Monday, April 06, 2009

Government Resources on Intercountry Adoption

As I was skimming the daily news headlines, I noticed an article about a Malawi court's rejection of pop star Madonna's attempt to adopt a Malawian child. Though initially irritated to see a celebrity mentioned among the daily news headlines, I thought it would be interesting to provide our readers with some governmental and intergovernmental resources about adoption.

Malawi's Ministry of Gender, Child Welfare and Community Services establishes policies on intercountry adoption of Malawi children. Here you can find Malawi's National Policy on Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children.

In the U.S., the Department of State's Office of Children's Issues provides information and statistics on intercountry adoption. In 1994 the U.S. signed the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption, which provides international standards for intercountry adoptions. Malawi has not signed the convention.

You can find more resources on the Malawian government in our guide to this country. Further resources on adoption can be found in our guide to Children and Youth.

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