11 Minn. L. Rev. 605 (1926-1927)
Jurisdictional and Social Aspects of Adoption

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JURISDICTIONAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS OF
ADOPTION
By JOSEPHa W. NEWBOLD*
T     HE adoption of children, having to do, as it does, with
the question of the general interest in the individual life.
is not receiving, apparently, the legislative and judicial attention
which such a subject deserves. The clamor of classes for recog-
nition of particular interests,--shipping interests, manufacturing
interests, labor interests, is made by strong coperating organiza-
tions maintained to force a continual recognition of their de-
mands from the legislatures and courts. In this day of high
pressure legislation and tremendous volume of litigation, it is
natural that those demands which are most powerfully expressed
are given first attention. There is no question but that the
greater number of these demands are legitimate, and this fact,
in itself, furnishes added weight to the claims of the various
interests. Workable rules affecting the transportation of articles
of commerce,. the manufacture of goods, the number of hours
that an employee works, are engendered first in the minds of
those most closely connected with transportation, manufacture
and labor. These are the ones who appreciate the changes in
conditions which make impossible the application of a rule of
long standing. The first intimation of such a change seldom
impresses the legislature or the court, but the insistence with
which the claims are asserted gradually wears away the conserva-
tive considerations opposing the change, and the demands are given
judicial and legislative attention. The general interest in the
individual life does not produce a demand of sufficient definite-
ness and power to compete with the other more forcefully exerted
claims. Adoption of children is a definite conception but does
not have the sponsorship, and consequently, the consideration
which a subject of such importance requires. As a result of this
failure of legislative and judicial consideration, the adoption laws
in the United States are (1) improperly interpreted. (2) in-
adequate.
Adoption laws are usually misinterpreted in two main aspects:
(1) A failure on the part of judges to recognize the importance
*Of the Mt. Pleasant. Iowa, Bar.

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