Acknowledgments

I am deeply indebted to a number of professionals, philosophers, and experts in adoption whose contributions to this book as a work in progress were invaluable. Dr. Leroy Cordrey advised me throughout the process of researching and writing my doctoral dissertation on ethics in American adoption. On several occasions Brent Neiser sent me research on professional certification and talked with me about certification of adoption professionals. Also during the course of my doctoral research, the suggestions I received from Hope Marindin, director of the National Council for Single Adoptive Parents, and from Dixie Davis, director of the Adoption Exchange Association, were priceless.

Victor Groza helped me distill hundreds of pages of doctoral research into a cogent book chapter on adoption ethics, coedited by Karen Rosenberg, which later served me as I wrote this book.

Social worker, philosopher, author, and adoptive mother tMargaret Rhodes can only be described as the midwife of this book, having witnessed its gestation and birth and advised me in all matters philosophical. Randolph Severson and James Gritter, brilliant men with hearts of gold, also advised me in philosophical and practice matters and answered my countless questions, taking time from their busy schedules to help.

I'm indebted to Lois Melina for her advice and for putting me in touch with Madelyn Freundlich of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and to Madelyn for involving me in the Institute's work on adoption ethics. I extend a note of gratitude to the members of the Institute's ethics committee, all of them doing the trailblazing work of defining what ethical adop

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Introduction xxv
  • Part I Foundations 1
  • Chapter 1 Living the Experience 3
  • Chapter 2 Values in Adoption 27
  • Part II Explorations 71
  • Chapter 3 Ethical Inquiry 73
  • Chapter 4 Ethical Codes Influencing Adoption Practice 95
  • Part III Contentions 115
  • Chapter 5 When Professional Values Collide 117
  • Part IV Recommendations 133
  • Part V Challenges 161
  • Chapter 7 Challenges to Change 163
  • Appendix A 201
  • Appendix B 203
  • Glossary 211
  • References 217
  • Index 227
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