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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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The Social Temporalities of Adoption and the Limits of Plenary Adoption

The Social Temporalities of Adoption and the Limits of Plenary Adoption

(p.69) Chapter 3 The Social Temporalities of Adoption and the Limits of Plenary Adoption
International Adoption

Françoise-Romaine Ouellette

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes three temporal modes in the process of adoption: the length of the process of seeking and placing a child, the child's own development, and the cycle of genealogical transmission. The temporal dimension of the child's development refocuses the main rationale for adoption and forces us to concentrate on issues of protection, health, and welfare. Exploring recent policy developments in Québec, Canada, the chapter shows how new practices and attitudes regarding the closed or open nature of adoption and the right of adoptees to know their origins have called plenary adoption into question. As anthropologists have shown, most societies augment rather than suppress recognition of the child's birth family ties when he or she grows up in another family.

Keywords:   adoption process, child's development, plenary adoption, Québec, birth family

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