ERIC Number: ED303753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-8
Single Parent Adoptions: An Issue of Difficulty and Import for Adoption Agencies.
Little theoretical and empirical knowledge is available in the social work field to guide practitioners in the area of single parent adoption. In the context of demographics, the single parent family is now conventional. However there is not yet conclusive research on the success or failure of single parent households. Research has suggested that many special needs children are being placed with families that are or will be stressed by potentially destructive economic conditions. Arguments for single parenting include that single parenting may be the placement of choice for children due to past history; no research has shown that single parenting is in itself pathological; and an appropriate single parent is better than no home at all. Arguments against single parenting include the views that two parent families can provide role models for both sexes or that the two parent family is the "normal" family structure; and birth mothers prefer two parent families. Current research into the infant-father relationship could greatly enlighten the discussion of single parenting. While still inconclusive, the available research suggests that single persons are a resource for children but that sufficient questions still exist to prevent an unqualified endorsement of single parent adoption. The need for enlightenment is pressing, for children, would-be parents, and adoption professionals, who are not served when knowledge is replaced by myth and misconception. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Adoption, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (Orlando, FL, August 8, 1987).