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Intercountry adoption: How to continue?

What is the future of intercountry adoption?
What are the ethical debates that intercountry adoption provokes? What are the conditions for developing ethical and respectful adoption practices? Are there alternatives?

How are the families and/or relatives of adoptees in ‘sending’ countries experiencing contemporary adoption practices? Are their needs and concerns sufficiently taken into consideration? Where is there room for improvement?

How do adoptees experience living in Belgium? How do they experience racism and discrimination? For example. What is it like to grow up in a white family as a person of colour? Are the experiences from adoptees different from those of other migrants?

On the days of April 26th and 27th of this year, a symposium on intercountry adoption will be organised in Brussels by the Support Centre for Adoption (Steunpunt Adoptie), and four Flemish universities (UGhent, UAntwerp, VUB and KULeuven). During this symposium, we will reflect about the questions above, and will invite national and international researchers from the social sciences and humanities for discussion. Adoption is already an important object of study within the field of psychology and medicine sciences. At the same time, since the turn of the century, researchers within social sciences and the humanities have increasingly focused on adoption and intercountry adoption in particular. Researchers in these fields are now paying more attention to the historical, political, economical, social, cultural and ethical aspects of intercountry adoption, as they investigate this practice within a context of migration, diversity and global inequalities. As these insights are relatively new and quite unknown within the adoption landscape, this symposium aims to bring these perspectives to attention of all people involved in intercountry adoption. In dialogue with the audience, we will search for answers to these important questions that take place in our contemporary adoption debate.

The first day (in English) of this two-day symposium will reflect about the future of intercountry adoption, focusing on the question “Is the current decline in intercountry adoption a ‘crisis’ or a positive evolution?
The second day (in Dutch) will zoom in on the experiences and challenges of intercountry adoptees.

For questions: info@steunpuntadoptie.be