First Parents: Reconceptualizing Newborn Adoption
James G. Dwyer
William & Mary Law School
Capital University Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 293, 2008
William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-97
A significant number of children are removed or relinquished from birth parent custody immediately after birth, and placed with alternative caregivers who ultimately adopt them and become the legal parents. Such children experience the pyschological consequences of being adopted even though they have only ever had one set of parents in a social sense. This symposium article proposes a reconceptualization of parenthood in such cases and corresponding legal reforms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: adoption, unfit parentsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 16, 2011
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