About the product
Adoption raises highly emotive issues because of its fundamental implications for the meaning of familial ties. Questions on whether adoption serves the best interests of children, who should be allowed to adopt and the role of Governments in regulating such decisions are frequent subjects of debate. This publication is an extract from the larger report entitled Child Adoption: Trends and Policies, the first study of its kind undertaken by the United Nations. The publication highlights some of the main findings of Child Adoption: Trends and Policies and provides guidelines on how to improve the collection, compilation and dissemination of information on adoption. This publication contains an introduction based on the Executive Summary of the larger report and a reproduction of its chapter VIII, which contains the guidelines. It provides an immediate guide to strategies for the improvement of statistics on child adoption.