Intercountry Adoption

A Changing World: Shaping Best Practices through Understanding of the New Realities of Intercountry Adoption

This study shows that a growing number of the girls and boys being adopted internationally today are not the infants of adoption’s recent past but, instead, are older children with sometimes-serious special needs

Author: Ellen Pinderhughes, Jessica Matthews, Georgia Deoudes and Adam Pertman

Published: October 2013

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