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Lisa Tucker on Post-Adoption Contact

Season 1, Ep. 528

In this episode, Lisa A. Tucker, Associate Professor at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, discusses her article "From Contract Rights to Contact Rights: Rethinking the Paradigm for Post-Adoption Contact Agreements," which will be published in the Boston University Law Review. Tucker begins by briefly describing the history of adoption in the United States, and how it has changed in the last 50 years. She observes that most adoptions are currently "open," and often include post-adoption contact agreements. However, those agreements are generally not enforceable by birth parents. Tucker argues that we should shift to a system of rights, rather than agreements, for the best interests of the child. Tucker's scholarship is available on SSRN.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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