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Adoption

Adoption is the act of legally placing a child with a parent or parents other than those to whom they were born. An adoption order has the effect of severing parental responsibilities and rights of the original parent(s) and transferring those responsibilities and rights to the adoptive parent(s).

There are several kinds of adoption, which can be defined both by effect — such as whether the adoption is open or closed — and/or by location and the origin of the child, such as domestic or international adoption. Each of these has its own features and rules.

Adoption has been called the quintessential American institution, embodying faith in social engineering and mobility.[1] While it is true that the modern form of adoption emerged in the United States, Western civilization has a long history of the practice of adoption. The Code of Hammurabi, for example, details the rights of adopters and the responsibilities of adopted individuals at length while the practice of adoption in ancient Rome is well documented in the Codex Justinianus.[2][3]


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