Controversy in Adoption

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 875–876. Reviews the book, The Adoption Triangle: The Effects of the Sealed Record on Adoptees, Birth Parents, and Adoptive Parents by Arthur D. Sorosky, Annette Baran, and Reuben Pannor (1978). This illuminating book culminates earlier efforts by the authors to call into question the present secrecy and anonymity governing the adoption of children. The controversy in adoption centers around “sealing” the child's original birth certificate containing information about the birth parents. This is the first study ever conducted investigating the feelings and attitudes of birth parents after the relinquishment of their children. Insofar as the reviewer is aware, it is also the first study on the outcomes of reunions between birth parents and adoptees that took place despite the sealed record barrier. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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