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Conclusions and Future Directions
Conclusions and future directions

What can we conclude about adoption and its influence on children and their families? First, it is clear that adoption has become a very complex and highly varied form of family life. Compared with just a few decades ago, there is substantially greater diversity in the children being adopted as well as the individuals who are adopting them. This trend, which shows no evidence of reversing itself, limits our ability to make broad generalizations about outcomes for adopted children and their families. Second, it is equally clear that adoption is a highly successful societal solution for those children whose biological parents cannot or will not provide for them. There is no question that adopted children fare significantly better ...

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