Introduction. Part One: Adoption, Society and the Law: the Common Law Context. 1. Adoption: Concept, Principles and Social Construct. 2. The Changing Face of Adoption in the United Kingdom. Part Two: Developing International Benchmarks for Modern Adoption Law. 3. The Legal Functions of Adoption. 4. Adoption, the Conventions and the Impact of the European Court of Human Rights. 5. Intercountry Adoption and the Hague Convention. Part Three: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a Common Law Context. 6. The Adoption Process in England & Wales. 7. The Adoption Process in Ireland. 8. The Adoption Process in the US. 9. The Adoption Process in Australia. Part Four: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a European Civil Law Context. 10. The Adoption Process in Sweden. 11. The Adoption Process in France. Part Five: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in Asia. Chap 12. The Adoption Process in Islam. 13. The Adoption Process in Japan. Part Six: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in an Indigenous Peoples Context. 14. Intraculture Adoption. Conclusions.
This book analyses the social and legal functions of adoption in selected societies worldwide, and reviews the current global wave of adoption law reform. The author explores trends such as inter-country adoption, and examines similarities and differences in the experience of many nations. The book also provides a window for testing the presumption that within and between cultures there exists a common understanding of what is meant by adoption.
Provides a comparative analysis of adoption law, policy and practice across selected modern western nations
Traces the evolution of adoption law, policy and practice across many centuries and societies
Provides a comparative evaluation of adoption processes in England and Wales and other countries, including Australia, Ireland and the US, that share the common law tradition
Examines and evaluates the modern phenomenon of intercountry adoption
Contrasts the highly regulated legal process of modern western society with the traditional practice of indigenous communities such as the Maori
Examines the impact of recent international Conventions and related judicial decisions on national adoption law