Title

The African Orphan Crisis and International Adoption

Keywords

Orphan Crisis, International Adoption, Adoption, African adoption

Abstract

The plight of Africa's AIDS orphans has reached crisis proportions, and the international community is beginning to mobilize at the family, community, national, and international levels. Despite these encouraging efforts, the response is inadequate, and increased attention and action are needed. The authors suggest that international adoption, although a small and temporary solution, may fit within the framework being used as a global working model. Issues surrounding adoption, such as racism, racial and cultural identity development, waiting children in the U.S. public child welfare system, and the potential legal risks, are delineated. The African perspective toward adoption is presented, although the response varies and is not collectively defined. The authors conclude that although international adoptions should be used as a last-resort solution, and with tight regulations, the potential benefits to some children merit the opening of a dialogue on the topic.

Original Publication Citation

Roby, J.L. & Shaw, S.A. (2006). The African orphan crisis and international adoption. Social Work, 51(3), 199-210.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2006-07-01

Publisher

Social Work

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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