Adoptive Parents, Adaptive Parents: Evaluating the Importance of Biological Ties for Parental Investment

  title={Adoptive Parents, Adaptive Parents: Evaluating the Importance of Biological Ties for Parental Investment},
  author={Laura T. Hamilton and Simon Cheng and Brian Powell},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={116 - 95}
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