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International Social Service report on Adoption from Viet Nam, 2009.
Peter Bille Larsen is a social anthropologist and consultant based in Switzerland.
In the following articles, Larsen reports that when he was in Vietnam on unrelated research, five illiterate women of the Ruc ethnic group approached him asking for help getting their children back. Larsen says these women told him that Vietnamese officials had persuaded them to leave their children in an institution for food and education; now they feared they would not see children again. These articles report on his experiences and argue that these children—apparently adopted internationally—should be returned to their birth families.
- “Will the Rục children come home? Part III: Revisiting the words of a Rục mother, legal loopholes and Vietnamese social policy,” May 10, 2008.
- “Will my child come home? Shedding light on the grey-zones of international adoption,” October 14, 2008.
Peter Selman is a visiting fellow at Britain’s Newcastle University and chair of the Network for Intercountry Adoption. He is editor of "Intercountry Adoption: Developments, Trends, and Perspectives."
- “Trends in Intercountry Adoption,” Journal of Population Research, 2006.
Analyzes data related about 20 developed countries’s adoptions from other countries. Notes that between 1998 and 2004, intercountry adoption increased 42 per cent. Discusses the problems in collecting and analyzing the data.
- “Intercountry adoption in the new millennium; the “quiet migration” revisited,” Population Research and Policy Review 2002, 21(3), 205-225.
Outlines the author’s estimate of the number of intercountry adoptions worldwide, using data recorded in the 1990s by 18 nations that adopted children from other countries. According to author’s estimate, there were at least 32,000 intercountry adoptions in 1998, a rise of fifty percent over the previous decade.
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