Creating Systems That Protect Children: Elements of Success. (Chapter 27 in The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines).
Harris, Rebecca. DiFilipo, Tom.
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This chapter outlines the necessary support elements that enable the creation of a strong and sustainable child welfare system, such as appropriate funding, proficient staff, well-defined laws, proper monitoring, and transparent processes. Ways in which welfare systems can protect the best interest of the child and families are also discussed, and the broken welfare systems of Columbia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, and the United States are scrutinized to illustrate how a fragmented system that focuses only on intercountry adoption leads to unethical practices. 63 references.
INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION; TRANSCULTURAL ADOPTION; ADOPTED CHILDREN; ADOPTIVE FAMILIES; ADOPTION LAWS; SOCIAL SERVICES; CHILD WELFARE SERVICES; CHILD WELFARE PROGRAMS; PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION; PROGRAM EVALUATION; adoption fraud; cross cultural studies; ethics