Adoption: An Analysis of the Thirty-Five Adoptive Placements Which Failed to Terminate in Legal Adoption During the Supervisory Period at the New York Foundling Hospital January 1, 1955 to December 31, 1960
Adoption today has become a subject of a great deal of public interest. There have been countless magazine and newspaper articles recently in addition to television plays and documentaries on the matter of adoption which are providing our citizenry with increased awareness of the adoption purpose, progress, practice procedures, and problems. Though the subject seems recent, it is actually as old as recorded history itself. General Historical Background of Adoption. The practice of adoption existed as an ancient custom in India and Japan and was well known to the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans. The earliest recorded adoption is the Story of the birth of Sargon I, who founded Babylon in the 28th century B.C. In 2250 B.C. the Code of Hammurabi promulgated a legal basis for the practice of adoption. Even among the Hindus, adoption is recorded in the most ancient legal codes and is discussed in the Sanskrit commentaries. It was recorded for the first time by the Japanese in the 13th century.
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Wilson, Lillian Gertrude, "Adoption: An Analysis of the Thirty-Five Adoptive Placements Which Failed to Terminate in Legal Adoption During the Supervisory Period at the New York Foundling Hospital January 1, 1955 to December 31, 1960" (1961). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724961.