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Making Adoption Governable

in Kinship by Design

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226327594
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226328072 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226328072.003.0003
Making Adoption Governable

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This chapter describes organizations that were key to the modernization of adoption in the early twentieth century: the U.S. Children's Bureau and the Child Welfare League of America. They envisioned a rationalized process, kinship by design, through which families would be engineered publicly, purposefully, and according to plan. It also discusses the specific governmental practices that advocates of kinship by design equated with increasing safety in adoption: orderly information-gathering, investigation, supervision, and probation. Combined, these managerial operations would reduce the risks that children and parents would be unqualified, poorly matched, and prone to terrible, socially burdensome outcomes.

Keywords: kinship by design; U.S. Children's Bureau; Child Welfare League of America; governmental practices

Chapter.  11175 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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