Ethics in American Adoption


Today in the United States there is a lack of consensus about what constitutes ethical practice in adoption. Although ethics in adoption is a hot topic, adoption specialists and professionals are unsure about how to serve the best interests of children who need to be adopted and how birth parents, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees ought to be served. This failure to identify and prioritize ethical standards in adoption has resulted in a lack of ethical decision-making and inadequate--and sometimes fraudulent--treatment of those seeking adoption-related services. Based on the first research study to specifically study ethics in adoption practice, this book offers an in-depth exploration of the history of values in adoption, various codes and standards of practice affecting adoption work nationally and internationally and presents a suggested list of ethical standards specific to adoption work.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Margaret Rhodes
  • Jim Gritter
  • Mark Twain
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1999


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