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FAMILY BONDS PA Paperback – July 12, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (July 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395700647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395700648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,798,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

After suffering 10 frustrating years of infertility treatments and various obstacles to adoption, Harvard law professor Bartholet, a divorced mother of a grown son, finally succeeded in adopting two Peruvian infant boys now four and seven--children "clearly meant for me." In this engrossing account addressed both to women undergoing often futile, costly infertility treatments and to those fighting to adopt children, she eloquently advocates making international adoptions more available by reforming legal systems, as well as by screening and racial matching policies. The author further favors access to sealed birth records. Although she affirms that adoption is an honorable, "positive alternative to biologic parenting," she also notes that "parenting should not imply that the parent owns the child's affections or has a right to exclude alternative relationships."
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Bartholet, a single mother and Harvard Law School professor, journeyed to Peru in 1985 to adopt a child. In this account, she argues that the whole adoption business is antichild, antifamily, and antiparent. Nurturing should be central to parenting, not biological destiny, she claims, and adoption records should be open, not sealed. She persuasively argues that discrimination by age of parents, sexual preference, race, disabilities, and country of origin should be outlawed. Bartholet also maintains that society must reject the lie that adoptive families are second-best to biologically based families. The author backs her assertions with studies showing that adoption, even across racial lines, generally works well. Her book is thought-provoking, controversial, and sure to be discussed. Extensive footnotes are included. Highly recommended.
- Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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