Although most mental health and behavioral health professionals have encountered adoption triad members—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted persons—in their clinical practice, the vast majority have had no formal or informal training on adoption issues. The Handbook of Adoption is the first text designed for mental health practitioners to specifically address the many dimensions of adoption-related issues which can and do affect adoption triad members, specifically in the United States.

A Legal History of Adoption and Ongoing LegalChallenges

A legal history of adoption and ongoing legal challenges

Adoption is both a social and a legal process. The legal process of adoption inthe United States has evolved over time from a largely informal process to aprocess that is now regulated by states and the federal government and that isinternationally regulated by the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Bothdomestically and internationally, there have been significant developments inadoption law. Nonetheless, challenges remain regarding many aspects of adoptionlaw. This chapter briefly examines the major legal developments in adoption inthe United States and the areas in which law continues to evolve. A legalhistory timeline is presented at the end of this chapter. Readers may find thisvisual a helpful guide as they ...

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