This section contains resources relevant to ethical adoption practice, which has evolved over the past 3 or 4 decades to become more open. Birth parents and adult adopted people have made their voices heard. The Internet has made it easier to locate separated relatives. New reproductive technologies may benefit from the ethical lessons learned in adoption over the years.
Adoption Activities on the Internet: A Call for Regulation
Roby & White
Social Work, 55(3), 2010
Reviews the landscape of current Internet-based adoption activities, examines their benefits and risks, and calls for self-regulation and leadership in social work.
CWLA Standards of Excellence for Adoption Services
Child Welfare League of America (2000)
Integrates information relevant to all forms of adoption, including public agency, foster care, private and intercountry, and strives to ensure that standards apply to private and public social service agencies at the State, local, and Tribal levels.
Ethical Issues in Adoption Practice (PDF - 378 KB)
Fox & Johnston (2004)
Outlines ethical issues adoption professionals face when working with members of the adoption triad.
Ethics and Adoption
The Donaldson Adoption Institute
Lists publications, presentations, books, and conference proceedings of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute that are related to ethics and adoption.
Old Lessons for a New World: Applying Adoption Research and Experience to Assisted Reproductive Technology
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2009)
Policy and Practice Perspective
Suggests that knowledge derived from adoption research and experience can be used to improve policy and practice in assisted reproductive technologies and identifies areas to which adoption's lessons could be applied, including secrecy and the withholding of information.
The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry
Explores unethical adoption policies and practices in the United States. It begins by discussing the history of adoption in America, adoption reform, and the history of corruption in adoption.