Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 March 2016

248 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190247799

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Adoption Beyond Borders

How International Adoption Benefits Children

Rebecca J. Compton

  • The book presents research evidence supporting international adoption as a viable child-welfare option, in a style that is accessible for a general audience
  • The author has "dual credentials" as an adoptive parent with first-hand knowledge, and as a scholar/teacher well-positioned to translate research evidence for the general reader.
  • The book is unique in the breadth of research it incorporates, reviewing evidence across disciplinary lines (e.g., psychology, social work, neuroscience, anthropology).
  • The arguments have policy implications. Evidence strongly suggests that policy should favor placing unparented children in adoptive homes as early in life as possible. Instead, many policies encourage time-consuming bureaucratic delays while children remain in institutions, or prioritize temporary foster care or institutionalization in the country of origin over international adoption
  • The approach in the book is evidence-based and balanced, even on controversial topics.

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