All state adoption laws should be mandated at the federal level
This thesis will explore the legal process of adoption. Research will show that not only is this process complicated it can also be very cruel. Despite poor attempts to uniform the states' laws with Acts such as the Uniform Adoption Act of 1994. This system is extremely confusing, state, federal, and international adoptions laws. The states are in no way uniform nor have they ever been in their deliverance of adoption laws.
There are so many different types of children, different types of adoptions, all kinds of people who are looking to adopt. There is no lucid answer to fundamental questions as to who may place a child for adoption, whose consent is required, who is required to pay for what, when is the consent final, when is there no turning back on a decision or when records are sealed forever. The Uniform Adoption Act made a poor attempt to try to resolve these problems but in actuality all it did was make it even more abstract and more difficult to uniform these laws. The states need to come together and mandate all adoptions laws on the federal level and take the power away from the states.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic;Adoption -- Law and legislation
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Vinci, Karen K., "All state adoption laws should be mandated at the federal level" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 343.