International Adoption: The Human Rights Position
Harvard Law School
July 24, 2009
Global Policy, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010
International adoption is under siege, with the number of children placed dropping each of the last several years, and many countries imposing severe new restrictions. Key forces mounting the attack claim the child human rights mantle, arguing that such adoption denies heritage rights, and often involves abusive practices. Many nations assert rights to hold onto the children born within their borders, and others support these demands citing subsidiarity principles. But children’s most basic human rights, at the heart of the true meaning of subsidiarity, are to grow up in the families that will often be found only in international adoption. These rights should trump any conflicting state sovereignty claims.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: adoption, human rights, children, child welfare
Date posted: August 20, 2009 ; Last revised: December 29, 2015