Adoption: At What Cost?: For An Ethical Responsibility of Receiving Countries in Intercountry Adoption.
Lammerant, Isabelle. Hofstetter, Marlène.
Terre des Hommes International Federation.
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Terre des Hommes International Federation
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This report highlights the ethical responsibilities of countries who are receiving children through international adoption. It presents the results of a comparative study of the adoption practices and legislations in six European receiving countries: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. The report begins with a position paper that explores the rights and reality of adoptable children in the world and practices of receiving European countries. Criticisms on the impact of the Hague Convention are discussed, as well as the abuses in private adoption, and the need for professional standards, assessment, and verification methods for accredited bodies. The second part of the report provides a global overview of intercountry adoption and explains the methodology used to compare the procedures of intercountry adoption in the six European countries. Findings from the comparison are discussed in the areas of: routes of intercountry adoption, principal procedural steps in intercountry adoption, and actors in the intercountry adoption procedure. 10 tables and 55 references.
intercountry adoption; ethics; europe; childrens rights