International Social Service
Responding to Illegal Adoptions: A Professional Handbook provides a consolidated overview of potential avenues for remedies, reparation and above all prevention. The handbook recognises that the path to healing and restoration is likely to be long, painful and challenging, as demonstrated by various testimonies and contributions. Yet, what is most encouraging is that the story of those involved has not stagnated at the discovery of an illegal adoption. The handbook offers broad solutions from various perspectives – legal, psychosocial, social and political – thereby acknowledging that each journey for dealing with such tragedies is unique. Importantly, a number of promising practices focus on the joint responsibility of countries of origin and receiving countries. Innovatively, the handbook likewise provides insights from lessons learned for the practice of international surrogacy arrangements, which, when unregulated, can lead to the sale of children.