Search and Reunion in Adoption: The Aftermath of the Film Philomena and an Opportunity to Shape Change

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Title: Search and Reunion in Adoption: The Aftermath of the Film Philomena and an Opportunity to Shape Change
Authors: O'Brien, Valerie
Mitra, Sahana
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Date: Feb-2015
Online since: 2019-04-16T08:55:57Z
Abstract: Popular culture has been central to shaping and reflecting debates and discourses in relation to adoption. The film "Philomena", based on the true story of Philomena Lee and her son Anthony, has continued this tradition and has brought a new perspective on previously "untold" stories. It has had the effect of bringing attention to the pain and challenge of search by both adoptees and birth families. It showed how efforts to open adoption records have been thwarted and has brought increased attention to the impetus and efforts involved in bridging lost connections. General changes in adoption were achieved through the enactment of the Adoption Act 2010 in Ireland, but the omission of search and reunion from this legislation has had major implications for people touched by adoption.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Association of Social Workers
Journal: Irish Social Worker
Volume: Spring
Start page: 5
End page: 11
Keywords: AdoptionSearch and reunionAdoption lawIreland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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