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Adoption wars: inequality, child welfare and (social) justice

Kirton, Derek (2019) Adoption wars: inequality, child welfare and (social) justice. Families, Relationships and Societies, . ISSN 2046-7435. E-ISSN 2046-7443. (doi:10.1332/204674319X15492792975248) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article analyses the conflicts over adoption in England, focusing primarily on the reform programme during the years of coalition and subsequent Conservative governments, but recognising important historical antecedents and wider contexts. Various facets of adoption policy are considered, including processes through which children become available for adoption, alternative avenues for ‘permanence’, legal contestation, ‘openness’, approval of adoptive parents and the organisation of the adoption system. These, in turn, are examined in the contexts of inequalities and (social) justice, and future prospects are considered. It is argued that while ‘adoption wars’ have their own distinct features, they demonstrate significant alignment with the wider ‘culture wars’ between conservative/orthodox and liberal/progressive values.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1332/204674319X15492792975248
Uncontrolled keywords: adoption; child welfare; inequality; social justice
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Derek Kirton
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72141 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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