Monday, November 20, 2006
A major new report on adoption was released this last week. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute issued a report devoted to birth mothers, whom it described as ''the least understood and most stigmatized participants'' in the adoption process. The report focuses on U.S. mothers who voluntarily place infants for adoption -- an estimated 13,000 to 14,000 such adoptions occur annually. Most of this country's roughly 135,000 adoptions each year are from foster care; the next biggest category is overseas adoptions. The report urges that mothers deciding to place their infants for adoption deserve better counseling, more time to change their minds, and more support in trying to keep track of the children they relinquish.
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