Families in Society
Recent studies on the birth father have largely concentrated on his commitment to the birth mother and the child, but little is known about how members of the adoption triad view him and his role as parent. The author presents the findings of a three-year study that examined the attitudes of the members of the adoption triangle toward the birth father's right of access to identifying information on adoptees. The data show that the respondents were amenable to granting access rights to the birth mother but rejected similar rights for the birth father. Adoptees were largely amnesic about the birth father's existence and were indifferent but sympathetic and understanding toward the birth mother. Practice implications are discussed. (Author abstract)
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