This book, which updates and expands the third edition published by Springer in 2015, explains, compares and evaluates the social and legal functions of adoption within a range of selected jurisdictions and on an international basis. From the standpoint of the development of adoption in England & Wales, and the changes currently taking place there, it considers the process as it has evolved in other countries. It also identifies themes of commonality and difference in the experience of adoption in a common law context, comparing and contrasting this with the experience under civil law and in Islamic countries and with that of indigenous people. This book includes new chapters examining adoption in Russia, Korea and Romania. Further, it uses the international conventions and the associated ECtHR case law to benchmark developments in national law, policy and practice and to facilitate a cross-cultural comparative analysis.
Kerry O'Halloran is Qualified Social Worker and Lawyer and has worked for a number of years as Assistant Director (Research) at a UK university. Until very recently he was Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT, in Brisbane. Author of 30 books, he has served on a UK Adoption Panel for 11 years and has made a quarterly contribution to the Adoption and Fostering journal for the past 19 years.
Part 1: Adoption, Society and the Law: the Common Law Context.- Chapter 1. Adoption: Concept, Principles and Social Construct.- Chapter 2. The Changing Face of Adoption.- Part 2: Developing International Benchmarks for Modern Adoption Law.- Chapter 3. The Legal Functions of Adoption.- Chapter 4. Adoption and the European Court of Human Rights.- Chapter 5. Intercountry Adoption and the Hague Convention.- Part 3: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a Common Law Context.- Chapter 6. The Adoption Process in England & Wales.- Chapter 7. The Adoption Process in Ireland.- Chapter 8. The Adoption Process in the US.- Chapter 9. The Adoption Process in Canada.- Chapter 10.- The Adoption Process in Australia.- Chapter 11. The Adoption Process in New Zealand.- Part 4: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in a European Civil Law Context.- Chapter 12. The Adoption Process in Sweden.- Chapter 13. The Adoption Process in France.- Chapter 14. The Adoption Process in Germany.- Chapter 15. The Adoption Process in Romania.- Part 5: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in Asia.- Chapter 16. The Adoption Process in an Islamic Context.- Chapter 17. The Adoption Process in Korea.- Chapter 18. The Adoption Process in Japan.- Chapter 19. The Adoption Process in China.- Chapter 20. The Adoption Process in Russia.- Part 6: Contemporary Law, Policy and Practice in an Indigenous Peoples Context.- Chapter 21. Intraculture Adoption.- Part 7: The Influence of Politics.- Chapter 22. Politics and a Regulatory Regime for Adoption .- Chapter 23. Politics and a Contemporary Social Role for Adoption.- Conclusions.