Adoption Fever

The battle between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow spotlights the triumphs and traumas of large adoptive families

Late last year Woody Allen made history. The epochal event was not his affair with Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, an adopted daughter of Allen's companion Mia Farrow. That sort of escapade is common enough in the long, tawdry life of this planet. But on Dec. 17, 1991, in the Surrogate Court of the State of New York in Manhattan, Allen became a separate but equal adoptive parent of Moses and Dylan Farrow, whom Mia had previously adopted. Each adult was given parental rights. Never before in New York, and perhaps in the U.S., had an unmarried couple been allowed to adopt a...

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