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'That was then....but this is now' the divergent histories and development of intercountry adoption and domestic child adoption

Cuthbert, Denise and Spark, Ceridwen and Murphy, Kate Tamarind (2010) 'That was then....but this is now' the divergent histories and development of intercountry adoption and domestic child adoption. Journal of Historical Sociology, 23 (3). pp. 427-452. ISSN 0952-1909

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Abstract

This paper brings historical perspectives to bear on the ambivalent and contradictory position of adoption in Australian public policy. It examines the divergent histories of Australian domestic and intercountry adoption (ICA) since the mid-1970s and the impact of these histories on adoption policy in Australia. It identifies tendencies in contemporary ICA to repeat elements of pre-reform era domestic adoption. In particular, it is argued that the resistance of ICA to the move to openness in local adoption has been an unacknowledged driver of ICA for many Australian families. We offer corrective readings of the rise of ICA in relation to domestic adoption and conclude by offering alternatives for adoption policy which better align the two kinds of adoption, focusing on the needs of children, as distinct from the desires of adults.

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Online ISSN: 1467-6443

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21271. domestic adoption, intercountry adoption, Australian public policy, adoption policy, Australia
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 04:18
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011 04:18
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7089
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6443.2010.01376.x
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