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November 8, 1965

Adopting a Child Today

JAMA. 1965;194(6):684-685. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090190106049

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The reasoned defense of independent adoptions, developed by an adoptive parent and a legal consultant, is the outstanding feature of Adopting a Child Today. This orientation is particularly provocative in an era when adoption agencies are intent on securing a monopoly in adoption practices.

The authors advocate a broadened concept of adoption in view of the situation today, that there are more children available for adoption than adoptive parents. The appeal is that adoption be considered by any who wish a child rather than just the traditional childless couple.

The authors reason that the more different kinds of people become involved in adoptions, the easier it will be to live as adoptive parents and children. Since medical science is more apt to solve the problems of infertility than society is likely to prevent illegitimacy, this appeal makes sense.

The needs of all potential adopters are well served by the authors'

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