|Author||Christine A. Adamec|
|Category||Family and Friendship|
YA-- This unique reference succeeds in bringing together interdisciplinary research and knowledge on a complex subject. In one alphabet, the legal, medical, social, philosophical, emotional, and historical terms of adoption are discussed clearly as to their meaning and implications. The entries run the gamut from ``abandonment'' to ``zygote adoption,'' and include thoughtful essays about such topics as interracialand gay and lesbian adoption. Those considering searching for or placing a child for adoption will encounter complete information on all of the options. For social studies students, the introduction presents a meaningful and compassionate historical overview. Appendixes give lists of organizations and agencies as well as demographic data.
Alphabetically arranged entries provide information on the social, legal, economic, psychological, and political aspects of adoption.