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Adoption in the United States

A Reference for Families, Professionals, and Students

Martha J. Henry and Daniel Pollack

Publication Date - July 2009

ISBN: 9780190615994

256 pages
6 x 8.9 inches

In Stock


Navigating the adoption process is no easy feat. This is the only comprehensive adoption guide that includes information on health issues as well as state-specific legal procedures that influence domestic infant adoptions, intercountry adoptions, and the creation of foster families. Henry and Pollack combine a unique range of research with an accessible style as they reach out to parents, professionals, and students. The authors also address difficult topics, including openness throughout the adoption process and special considerations for cross-cultural families. This book is a must read.


  • Provides valuable sources for staying up-to-date on ever-changing adoption laws
  • Includes an extensive appendix of tables and charts, clearly presenting procedures and regulations that vary by state
  • Discusses critical (yet often overlooked) behavioral, developmental, and mental health issues
  • Addresses sensitive topics, such as language use and confidentiality
  • Gives professionals and students an interdisciplinary background to increase practice effectiveness
  • Provides information on the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) and the Interstate
  • Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA) - two compacts typically not included in texts, yet inevitably encountered by adoption workers, students, and parents

About the Author(s)

Martha J. Henry (MA, PhD, Clark University) is director of the Center for Adoption Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her background in developmental psychology informs her work creating adoption and foster care curricula and training sessions for medical, social service, and educational professionals, as well as for families. She has developed seminars for medical students regarding health care practice that includes considerations for adoption and foster care. Her research focuses on permanency solutions for children needing families.

Daniel Pollack (MSW, Case Western Reserve University; JD, Cleveland State University) is professor of social work at Yeshiva University and senior fellow at the Center for Adoption Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has held positions at the Ohio Department of Human Services, Maryland Social Services Administration, and has been the executive assistant to Ohio's governor. He is an executive committee member for the World Initiative for Orphans and a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), as well as the Family Court Reform Coalition. He is an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and has published extensively.

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