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(p. 279) 10. Adoption 

(p. 279) 10. Adoption
(p. 279) 10. Adoption

Mary Welstead

and Susan Edwards


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date: 19 November 2019

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter examines the history and statutory framework of adoption under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, and the Children and Adoption Act 2006. It considers the claims of race, religion, culture, and language, which are statutory requirements when considering placing a child with prospective adoptive parents. The chapter considers both domestic and international adoption, and concludes with an overview of the shift from adoption as a secretive enterprise into an open one that allows contact between birth family members and the child given up for adoption.

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