History: The Changing Face of Adoption

Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 29)


This chapter presents a historical discussion of adoption in the United States. We begin with the precursors to U.S. adoption laws, and then cover the Colonial Era, the Progressive Era, and the Heyday of Adoptions; we end with a presentation of current adoption practices. Many adoption traditions, primarily functioning to care for orphans, are grounded in historical events such as wars and disasters, and ethnic and religious cultures.


Child Welfare Foster Care Adoptive Parent Hague Convention Adoptive Family 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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