Adoption: Past and Present
- Lecture/Discussion: 3
An interdisciplinary course which analyzes the origins and evolution of adoption as a government policy, a familial experience, and a cultural symbol. At the centre of the course will be considerations of children and youth's lives in institutional care, foster care, and domestic and international adoption. The course will pay close attention to the role poverty plays in child welfare and how understandings of race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship affect adoption practices and perceptions.