Changes in adoption over the decades

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Guests: Pam Hasegawa, Peter Conn and Meredith Rose

The process and field of adoption has changed dramatically over the decades. Many adopted children in New Jersey can now find out who their birth parents are and whether there are any red flags in their biological family’s medical history, thanks to a new law that allows adopted adults to receive their original birth certificate and other information. Biological parents were also given the ability to block that access. We’ll be joined by PAM HASEGAWA, who supports the law and is the spokesperson for the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education. And we’ll talk about how adoptions have changed over the decades, with PETER CONN, author of the book, “Adoption: A Brief Social and Cultural History,” and MEREDITH ROSE, the Director of the Philadelphia-based Open Arms Adoption Network.

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