Monday, September 6, 2010

ISS Report: Haiti: "Expediting" intercountry adoptions in the aftermath of a natural disaster ... preventing future harm.

Haiti: "Expediting" intercountry adoptions in the aftermath of a natural disaster ... preventing future harm.

Press Release from ISS*:

This report examines intercountry adoption practices in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Haiti has been a ‘popular' country of origin, meaning that thousands of children were at some stage of the adoption process - albeit simply "identified" as potentially adoptable - when the earthquake struck. There were diverse and contrasting responses by ‘receiving countries' and others to the subsequent adoption of children displaced abroad. This report documents and reviews the vast range of responses and the exceptional measures implemented by some countries in expediting firstly, the transfer of cases (with an adoption judgment) as well as secondly, adoptions and other procedures (without a judgment).

In the context of these exceptional measures, the principal objective of this report is to identify lessons to be learned from this situation in order to prevent future harm. It is not the intention of the report to denounce a particular country, but rather to provide an objective analysis of the fast-tracking measures implemented, against the backdrop of international norms.

A copy of the report may be downloaded at the following website:

*ISS is an international network of non-profit organizations, composed of professional staff and specialized volunteers, committed to preserving, establishing or re-establishing the links between family members in an international context. ISS is dedicated to finding solutions for the protection of unaccompanied minors, neglected and abandoned children, family searches, reunification and repatriation, legal assistance, individual counseling and ensuring that the needs and rights of its beneficiaries are respected. (From the ISS Vision and Mission Statement)

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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