Voices of intercountry adoptees: qualitative criminological research on experiencing intercountry adoption.

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For a long time, intercountry adoption was thought to be an inherently good practice that served the child's 'best interests.' Adoption's humanitarian value has long been established, and it is still widely regarded as the best alternative for children who are unable to grow up in their own homes. However, since its institutional developments, adoption has been associated with stigmatizing and fraudulent practices, sometimes with the explicit cooperation of governments and other institutional actors. It was the persistent and systematically recurring observation of widespread malpractices in intercountry adoptions that prompted the development of a more stringent regulatory framework for intercountry adoptions in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the Hague Convention (1993). However, even these legal frameworks have not been able to eliminate malpractices.

In Flanders, exploratory research was conducted on malpractices that occur in intercountry adoptions and during the adoption procedure. The major purpose of this contribution is to share our findings on the complete transnational adoption experience, as well as how adoptees perceive it during their adoption process and well into adulthood. With this contribution, we hope to demonstrate why criminological research on intercountry adoption malpractices is necessary and important.
Period22 Sep 2022
Event titleEuropean Society of Criminology
Event typeConference
LocationMalaga, Spain
Degree of RecognitionInternational