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Title:
Black market adoption and the sale of children
Author:
Landau, Elaine.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, 1990.
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Examines the problems of illegal adoption and surrogate motherhood and the tragedies which often result from them. Offers solutions to the ethical and legal dilemmas caused by this form of commerce.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531109144
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Book

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Examines the problems of illegal adoption and surrogate motherhood and the tragedies which often result from them. Offers solutions to the ethical and legal dilemmas caused by this form of commerce.


Author Notes

Elaine Landau Elaine Landau has received her Bachelor's in English and Journalism and her Master's in Library and Information Sciences. She has written over 185 books, most of them non-fiction children's books on subjects such as earth science, planets, the supernatural, dinosaurs, ancient civilizations, ecology and contemporary issues.

Landau's books have won the American Association for the Advancement of Science: "Science Books and Film" Best Children's Science Booklist, as well as The New York Public Library Books for the Teenage, the New Jersey Institute of Technology Award and VOYA's Nonfiction Honor List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Landau establishes the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Lisa Steinberg, using the highly publicized case to exemplify how illegal adoption leaves innocent children vulnerable. While promoting agency adoption as the surest means for protecting children's rights, she is upfront about the difficulties couples face when they enter the agency bureaucracy. She sees little to praise about independent, fee-for-service arrangements (she also calls them gray-market adoptions), implying that money is a strong motive in determining child placement, and loopholes in the process can doom children to unsuitable homes. Landau then goes on to explain how fee-for-service adoption can become a fee-for-profit situation in which babies are virtually sold to the highest bidder, and she describes some of the problems inherent in foreign adoptions and surrogate parenting. Certainly a bleak picture of adoption, but one that does raise some important concerns. Notes, further readings, and an index are appended. Gr. 7-10. --Stephanie Zvirin


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-- Stringent criteria of traditional adoption agencies, coupled with long waiting periods, nurture both the independent or gray market adoption agencies as well as the black market channel. Landau clearly delineates the victimization of all parties: the unwed mother convinced that adoptive parents can give her child untold advantages, the prospective parents from whom large sums of money are exacted, and the children who are placed without regard for their welfare. Judicious use of relevant case histories along with black-and-white photographs illustrate each of these scenarios in the U. S. and in foreign countries. Exploration of the emotional and legal ramifications of surrogate motherhood completes this study of shoddy entrepreneurs who seek to succeed at the expense of others. Footnotes and the accompanying bibliography make this title a useful resource for reports. It should also be required reading for pregnant teenagers who must decide the fate of their unborn children. --Nancy E. Curran, formerly at Charleston Junior High School , IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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