Inter-country Adoption in Ireland: Law, Children's Rights and Contemporary Social Work Practice

Ethics and Social Welfare 2 (2):133-149 (2008)
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This paper explores the current practice dilemmas and common ideologies that characterize inter-country adoption in Ireland and explores these issues through a child rights lens. The social and historical development and construction of adoption are examined in order to outline the broad parameters within which inter-country adoption occurs in Ireland. The role of social workers in this complex and specialized area of work is examined and some of the questions posed by adoption professionals are highlighted. A real consideration for the best interests of children is put into perspective and the role of the social worker as a child rights advocate is given recognition
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