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Ethical Issues in Adoption

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Ethical Issues in Adoption

The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently updated the “Ethical Issues” section of their website. Adoption is a social, emotional, and legal process through which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become full, permanent, and legal members of another family. As such, adoption involves the rights of the birth parents, the child, and the adoptive parents. Adoption is also a lifelong process. Ethical issues change over time as children who were adopted become adults and knowing their genetic and historical identity may come into play. It is imperative that professionals working in adoption act ethically to ensure the rights of all the involved parties at all points in the process. Resources listed include ethics related to placement, post-adoption, and various types of adoption. To find resources to help guide ethical practices visit: http://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/adopt_ethics/