Children and Youth in Adoption, Orphanages, and Foster Care: A Historical Handbook and Guide (Google eBook)

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Lori Askeland
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 222 pages
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Adoption and foster care is a new and burgeoning area of historical and interdisciplinary research. Too often, however, birth parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, social workers, and the children themselves have either been ignored or demonized. This comprehensive introductory resource provides an authoritative, yet accessible, examination of adoption and foster care as it has been practiced in the United States.

Within the pages of this volume, the reader will find a complete view of the many individuals and groups involved, as well as a thorough understanding of the various social and economic forces that have contributed to the perceptions of what children are in need of care. Also discussed is the role of orphanages, once the primary institution for children without parents as well as a stopgap measure for poor children needing temporary care. Divided into three major sections, original essays review the practice of adoption, orphanage placement and foster care from the colonial period to the present day. Selected primary documents, including materials by children, as well as an in-depth bibliographic section, provide crucial information and insight for high school and college students. Social workers, journalists, and others will also find much value in this historical overview and guide. Contributors include Elizabeth Bartholet, Marilyn Irvin Holt, Martha Satz, and Claudia Nelson.

Adoption and foster care is a new and burgeoning area of historical and interdisciplinary research. Too often, however, birth parents, adoptive parents and foster parents, social workers, and the children themselves have been either ignored or demonized. This authoritative and accessible work is the first comprehensive introductory resource that gives a fuller portrait of the many individuals and groups that have contributed to the perceptions of what children are in need of care. Also discussed is the role of orphanages, the primary institution for children without parents as well as a stopgap measure for poor children needing temporary care. Divided into three sections, original essays review the practice of adoption, orphanage placement, and foster care from the colonial period to the present day. Selected primary documents, including materials by children, as well as an in-depth bibliography section, provide crucial information and insight for high school and college students. Social workers, journalists, and others will also find much value in this historical overview and guide. Star contributors include Elizabeth Bartholet, Marilyn Irvin Holt, Martha Satz, and Claudia Nelson.

  

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Proper academic treatises on the history of adoption etc. in USA. Breaks down into orphan trains, and its impact on adoption reform, the orphan in American children's literature and others. It is ... Read full review

Contents

Informal Adoption Apprentices and Indentured Children in the Colonial Era and the New Republic 16051850
3
Adoption Reform Orphan Trains and ChildSaving 18511929
17
Science Social Work and Bureaucracy Cautious Developments in Adoption and Foster Care 19301969
31
Civil Rights Adoption Rights Domestic Adoption and Foster Care 1970 to the Present
45
International Adoption
63
The Orphan in American Childrens Literature
79
Documents
93
Multicultural Forms of Adoption and Foster Care before 1850
95
International Adoption Law
145
Orphans in Literature for American Children
157
Bibliography
169
General Adoption and Child Welfare History References and Online Resources
171
Orphans Orphanages and Orphan Stories Early Forms of Adoption and Fostering in Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
179
Secrecy and Adoption Infertility Illegitimacy Parental Fitness Standards and the Move to Openness in the Twentieth Century
191
Crossing Boundaries Issues and Controversies in Contemporary Foster Care and Adoption
199
Index
209

Orphan Trains ChildSaving and the Modernization of Adoption Law 18511929
105
Science and Secrecy Adoption Orphanages and Foster Care 19301969
117
Contemporary Issues in Domestic Adoption 1970 to the Present
131
About the Editor and Contributors
221
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Lori Askeland is Associate Professor, Department of English, Wittenberg University, Ohio.

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