Intercountry Adoption Research Group is an attempt to bring together academics, researchers, adoption professionals and lay people engaged in and/or interested in current research pertaining to intercountry adoption. The idea to start this e-group was in response to the difficulty in obtaining information about intercountry adoption and the growing research interest in the field.
There are many many lists for people to share their personal adoption experiences and opinions about ICA adoption. This is not, however, the purpose of this list. The ICA Research Group is distinct in that the purpose is to bring together information and research about intercountry adoption. Since the research in this field is nascent, we have not limited
participation to this list as we understand the importance of practice
wisdom, which is often based on personal experiences. However, personal experiences should be shared with the intention of furthering
research questions, or practice knowledge. While we understand that
there are yet many problems in ICA adoptions this is not a forum
for personal attacks, but rather critical and thoughtful dialogue.
The ICA Research Group is intended to enable scholars and practioners
to communicate current research; to discuss new articles, books,
papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to test new ideas
and share comments on ICA practice, history, and policies. Relevant
academic job announcements, and fellowship announcements may also be
posted. Organizers of conferences and symposia relating to ICA issues
are encouraged to post calls for papers and program contents.
Similarly, we encourage graduate students to post abstracts of their
doctoral dissertations. Reports on new archival or bibliographic
sources, new software, datasets or CD-ROMs are also welcome.