Books by Constance Pohl

FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

In the 60's, whites adopted children of different races out of altruism, or simply to give a home to an available child; in the 70's, with birth control making white babies scarce, African- American social workers attacked adoptions of blacks by whites as ``cultural genocide,'' claiming with some truth that Byzantine rules and fee structures made it unduly difficult for blacks to adopt, and getting transracial adoption declared illegal in many states; the 80's saw successful challenges to such rulings; now, the burgeoning number of children in need—plus new understanding that early, permanent family connections are vital to healthy development—urges facilitation of all types of adoption. Meanwhile, despite the political debate, studies show that the racial mix is far less significant than other factors common to all adoptions—like the chance to develop a positive self-image. Here, Pohl and Harris present a lot of useful information, illuminated and exemplified by the experiences of a dozen families of various conformations, including international adoptions. Their phrasing, however, is often awkward, and their organization is poor, with frequent repetition of basic points. Still, a sensible and helpful look at a vexed and vital issue. Bibliography; glossary; source notes; index & b&w photo insert not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+) Read full book review >