An insightful and clearly written work on adoption. Contributors are from varied backgrounds - birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and social workers. They look at the key issues for today's adoption practice:
- What access to information should there be?
- What contact?
- Why was the process so secret?
- What effect has openness had?
- What are the lessons for IVF families?
IVF raises the same issues of "where did I come from" and "what happened to my child" as adoption - and IVF programmes are run on the basis of no contact between IVF child and natural parent. Accordingly adoption "experts" anticipate the same problems with IVF children as with adoption and the last two chapters of the book deal with IVF.
Table of Contents
Adoption: Was it ever thus?
The growth and role of self help groups
Adoption information services-myths and realities
Testing adoption assumptions through legislation
To know one’s child: The relinquishing mother’s dilemma
Relinquishing counselling of birth fathers
Rosemary Nicholls and Mina Levy
Support for adoptive parents
The mediation process: A delicate balance of complex human needs and emotions
Farley O’Dea, Suzanne Midford and Mercurio Cicchini
Reproductive Technology: What can we learn from the adoption experience?
The social construction of adoption and surrogacy: A comparison
Current access provisions in Australia