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The Psychology of Family Law$
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Eve Brank

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479865413

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479865413.001.0001

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Becoming a Parent and “Making” a Family

Becoming a Parent and “Making” a Family

(p.58) 4 Becoming a Parent and “Making” a Family
The Psychology of Family Law

Eve M. Brank

NYU Press

How we define who are the members of our family is evolving. With the medical advancements of assisted reproductive technology there are now more avenues for someone to become a parent. In contrast, adoption has deep roots in history, but there are new issues. For example, we know more about the stigma of adoption and racial, or cultural, issues related to adoption. Case law on wrongful adoption also raises important issues about the mental and physical health of a child. We also have more ways to avoid or control reproduction with contraception and greater access to abortions. With each of these constants, or advancements, there are important psychological and legal antecedents and consequences to consider.

Keywords:   Assisted reproductive technology, Parent, Adoption, Wrongful adoption, Wrongful birth, Abortion, Contraception

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