How are adoptions arranged? How far do the present adoption service really meet the needs of the adoptive family? Originally published in 1966, these are the questions examined in this searching investigation – at the time one of the few to be undertaken since legal adoption was introduced in this country in 1926.
The scope of the survey is comprehensive for every type of adoption is included: those arranged by societies, by local authorities, by relatives and private individuals. Each step in the process is described and appraised both from the angle of the agencies and of the adopters.
The careful analysis of agency policy and practice and the compelling accounts of the adopters’ experiences and attitudes makes this report of particular interest to anyone concerned with the development of this branch of the social services and its history.
The writer had extensive and varied social work experience, both in the statutory and voluntary field, and had herself arranged adoptions.
Table of Contents
Foreword. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. Survey Method 3. Selection 4. Matching Child and Adopter 5. Placement 6. Supervision 7. Making the Order 8. The Post-Adoption Period 9. Direct and Third Party Adoptions 10. Joint Adoptions by Mother and Step-Father 11. Adoption by Relatives 12. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Letter Sent to Adopters. Appendix 2: The Legal Background. Appendix 3: Additional Statistics. Bibliography. Index.