Ethics and Best Practices

Safeguarding Interstate Adoptions: The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

This brief outlines issues related to reforming the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC), the primary safeguard regulating the adoption of boys and girls from one state to another, and which affects a large number of foster children, who are placed with relatives or other families outside their own states. For these children, accomplishing permanency is a more complicated process, requiring the cooperation of child welfare agencies and judicial systems in two jurisdictions.

Author: Susan Smith

Published: April 2005

Adoption and Ethics, Volumes 1- 4

Published with the Child Welfare Leagues of America, these volumes provide syntheses of research, literature, and law around transracial/transcultural adoption, market forces in adoption, adoption's impact on those touched by it, and adoption's lessons for assisted reproduction.

Author: Madelyn Freundlich

Published: December 2000

Adoption and Ethics, Volume 4: Adoption and Assisted Reproduction

The growing use of assisted reproduction, including sperm donation, gamete donation, and surrogate motherhood, has raised a number of ethical issues in common with adoption, including parties' legal and social roles, anonymity, and concerns related to the growing role of money and power of market forces.

Author: Madelyn Freundlich

Published: December 2000

Adoption and Ethics, Volume 3: The Impact of Adoption on Members of the Triad

This volume, published with the Child Welfare League of America, considers how adoption practice and policy impact those who are the "clients" of adoption services – adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. It explores the psychological, social, and cultural aspects of adoption for all members of the triad, and assesses the extent to which current policy and practice meet the needs of those whom adoption is designed to serve.

Author: Madelyn Freundlich

Published: December 2000

Adoption and Ethics, Volume 2: The Market Forces in Adoption

Published with the Child Welfare League of America, this volume examines the role of money, power and accountability in three arenas: the adoption of infants in the United States, the adoption of children in foster care, and international adoption.

Author: Madelyn Freundlich

Published: December 2000

Adoption and Ethics, Volume 1: The Role of Race, Culture, and National Origin in Adoption

Published with the Child Welfare Leagues of America, this volume provides a synthesis of research, literature, and legislation around transracial adoptions, adoptions of American Indian children and international adoptions.

Author: Madelyn Freundlich

Published: December 2000