Edwige Rude-Antoine

Adopting a child from abroad Publication date : May 1, 1999

While the number of children that are available for adoption has dropped in the West, the demand for adoptable children has not ceased growing. The result is that today two-thirds of all adoptions concern a child from another country. International adoptions, often a difficult and expensive process for the prospective parents, have been severely attacked on the grounds that they have led to the development of an international baby market. Edwige Rude-Antoine examines the truth of this accusation. She addresses several questions: What is the motivation of the prospective parents ? How have different governments dealt with the rising demand for adoptions ? What legal procedures have they implemented, and what effect have they had ? How does an adoption case actually unfold ? The author goes beyond an examination of the legal and procedural differences that can be found around the world. She explores the emotions of the adopted children: Do they feel the need to look for their biological family ? Do they try to preserve any vestiges of their own ethnic and cultural origins ? And if they do, how do they go about it ? How do they develop their own identity ? This book will be a useful tool for both childcare professionals and adoptive parents.

Edwige Rude-Antoine, a lawyer and sociologist, heads a research team at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (URMIS, University of Paris-VII and Paris-VIII). She is the author of Des Vies et des Familles. Les Immigrés. la Loi et les Coutumes.