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Baby Cooperatives: Rethinking the Nature of Family


Michele Goodwin


University of Minnesota Law School

Naomi Duke


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

March 11, 2012

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-34

Abstract:     
The foster care funding system is rooted in historic ideology rather than pragmatic reasoning suited to children’s needs today. It creates perverse economic incentives and promotes rent-seeking behavior; as a result, it bears poor outcomes. Baby Cooperatives provides a new way of thinking of family that develops a contact-based, civil union model and expands it to permit 2-5 persons to join in a legalized parenting “family.” The article explains the policy framework, and sets forth and applies an eight-point test that such cooperatives must meet.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: adoption, foster care, family, child abuse, economics, civil unions, cooperatives, kibbutz

JEL Classification: H11, H31, H53, H54, I12, I18, I30, I31, I32, I38, I39, J12, J13, J15, J16, J18, J54, K12, P46

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Date posted: July 19, 2012  

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Goodwin, Michele and Duke, Naomi, Baby Cooperatives: Rethinking the Nature of Family (March 11, 2012). Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-34. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2112477 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2112477

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Michele Goodwin (Contact Author)
University of Minnesota Law School ( email )
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
Naomi Duke
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States
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