups, and is handled according to basic concepts of kinship and family . The author points out the difference and discriminating attitudes and policies relating to foster care as a less 'committed' sort of placement option for children compared to the permanency of adoption where so often even birth certificates were altered to establish a more 'normal' kinship (On November 1997 the Adoption and Safe Families Act was signed giving priority to the permanent care of children over long-term fostering).

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