A Study of the Children Placed for Adoption With Parents With an Own Child

Anne Elizabeth Hayes, Fordham University


The dictionary shows the word ”adopt" to be a verb and the word verb to be something denoting action. In further describing the meaning of adopt the expressions "to choose", "to take to oneself", to make one’s own by selection", "to take as one’s own child by a formal legal act" are used. History shows that the Greeks and Romans had well defined policies reflected in specific laws governing adoption. Roman law was well defined and clearly stated by jurists, and, in this as in other subjects, it had an important influence on the law of most European countries except England. Eleanor G, Gallagher in her book, "The Adopted Child" briefly traces the custom as instituted by primitive people and speaks of it today as a part of the culture of almost every civilized nation. It seems clear that adoption is an act deeply involving both the intellect and the spirit. Such involvement is worthy of diligent thought and all facets should be turned to the light of scientific research.

Subject Area

Law|Individual & family studies|Social work

Recommended Citation

Hayes, Anne Elizabeth, "A Study of the Children Placed for Adoption With Parents With an Own Child" (1951). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30509567.