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Title: Child adoption : the ideas behind modern legislation
Authors: Gatt, Lawrence
Keywords: Adoption -- History -- 20th century
Adoption -- Law and legislation
Adoption -- Social aspects
Adoption agencies
Issue Date: 1979
Publisher: De La SaIle Brothers Publications
Citation: Gatt, L. (1979). Child adoption : the ideas behind modern legislation. In: B. Hilary (ed.), The Malta Year Book 1979. Malta: De La SaIle Brothers Publications, pp. 425-431.
Abstract: Adoption is an institution as old as civilization itself. It has had its ups and downs in legislation but no legal system has ignored it always and completely. Whether the motivation was childlessness, the wish for an heir, pity, or any other human situation or feeling, it seems that adoption has always found its way into the various social set-ups. The study of adoption is, therefore, bound to give an interesting insight into human psychology and behaviour, the more so since adoption touches on such fundamental human relations as parenthood and sonship. It tries to provide for them a substitute, more or less genuine. The results of man's attempts at such a substitution throughout the ages range from caricature to what has been described a success. [excerpt]
Appears in Collections:Malta Yearbook : 1979

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