Adoption of children in the United States and England and Wales

Authored by: Sanford N. Katz , John Eekelaar

Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415640404
eBook ISBN: 9780203796221
Adobe ISBN: 9781134447534


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United Nations data show that at the beginning of this century the rate of domestic adoptions (the irrevocable transfer of parental status between individuals) in the United States was one of the highest in the world, three times that in UK, whose rate itself was about twice that of Germany and four times that of Italy. 1 In many European countries almost all adoptions are intercountry adoptions 2 (on which, see Chapter 7.1 of this book). Excluding intercountry adoption, adoption is relatively unusual in most countries compared to the United States and the UK, although it is growing in some. 3

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