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Foundation: Preface
Foundation: Preface

This opening section of The Handbook of Adoption: Implicationsfor Researchers, Practitioners, and Families is designed to providereaders with an overview of adoption in the United States from threecomplementary analytic approaches: (1) a sociological analysis, (2) astatistical trend analysis, and (3) a legal history analysis. The editorsbelieve that it is important that a broader history and foundation of thesubject be recounted before venturing into more specific issues of assessment,treatment, training, and research. In Chapter 2,“Toward a Sociology of Adoption: Historical Deconstruction,” DawnEsposito and Frank Biafora take readers on an interrelatedcultural-political-religious-economic journey through America's adoptionpast. These authors, both university professors of sociology, deconstructadoption as they guide readers through a Colonial period, an industrialrevolution and urbanization movement, two world wars, a civil rights movement,and a ...

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