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Is Pre Adoption Psychological Screening Good Or Bad

By Saul Goodman

A pre-adoption psychological evaluation is a procedure whereby prospective parents and adoptees are professionally screened to help ensure a great fit. Adoption has been in decline in recent years, a development which sociologists attribute to the invention of the birth control pill in addition to the widespread acceptance of illegitimacy and alternative family arrangements.

The pre-adoption psychological screening may actually help decrease the rate of adoptions, though likely only really modestly, insofar as it is designed to advise against unsuitable pairings, unlike the case in previous generations when adoptions were fairly simple and quick, especially as the focus back then was not on the adoptee but the adopter.

The pre-adoption psychological evaluation is only now possible thanks to a shift in thinking. Whereas the cultural institution and practice of adoption has for millennia been focused on the adopter’s needs, around a hundred years ago the thinking started to shift towards a consideration of the adoptee’s needs. Thus the clamor for a pre-adoption psychological evaluation these days – which, as previously mentioned, is still far from the norm, however.

Adoptions were once regarded as little more than a form of indentured servitude or, at best, apprenticeship. It was a way to secure adequate labor on farms or, even, continue the family line in a patriarchal society where no male heir was produced. As adoption is now considered to something that ought to benefit the child first and foremost, pre-adoption psychological evaluations are conducted towards that end.

Many factors are considered in these screenings, the precise mix and employment of which might well vary. Some of the most controversial variables have revolved around issues of race and sexual orientation. As can be imagined, politics often intrude into what are supposed to be purely scientific and objective considerations, making the task of proper placement a lot more challenging.

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Goodman, Saul "Is Pre Adoption Psychological Screening Good Or Bad." Is Pre Adoption Psychological Screening Good Or Bad. 25 Jun. 2010. 29 Dec 2014 <>.

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