Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London
Attitudes and practice in adoption are changing and
increasing public attention has given rise to very polarised opinions. Voices
have been raised in opposition to adoption on the grounds that more effort
should be put into family preservation rather than separating children from
their origins. Many professionals and academics regard adoption practice as
outmoded and in need of radical overhaul.
This paper presents arguments for and against adoption then
examines eight key questions concerning contemporary adoption with reference to
the available research evidence. The paper argues that changes being championed
as advances in welfare practice need to be systematically investigated to
prevent premature conclusions being drawn about the best options.