Intercountry adoption in Europe 1998–2007: patterns, trends and issues

Peter Selman

in Social Policy Review 21

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423733
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303480 | DOI:
Intercountry adoption in Europe 1998–2007: patterns, trends and issues

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This chapter considers the issue of intercountry adoption. It presents an almost bewildering range of statistics and adoption patterns that is both comprehensive and surprising. Its conclusions are sobering — that demand for children internationally far outstrips the number of children available for adoption, and that there is significant danger that, where market mechanisms are allowed, this will raise the ‘price’ of children or lead to prospective parents taking on children, particularly older children, with a range of problems for which they may be unprepared. It observes that despite many intercountry adoptions having positive outcomes for children, it is also an area where trafficking is a significant problem, and raises questions about the implication of market-based reforms.

Keywords: intercountry adoption; demand for children; trafficking; market-based reforms

Chapter.  10849 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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