Document Type

Book Review

Publication Year

2019

Journal Title

Adoption & Culture

ISSN

2574-2523

DOI

10.26818/adoptionculture.7.1.0151

Abstract

Book Review Extract:

Wayne Carp is rightly celebrated as the official historian of American adoption reform. He continues his important work, begun with Family Matters: Secrecy and Disclosure in the History of Adoption in 1998 and continued with Adoption Politics: Bastard Nation and Ballot Initiative 58 in 2004, with a look at the life and times of Jean Paton, a reformer of the 1950s. Carp credits her with a litany of “firsts”: the first to recognize and study adult adoptees; the first to critique the “chosen child” concept; the first to create an organization devoted to adult adoptees; the first to create a mutual adoption registry to connect adoptees and birth parents; the first among adoption reform advocates to defend birthmothers against societal stigma. In his account it is easy to see why Paton was referred to by some as “the mother of the adoption reform movement” (2). And although Jean Paton takes top billing in the book’s title, it is less a biography of her than it is a biography of a social movement.

First Page

151

Last Page

154

Num Pages

4

Volume Number

7

Issue Number

1

Publisher

The Ohio State University Press

Notes

This article was posted to our institutional repository with permission from the publisher. To access the publisher's version of record, please visit https://doi.org/10.26818/adoptionculture.7.1.0151

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PDF

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