353OutlineAdoptionLectureF09

353OutlineAdoptionLectureF09 - Adoption Adoption root word...

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Adoption
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Adoption: root word means “to choose” Adoption is a choice made for a variety of reasons
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Shifts in adoption process/trends in the last decades: fewer babies to adopt
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Increase in foreign adoptions: up until 2004 most frequently from China, Russian Federation, Korea and Romania. Last few years numbers have been dropping. Accessibility varies as does the financial commitment Travel, required length of stay, additional fees also differ
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China has seen an increase in domestic adoptions: Russia encouraging domestic adoptions too. Romania did not provide children for the past two years as they have banned adoption by non-relative foreigners
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Change over time from traditional or closed adoptions where birth mother has no contact with infant or the family before/ after the relinquishment to open adoptions which can include sharing of information or direct contact Mutual consent registries:
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Most states require the collection of data which may be relevant for the child as h/she grows Date and place of birth Age of biological parents at placement and brief physical description Race, city and religion of bio parents Medical history Type of termination and facts of placement Age/sex of other children Parents level of education
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Open to traditional adoptions as a continuum Open adoptions: 1. Fully disclosed: birth parents/adoptees agree to share identifying information, make arrangements for contact; phone contact to “visitation” 2. Semi-open: agency or independent
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2009 for the course PSYCH 353 taught by Professor Gaer during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.

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