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September 19, 1936

The Adopted Child

JAMA. 1936;107(12):992-993. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770380074032

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This is a dispassionate yet warmly human discussion of the problems of the adopted child and the adoptive parents. The author considers both with unusual understanding, not forgetting the interest of society in the correct solution of the problems involved in the placing of children who for one reason or another, usually illegitimacy, cannot be kept with their own parents. She has no illusions about the very real disadvantages suffered by the child born out of wedlock, and she regards with scorn the sentimentality involved in deleting the record of illegitimacy from the official certificate of birth. She differs sharply with many of the practices now current in the placing of children, especially the granting of power to make and enforce rules to so-called state boards of control. She considers that two states, at least, in which social progress by legislation has been greatly extolled, have achieved nothing but the

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