Intercountry Adoption in Emergencies: The Tsunami Orphans

This brief examines the role of intercountry adoption in natural disasters, armed conflicts, and other complex human emergencies, such as the one caused by the 2004 tsunami. After outlining some of the unique threats posed to children during emergencies, and examining international conventions and legal frameworks for intercountry adoption, this brief articulates best practices that incorporate both immediate and long-term needs of children left without parental care – including protection, family reunification, community and family solutions, permanency, and respect for culture.

Author: Hollee McGinnis

Published: April 2005