South American Panorama of Adoption Practices: Cases of Countries in Transformation

Child Identity Protection (CHIP)

Child Identity Protection (CHIP) is pleased to announce the publication of the results of field research conducted by Anne-Marie Piché, Professor at the School of Social Work at the Université of Québec in Montréal (UQAM).

This research brought together the testimonies of adoption professionals (national and international) concerned with the situation of abandoned and placed children in five South American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

The aim of this study is to gain a better understanding of the new realities of adoption, in a context where these countries have chosen to limit or stop their foreign adoption practices. Several transformations are at work in terms of laws and practices, with the challenge of encouraging families to adopt these children locally - allowing for a better protection of their cultural identity and a reversal of the trend towards massive intercountry adoptions of previous years.

The study aims to draw a portrait of these transformations and their effects from the perspective of these countries and their actors. CHIP is honoured to have been able to provide support to strengthen the angle of right to identity throughout the publication.