Is this the end of international adoption?

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From the application for approval to orphanages, how is the international adoption procedure carried out?

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By: Amélie Beaucour

1 min

In less than 20 years, international adoption has completely collapsed, going from 45,500 children adopted abroad in 2004 to 6,500 in 2019. 

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In France only 244 international adoptions were carried out in 2020. Stricter national policies, development of contraception, improvement of reproductive techniques in the host countries... Several factors explain this downward trend.

Various scandals and abuses have also tainted the history of international adoption.

Dramatic consequences for the children concerned and their families but also for future adopters.

From the application for approval to orphanages, how is the international adoption procedure carried out?  

With :

Sébastien Roux

, sociologist at the

CNRS

, author of 

Sang d'encre - Survey on the end of international adoption

 (Vendémiaire, 2022) 

Anne Royal

, president of the

Childhood and Adoption Families Association 

And a testimony from a family taken in by 

Margot Hemmerich  

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