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Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 97 years

Resources for adoptees and prospective adoptive parents

 Guide2019 ANG

 

Whilst ICA as a child protection measure can bring many benefits to children, it is not without risks. One major risk relates to financial and other support to countries of origin, which is the focus of this Guide. Such support may occur prior to, during or after the finalisation of the adoption. The support may be for the benefit of the child to be adopted and/or children in the protection system. The support can take on many forms such as contributions, donations, development projects etc. This support should be distinguished from costs and fees linked to ICA.

This third Guide has been developed following the Guide for Prospective Adopters on ICA and its risks and Guide for Adoptees on ICA and search for origins.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

 ISS GuideOrigins ENG

This Guide is in the continuity of the Guide Intercountry adoption and its risks - A guide for prospective adopters: detailing and providing with concrete information on each and every stage of a search for origins process. Specifically, all phases are presented through a bipartite structure. On the one hand, the signals that adopted persons might encounter on their way. On the other hand, the danger signals are punctually complemented with the questions that adopted persons need to ask themselves, the central authorities or their accredited body to avoid risks.

Available in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.

 Guide-Anglais

The Guide is a tool that takes prospective adoptive parents through the whole procedure, providing them with concrete information on each and every stage. Specifically, all phases are presented through a bipartite structure: on one hand, the signals that PAPs might encounter on their way and that indicate risks for potential malpractice. On the other hand, the danger signals are punctually complemented with the questions that PAPs need to ask themselves, the central authorities or their accredited body to avoid risks. Through this practical approach, the booklet provides parents with concrete advice on what to expect throughout the process and it concurrently offers them the possibility to acquire a correct perspective, the "protection angle" that is needed to ensure that intercountry adoption takes places solely in the child's best interest.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

Publication for sale in English, French, Spanish and Dutch CHF 8.-

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