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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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Baby-Bearing Storks

Baby-Bearing Storks

Brazilian Intermediaries in the Adoption Process

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International Adoption

Domingos Abreu

NYU Press

This chapter scrutinizes the many actors involved in international adoption from Brazil; from private intermediaries such as philanthropic orphanages, lawyers, and clergy, to public institutions for “abandoned” children and birth parents. Brazil was one of the world's primary sources of internationally adopted children from the early 1980s until the mid-1990s, when it became enveloped in controversy over allegations of the abuse of adoptive children and their birth mothers. Police investigations and Parliamentary inquiries led to significant changes in public policy. Thus, drawing on fieldwork conducted in the province of Ceará and in France, where many Brazilian children were adopted, this chapter charts the complex tensions involved in international adoption.

Keywords:   Brazil, internationally adopted children, public policy, Ceará, France, Brazilian children, international adoption

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