A Sealed and Secret Kinship: The Culture of Policies and Practices in American Adoption

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Index
A
Abortion, adoption argument against, 62–63, 100
The Adopted Break Silence (Kittson), 28
Adopted child syndrome, 39
Adoptees
access to closed/sealed records, 36–38, 55–56, 177, 198
“biography” of, 54–55
characteristics of, 198
as child in a transaction, 28
disruption of identity formation, 34–35, 55
experiences of searching, 54–59
“good cause” plea for information, 57–58
“remarkable intimacy” with a stranger, 57
reunions by adoptees, 56–60
Adoptees Liberty Movement Association (ALMA), 29
Adoptee Support Group (ASG)
adoptees experiences of searching, 54–59
adoption practice reforms, 76
ASG Newsletter, 33, 57
Disclosure (internet), 150
freedom of information, 170
membership of, 33
Adoption
As academic subject, 3, 4
adoption triad, 11–12
And American foster care, 79–95
charitable adoptions, 113–15
common law adoption, 108–9
crossing state boundaries, 115–21
family-building to childrescuing, 76
focus on secrecy, 26–27, 166–72, 178–84, 199n.3, 200n.6
fully-disclosed, 64–65
“hard to place” and “waiting” children, 154–58
history of American adoption and secrecy, 179–82
in federal policy, 18, 107–15
income-based tax subsidy, 20, 110, 158–63
international, 11, 143–46, 189–90
on the Internet, 11, 149, 150, 151–52, 164

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