Intercountry Adoption

Innocenti Digest 4

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Intercountry Adoption
  • Format
  • Publisher
    • UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1999
  • Pages
    • 24
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 102U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English
  • Other languages


This Digest looks at intercountry adoption as one of a series of possible solutions for children unable to live with their families. Broadly accepted international instruments specify the conditions under which intercountry adoption should be undertaken if the rights and best interests of the children concerned are to be protected and fully respected. Although substantial efforts are being made to implement the standards and procedures set, current practices are often in violation of these norms. The Digest identifies abuses of intercountry adoption as well as the measures required to combat such violations and to uphold 'best practice' in this sphere. A commentary explores some popular fallacies about intercountry adoption, including the notion of 'the right to a child', and suggests measures that will ensure that the rights of the child will be "the paramount consideration". The Digest also provides information on existing Central Authorities under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.


Thematic area

Child Protection   / 


adoption   /  best interests of the child   /  children's rights   /  children's rights violation   /  international law   /  right to parental care   /