Real mothers for abandoned children

  title={Real mothers for abandoned children},
  author={K. O'donovan},
  journal={Law \& Society Review},
Drawing on the laws and practices of three countries-England, France, and Germany-this article examines the constructions of narratives of abandoned children. Although the three countries share the values of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, having ratified it, their laws and practices with regard to the child's identity rights have little in common. Explaining the different approaches to abandonment, the article argues that these are justified by stories about the birth… Expand
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  • J. Marshall
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Law in Context
  • 2008
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