Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 July 2018

250 Pages


ISBN: 9780190914813

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Adoption Beyond Borders

How International Adoption Benefits Children

Dr. Rebecca Compton

  • The book is written for a general audience but is based on research evidence. It is not a memoir, unlike many general-audience books about adoption.
  • The author has "dual credentials"-as an adoptive parent with first-hand knowledge, and as an scholar/teacher well-positioned to translate research evidence for the general reader.
  • The research reviewed in the book crosses disciplinary lines (e.g., psychology, social work, neuroscience, anthropology); the book is unique in the breadth of research it reviews.
  • The arguments have policy implications. That is, evidence strongly suggests that policy should favor placing unparented children in adoptive homes as early in life as possible. Instead, many policies encourage time-wasting waffling while children remain in institutions, or prioritize temporary foster care or institutionalization in the country of origin over international adoption.
  • Although the author has a particular point-of-view that she advocates, the approach in the book is evidence-based and balanced even on controversial topics.

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