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Plenary Legal Adoption and its Implications for the Adopted Child


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Ouellette, Françoise-Romaine (2003). Plenary Legal Adoption and its Implications for the Adopted Child Working Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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By permanently severing all links between the child and its family of origin, plenary adoption gives those who adopt exclusive parental status. The present paper questions the implications of this legislative approach, which, it points out, imposes a radical change of identity on the child. Taking the province of Quebec (Canada) as an example, I note the main stages in the evolution of adoptees' legal status. I then describe the legislative and administrative framework of adoption in Quebec. I follow this up with a discussion of the main social practices currently associated with plenary adoption: stepparent adoption, adoption of a child placed in foster care, inter-country adoption. Finally, I briefly explain the paradox in identity formation generated by plenary adoption, and the strategies that adoptive parents employ when confronted with the question of their child's origins.

Type de document: Monographie (Working Paper)
Mots-clés libres: adoption; adoption internationale; parenté; identité; droits des enfants; inter-country adoption; kinship; identity; children’s rights
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 20:46
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 20:46
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9400

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