On the days of April 26th and 27th of this year, a symposium on intercountry adoption will be organised in Brussels, by the Support Centre for Adoption (Steunpunt Adoptie), and four Flemish universities (UGhent, UAntwerp, VUB and KULeuven). During this symposium, we will reflect about some important questions, and will invite national and international researchers from the social sciences and humanities for discussion. Adoption is already an important object of study within the field of psychology and medicine sciences. At the same time, since the turn of the century, researchers within social sciences and the humanities have increasingly focused on adoption and intercountry adoption in particular. Researchers in these fields are now paying more attention to the historical, political, economical, social, cultural and ethical aspects of intercountry adoption, as they investigate this practice within a context of migration, diversity and global inequalities. As these insights are relatively new and quite unknown within the adoption landscape, this symposium aims to bring these perspectives to attention of all people involved in (intercountry) adoption. In dialogue with the audience, we will search for answers to these important questions that take place in our contemporary adoption debate.
The first day (in English) of this two-day symposium will reflect about the future of intercountry adoption, focusing on the question “Is the current decline in intercountry adoption a ‘crisis’ or a positive evolution? The second day (in Dutch) will zoom in on the experiences and challenges of intercountry adoptees.