Adopted Children, Fourteen Years Later: A Follow-up Study of Forty-Six Children Placed Adoptively in 1948 by the New York Foundling- Hospital, New York City, With Emphasis on the Areas of Adoptive Interpretation and Self-identity
Adoption is perhaps the most complex and difficult of all the services that the social worker and agency are called upon to render. At the same time, it can be the most rewarding. The goal of adoption is to provide a parentless child with a permanent, happy home. In order to attain this goal, the adoption agency must be concerned with three clients: the child, the natural parents who are relinquishing their child and the childless couple who wish to adopt. There is a depth of feeling involved on the part of these participants, particularly because of the finality inherent in such a placement, whereby blood ties are broken and a new family is created whose ties are as absolute as were the former. However, despite the difficulties and responsibilities inherent in adoption, social workers and agencies are convinced of its professional justification. Because of this conviction, this research was undertaken, that by examining our practice, we may seek to improve it.
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O'Toole, Margaret Stanislaus, "Adopted Children, Fourteen Years Later: A Follow-up Study of Forty-Six Children Placed Adoptively in 1948 by the New York Foundling- Hospital, New York City, With Emphasis on the Areas of Adoptive Interpretation and Self-identity" (1963). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670803.