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Familial fitness : disability, adoption, and family in modern America

Author: Sandra M Sufian
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago, 2022. ©2022
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Disability and child welfare, together and apart, are major concerns in American society. Today, about 125,000 children in foster care are eligible and waiting for adoption, and many children wait more than two years to be adopted; children with disabilities wait even longer. Familial Fitness illustrates the historical dynamics of disability, adoption, and family. It explores disability and difference in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sandra M Sufian
ISBN: 9780226808536 022680853X 9780226808703 022680870X
OCLC Number: 1241245967
Description: xiv, 375 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Disability and belonging in adoption history --
Expecting normality: 1918-1955. Exclusionary practices in the age of eugenics and child welfare ; Risk equivalence and the postwar family --
Working toward inclusion: 1955-1980. Love, acceptance, and the narrative of overcoming ; From overcoming to programmatic solutions --
Continued obstacles: 1980-1997. Institutional and structural barriers to the adoption of children with disabilities ; The limits of inclusion --
Epilogue. A usable past: thinking about contemporary practice in light of history.
Other Titles: Disability, adoption, and family in modern America
Responsibility: Sandra M. Sufian.

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"Disability and child welfare, together and apart, are major concerns in American society. Today, about 125,000 children in foster care are eligible and waiting for adoption, and many children wait more than two years to be adopted; children with disabilities wait even longer. Familial Fitness illustrates the historical dynamics of disability, adoption, and family. It explores disability and difference in the twentieth-century American family, particularly how notions and practices of adoption have (and haven't) accommodated disability, and how the language of risk enters into that complicated relationship. It reveals how the field of adoption moved from widely excluding children with disabilities in the early twentieth century to partially including them at its close. During and after World War II, adoption professionals determined that disabled children's fitness rested on whether agencies and adopters regarded these children as desirable for placement (instead of on any intrinsic undesirability), and whether a growing number of programs and policies to facilitate placement were effective. The book traces this historical process, highlighting forces that overlap with and impact this history. The book ultimately reveals that concerns about, and actions related to, disability invariably shape experiences of familial belonging, fitness, and worth, and, as the author argues, also reflect deep feelings of reticence and love"--

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"With nuance and razor-sharp analysis, Sufian combines work in adoption studies and disability studies to offer a searching, critical, careful history lesson. Each chapter is rigorously researched Read more...

 
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