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Author Montgomery, Mark, 1953- author.

Title Saving international adoption : an argument from economics and personal experience / Mark Montgomery and Irene Powell.

Publication Info. Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  362.734 MONTGOMERY    Check Shelf
Description xviii, 270 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-259) and index.
Summary International adoption is in a state of virtual collapse, rates having fallen by more than half since 2004 and continuing to fall. Yet around the world millions of orphaned and vulnerable children need permanent homes, and thousands of American and European families are eager to take them in. Many government officials, international bureaucrats, and social commentators claim these adoptions are not "in the best interests" of the child. They claim that adoption deprives children of their "birth culture," threatens their racial identities, and even encourages widespread child trafficking. Celebrity adopters are publicly excoriated for stealing children from their birth families. This book argues that opposition to adoption ostensibly based on the well-being of the child is often a smokescreen for protecting national pride. Concerns about the harm done by transracial adoption are largely inconsistent with empirical evidence. As for trafficking, opponents of international adoption want to shut it down because it is too much like a market for children. But this book offers a radical challenge to this view--that is, what if instead of trying to suppress market forces in international adoption, we embraced them so they could be properly regulated? What if the international system functioned more like open adoption in the United States, where birth and adoptive parents can meet and privately negotiate the exchange of parental rights? This arrangement, the authors argue, could eliminate the abuses that currently haunt international adoption. -- Publisher's description.
Contents Introduction: why is international adoption collapsing? -- The obvious benefits of international adoption -- Whose culture is being defended? -- Is it culture or race? -- Walking while black (WWB) -- Trafficking jam -- Is adoption too commercial? -- Objections: won't less regulation make things worse? -- Repugnant ideas that became mainstream -- Adoption: joy and sadness.
Subject Intercountry adoption.
Intercountry adoption. (OCoLC)fst00976069
Added Author Powell, Irene, author.
Other Form: Online version: Montgomery, Mark, 1953- Saving international adoption. Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2017] 9780826521743 (DLC) 2017037251
ISBN 9780826521729 (hardcover acid-free paper)
082652172X (hardcover acid-free paper)
9780826521743 electronic book
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