Intercountry Adoption: Privilege, Rights and Social Justice
In Robert L. Ballard, Naomi H. Goodno, Robert F. Cochran and Jay A. Milbrandt eds. The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 348-365. 2015
9 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015 Last revised: 30 Nov 2015
Date Written: 2015
Intercountry adoption needs to be understood in parts - the individual child, the needs of adoptive parents, the legality of its processes, and perceived red tape. It is promoted as a welfare solution for individual children that focuses on the best interests of children, but functionally meets a demand for other people's children as a way of forming families for the may potential adopters. It is practised across multiple sectors of law, welfare, public policy and child placement. All disciplines need a place at the dialogical table to develop approaches informed by values that include social justice principles.
Keywords: Intercountry adoption, rights of the child, social justice, family formation
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