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Some Normative Issues Concerning the New Realities of International Adoption

Chantal Collard, Carmen Lavallée, Françoise-Romaine Ouellette

In a recent comparative and interdisciplinary research project (anthropology and law) carried out jointly by the Quebec Secretariat for International Adoption and the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec and directed to a consideration of legislative adjustments to the new realities of international adoption, we looked at juridical standards and practices in a number of adopter and adoptee countries in order to identify the ideas, standards and values peculiar to each one, together with their principal impacts. The present article describes the main issues involved and brings to the fore those that remain to be settled despite legislative adjustments, i.e. the problems of conciliating different national laws and intra-family adoption.