A Case for Ethical Intercountry Adoption.
Zappala, Marc. Johnson, Chuck.
National Council For Adoption.
, No. 11 National Council for Adoption
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This brief begins by reviewing the history of intercountry adoption in the United States before answering critics of intercountry adoption that charge the demand among Western couples for healthy infants is far greater than the number of healthy infants available for adoption abroad. The role of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption in ensuring ethical adoption practices is then explained, and recommendations for self-policing on the part of international adoption agencies are discussed. The brief concludes that the implementation of the Hague Convention by more countries and increased self-policing on the part of international adoption agencies will go a long way toward ensuring that intercountry adoption achieves its goal of helping adoptable children throughout the world find the loving families they need. 13 references.
intercountry adoption; historical perspective; ethics; Hague Convention