Over the past twenty years, the growing shortage of adoptable infants in the United States and Britain has forced a number of couples to look abroad. What exactly are the costs, hazards, and emotional difficulties that these couples face, and why do some couples feel that this is their only chance of becoming adoptive parents?
"Inter-Country Adoption" charts the experiences of eight couples who, between them, have adopted eleven children from South America, India and Sri Lanka ranging in age from four months to seven years. The main emphasis of these first-hand accounts is on the events leading up to the decision to adopt from abroad and on the obstacles involved in dealing with the authorities in Britain and in the child's country of origin. The final two chapters are written by an academic social worker and a parliamentary campaigner who examine the legal and ethical considerations of inter-country adoption.
This lively and highly readable book is of great value to social workers, social policy makers, lawyers and to the general reader with an interest in adoption.
..."an easy reading book, full of emotional content and sentimental reflections. At the same time, it carefully weaves developments in the socio/political conditions of countries with aspects of economics and law. This framework is then used to examine the case histories that are vividly and beautifully presented as the core focus of the book, which is highly responsive to urgent needs in social work education today...For social work education purposes this book is a valuable contribution to learn about international social welfare policies and social work practice. Teachers, students and practitioners will find this book extremely useful to meet new challenges emerging around the world. ...If this work is given the place it deserves in the social work literature for intercountry adoption, it can be expected to contribute significant new insights on a topic presently most often misunderstood even when acknowledged."
-"Journal of Teaching in Social Work