Cross-Country Adoption: A Call to Action

10 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2010

Date Written: October 5, 2010


Although a free press is an integral part of democratic governance, intercountry adoption is one case in which the media makes it virtually impossible for governments to send children abroad for adoption. A country (State A) which gives up a child for intercountry adoption should receive a “credit” for that child which will entitle any other family within State A that may want to adopt a child to priority on the list at the Vatican. The second major function for the Intercountry Adoption Agency might be called the “annual report” function. All adoptive parents who take a child from the Vatican must sign a pledge to write an annual report on the welfare of the child.

Keywords: Adoption, Children’s Rights, Intercountry Adoption, Intercountry Adoption Agency (Proposed), Convention on the Rights of the Child

JEL Classification: K39, K19, K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, Cross-Country Adoption: A Call to Action (October 5, 2010). Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 73, No. 5, 1998; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-52. Available at SSRN:

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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