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May 2, 1953

Child Adoption in the Modern World.

JAMA. 1953;152(1):101. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690010107039

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The practices and problems of adoption in England and its territories are the principal concern of this book, which, despite its title, devotes but little space to the adoption procedures in other countries of the world. Proceeding on the premise that adoption in England, legal for but 26 years, is still on trial, the author discusses social and legal aspects of adoption objectively but generally. Attention is directed to the reasons for adoption, the qualifications of those who desire to adopt, the problems involved in accomplishing adoption, and the welfare of the child who has been adopted. Information is given about the responsibilities of and the services rendered by adoption societies in Great Britain. Improvement in the process of adoption is described, and the importance of careful investigation of all facts concerning each adoption is emphasized. Discussion of adoption procedures and problems in the United States, France, Greece, Norway, Sweden,

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