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To accept, appropriate, choose, or select, as to adopt a child. To consent to and put into effect, as to adopt a constitution or a law.

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v. 1) to take on the relationship of parent to child of another person, particularly (but not necessarily) a minor, by official legal action. 2) to accept or make use of, such as to adopt another defendant's argument in a lawsuit. (See: adoption)

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The small percentage who were adopted and sent abroad, including the ones who shared their stories in the "Side by Side" project, have never mingled with other Korean adoptees by attending gatherings and such.
And since the primary consideration is the best interest of the child, the adopter should be in a position to support the adoptees. In this case, Alma is 57 years, employed in Guam on a part time basis as a waitress.
One forced adoptee who met with the pope, Clodagh Malone, said Francis was "shocked" at what the group told him and "he listened to each and every one of us with respect and compassion."
I bet I get one to three calls per week by adoptees wanting to know how to get that information."
She writes, "Abandoned and then re-en-familied, re-kinned, an adoptee is many things, including, I would posit, both a form of ongoing transit and a re-territory, a re-form.
Now, there are approximately 30 states that allow adoptees access to information they do not identify.
What if she or he were an adoptee raised in a family that kept her or his adoption secret and he or she found out about their adoption in an absurd manner?
The adoptees from all around the country came, at their own expense, to meet one another, browse photos catalogued by co-founder Bertha Holt and visit the organization that orchestrated their adoptions.
Drawing on the life stories of about 60 adult Korean adoptees born between 1949 and 1983 and living in Minnesota, the Pacific Northwest, and Seoul, the author, a Korean American adoptee and American multicultural studies scholar, examines the effects of race and colorblindness on them.
The adopted population in the United States is no longer documented once they become an adult, and colleges make no effort to ask for this information when adoptees enroll at the university, making college-aged adoptees an important population of study.