Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love: Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Adoption Practice

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INDEX
abortion, 9, 41, 83, 93, 97, 108
abuse, child. See child abuse
adolescence: identity in, 32, 48, 50–51, 77; race in, 48, 50–52; risks for abuse survivors in, 26–27, 58–59
adoption: as a gendered phenomenon, 1, 120–121, 126; media imagery of, 9, 30, 33–34, 38, 41, 90–93, 98–101, 113, 138–139, 151 (see also international adoption: in the media); myths about, 80, 98–116; older child, 6, 9, 19, 56–57, 61–65, 75–77; plenary, 91–92, 107, 119; scandals, 89, 91, 93–95, 98
adoption agencies: private, 1–2, 4, 6–8, 11–14, 16, 18–19, 24–26, 28, 30, 40, 45, 59, 75, 79, 81, 83, 86, 88, 92, 101, 111, 113–115, 126, 137, 139, 141, 144–146 (see also facilitators; private adoption); public, 1, 6, 8, 11–13, 18, 22, 24, 2930, 40, 45, 48, 53–54, 59, 88, 112–113, 115–116, 141 (see also public adoption); variable practices in, 11, 13–14, 24, 29–30, 40, 62, 85, 88, 106, 112–116
adoption failure. See disruption
adoption policies, 33–34, 40, 49, 52–55, 61, 77, 113, 156
adoption statistics, 1–2, 5, 8–9, 14, 79, 95, 103, 108
adoption transition, 10, 20–21, 27, 43–45, 47, 67–69, 72, 75, 87, 121–123, 125–126, 131–132, 134, 142–143
African American adopters, 6–8, 11, 13, 19–22, 26, 29, 38–42, 45–46, 52–53, 66, 81, 120, 124–125, 132, 143, 148, 150
attachment: as a process, 10, 12, 43, 63, 65, 72–73, 77–78, 111–112, 114, 128; disorder, 41, 56, 63, 65, 67, 72, 78, 94, 112, 116, 128–130, 140–141. See also adoption transition; substantiation
biracial identity, 12, 26, 33–34, 48–49
birth mothers: attitudes toward, 3, 24–25, 33, 52–53, 61–62, 97, 100–102, 107110, 146–148; and drug or alcohol addiction, 54, 61–62, 132; and loss of children to foster care, 9, 54–55, 76, 107, 132, 141 (see also foster care); in open adoption, 9, 33, 53–54, 86, 146, 155; in private adoption, 3, 7, 9, 13, 86, 104, 146 (see also private adoption); relinquishment by, 1, 80, 86, 92, 97, 107, 109–110; socioeconomic conditions of, 2, 13, 24–25, 33, 52, 54–55, 62, 76, 97, 100–101, 108–109, 132, 147–148. See also parental rights: termination of
“blue-ribbon baby,” 79, 88–89, 103–104, 143
Brazil, 14, 88–90, 99, 101–102, 104
Bulgaria. See Eastern European adoptions
business/professional adopters, 13, 84–86, 90, 97, 100–106, 108, 110–111, 114–116, 119–121, 125–127, 130–137, 140, 143147, 155

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