Vers une histoire de l'adoption internationale en France

Abstract : For French families intercountry adoption is a difficult process, and not just mere sensational episodes in the newspapers. The difficulties French families encounter when they want to adopt children from foreign countries have given rise to a recent report known as the Colombani report (issued in March, 2008) with a view to facilitate intercountry adoption, a phenomenon dating back to the 1970’s. For a historiograph to look at intercountry adoption as a matter for study proves essential for, contrary to a great number of human and social scientists who have addressed intercountry adoption as a complex social issue, French historiographs have but rarely addressed the phenomenon as such. And yet there are many actors intervening in an intercountry adoption procedure : the parents wanting to adopt a child, the associations through which the adoption will be made, the Governments concerned, and international organizations whose approaches may or may not be complementary with those of the other actors, and may sometimes even conflict with them. Studying those different approaches, forever interacting and changing, is a key way to form a historical picture of intercountry adoption in France.
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Yves Denéchère. Vers une histoire de l'adoption internationale en France. Vingtième siècle, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2009, pp.117-129. ⟨halshs-01091642⟩

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