Making Families Through Adoption provides a comprehensive look at adoption practices both in the United States and in other cultures, and a general understanding of the practices and ideology of kinship and family. The subject of adoption allows a window into discussions of what constitutes family or kin, the role of biological connectedness, oversight of parenting practices by the state, and the role of race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic class in the building of families. While reviewing practices of and issues surrounding adoption, the authors highlight the ways these practices and discussions allow us greater insight into overall practices of kinship and family.

Adoption in the United States: Historical Perspectives

Adoption in the United States: Historical Perspectives

Adoption in the United States: Historical perspectives

We have seen how adoption is practiced differently in various social and cultural contexts. Thinking through those examples, it becomes more obvious that adoption, child fostering, and child circulation in general are defined and shaped by each society; what is acceptable, expected, or practiced will differ depending on the surrounding community's norms, values, and practices. With that in mind, it is time to turn to American practices of adoption. In this chapter, we look at the history of, changes in, and current practices of adoption in the United States. Here again, comparative perspective, this time historical, is useful. With such a comparative perspective, we can see both similarities and differences between the ...

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