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The history of adoption and adoption law in the US and around the world is explored in articles, stories, and timelines.

We Three Kings: A History of Adoption

Is adoption as old as the hills? You bet! This article traces the evolution of our current US law and practices from the beginning of written law.... [more]

A Brief History of Sealed Records
An annotated history of the development of sealed records statutes.

A History of Adoption
Development of modern-day adoption from the beginning of the 20th century.

Adoption History and Reform in New Zealand
A timeline of the past, present, and future of adoption and adoption law in New Zealand, from Keith Griffeth's book.

Purely American: Laws, Lies and Love
Capitol College President, Dr. G. William Troxler, writes an intriguing brief essay on adoption in America, claiming current laws stem from our old Puritan roots. In the essay, he also examines the language of adoption.

The Birth of Special Needs Adoption
This article from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) traces the growth of special needs adoption back to a midwest couple with an idea, and takes a look at "lessons from experience."

The Genesis of Adoption: Conspiracy of Secrets
Written by a searching adopted adult, this article traces adoption law and practice with a focus on adoption documents - how and why they were sealed - and the prevailing opinions, mores, and myths.

The History of Adoption
This article traces the history of modern-day adoption legislation from the 1850's to the present, by Rita Meiser, Esq., Marcie Velen.

The Magdalenes
A dark moment in the history of Irish adoption.
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