The Rights of the Child in Domestic and Intercountry Adoption: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Practice

International Social Service (ISS)

WHAT:  A set of ethical principles and practice guidelines to protect the welfare of children in domestic and intercountry adoptions.

WHO:  Policy makers and social and community workers involved in child protection and welfare in internal and intercountry adoptions.

WHERE:  Global relevance.

WHY:  Provides a reference for best practices on behalf of families and children subject to foster care and adoption.  Defines ethical principles that should govern adoptions, and provides guidelines to ensure that these ethics and principles are respected in practice.  Useful in preparing agencies to meet the Hague requirements on the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.