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To Search for Self

To Search for Self

The experience of access to adoption information

Edited by Phillip Swain and Shurlee Swain


An insightful and clearly written work on adoption. Contributors are from varied backgrounds - birth parents, adoptees, adoptive parents and social workers. They look at the key issues for today's adoption practice:

  • What access to information should there be?
  • What contact?
  • Why was the process so secret?
  • What effect has openness had?
  • What are the lessons for IVF families?
IVF raises the same issues of "where did I come from" and "what happened to my child" as adoption - and IVF programmes are run on the basis of no contact between IVF child and natural parent. Accordingly adoption "experts" anticipate the same problems with IVF children as with adoption and the last two chapters of the book deal with IVF.


Adoption: Was it ever thus?
Shurlee Swain

The growth and role of self help groups
Deborah Lee

Adoption information services-myths and realities
Phillip Swain

Testing adoption assumptions through legislation
Gerard McPhee

To know one’s child: The relinquishing mother’s dilemma
Marie Meggitt
Relinquishing counselling of birth fathers
Rosemary Nicholls and Mina Levy

Support for adoptive parents
Josephine Hale

The mediation process: A delicate balance of complex human needs and emotions
Farley O’Dea, Suzanne Midford and Mercurio Cicchini

Reproductive Technology: What can we learn from the adoption experience?
Pauline Ley

The social construction of adoption and surrogacy: A comparison

Heather Dietrich

Current access provisions in Australia
Phillip Swain

Published April 1992
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862870871
Australian RRP $29.95
International Price $27.50
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Law - Family
Family Studies
Human Rights & Civil Liberties

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