Jill Duerr Berrick, Jennifer Lawson and Erika Weissinger

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online April 2011 | | DOI:


Adoption involves the complete transfer of parental rights and obligations from one family to another. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries adoption became an increasingly acceptable and widespread form of family formation, seen as a desirable option for families in a wide variety of circumstances, including couples who are unable to have biological children, those who want to provide homes for children in foster care, or relatives who want to assist when biological parents are not able to parent their own children. Major works on adoption can be divided into topics that include the need to find more adoptive families for foster children who are older and those who have special needs (such as children with drug exposure, children of color, or children who are part of a sibling group), the trend toward open adoption and older child adoption, controversies around transracial placement and gay and lesbian adoption, and postadoptive services.

Article.  8588 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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