Adoption is the social, emotional, and legal process in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become full and permanent legal members of another family while maintaining genetic and psychological connections to their birth family. Adoption has many facets and touches people in different ways—depending on their role and perspective. In this section, find information on the history of adoption in the United States, definitions and the use of language in adoption, core issues in adoption, and information about social media in adoption, as well as links to related resources and information.
Adoption Topics for Specific Audiences
- A single person or couple considering adoption?
- An expectant parent?
- An adopted person?
- An adoptive parent?
- A birth parent or relative/kinship caregiver?
- An adoption social worker?
- An adoption therapist?
- An adoption program administrator?
- An adoption attorney or court employee?
- A teacher?
- A physician with an adoption-focused practice?
- A person researching adoption?
- A media professional?
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