IF YOU ADOPT A CHILD by Helen & Carl Doss


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The authors of The Family Nobody Wanted (1954) and twelve times over adoptive parents, pool their personal knowledge with a thorough investigation of the question of adoption. It braves some new areas when, in discussing sterility, it indicates that artificial insemination might be an answer and, in viewing alternatives to adoption, outlines work with and for children as a substitute. Its coverage of the chances of adoption, the questions of race, creed and age, of the older child and the hard-to-place baby with special needs, of where the children come from and how they turn out, answers many queries. The section of the parents-to-be and what they should look for in themselves, what they must face in agency questioning, what their attitude should be is very helpful. The black and gray markets, independent, and private and foreign agencies; the care and raising of babies and older children; the ""lost children"" and how to find them; the need for change in adoption laws and the legal rights of the adopted child -- all of this too comes under consideration. There is a directory of adoption agencies with their religious affiliations, the type of work they do and the type of children they handle, in the U.S., Hawaii, Puerto Rico, The Virgin Islands and Canada. This is another excellent addition to usable adoption material and should be recommended to all couples who have started to think about such a step.

Pub Date: June 24th, 1957
Publisher: Holt