First Parents: Reconceptualizing Newborn Adoption

29 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2011

Date Written: 2008


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.

Keywords: adoption, unfit parents

Suggested Citation

Dwyer, James Gerard, First Parents: Reconceptualizing Newborn Adoption (2008). Capital University Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 2, p. 293, 2008, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-97, Available at SSRN:

James Gerard Dwyer (Contact Author)

William & Mary Law School ( email )

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P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States


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