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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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