This is a unique compilation of cross-cultural and international attitudes towards adoption research and outcomes.* Whilst informal adoption of children has probably always existed across all human societies, this work is timely in that interest in the role of legal adoption as both a child welfare solution and as a means of alternative family formation for adults wanting to become parents has never been higher.* This book is an edited collection of 13 papers based on invited keynote presentations or paper symposia presentations given at the Second International Conference on Adoption Research (ICAR2) 2006. * It gives a unique Cross-cultural look at adoption from worldwide, multidisciplinary community of distinguished and emerging adoption researchers.* International appeal, with different countries laws, attitudes and outcomes fully explored
Gretchen Miller Wrobel is a Professor of Psychology at Bethel University, USA, and Investigator on the Minnesota-Texas Adoption Research Project focusing on the impact of openness in adoptive relationships. Her main interests are family communication about adoption and adoption-related curiosity. Elsbeth Neil is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social Work and Psychology at the University of East Anglia , UK . She has experience as a childcare social worker in the UK . Her main research interests are in contact after adoption and post adoption support services, particularly in relation to children adopted from public care.