Maintaining Standards: The Role of EurAdopt.
Chapter in Book
Publication Information: In: Selman, P. (Editor). Intercountry Adoption: Developments, Trends and Perspectives. British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering, London (England).
Available from: British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)
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EurAdopt is an organization of non-profit intercountry adoption agencies in Europe that promotes subsidiarity and the best interest of the child; ethical practice; collaboration between government and authorized agencies; information dissemination; advocacy; and the ratification of the 1993 Hague Convention. It has 26 member agencies from 13 countries. Primary members are non-governmental agencies that are in the best position to provide mediation because of their independence from government structures and because they can coordinate adoptions from the same country. In addition to basic ethical rules, such as respect for laws and a prohibition on coercion of the birth mother, EurAdopt is focusing on three major issues: reasonable fees; avoidance of unnecessary delays in the adoption process; and financial assistance diverted to the child welfare programs of the sending country.
intercountry adoption; standards; europe; ethics; interagency collaboration; hague convention; program descriptions