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Intercountry Adoption Summit: State of Intercountry Adoption

Held September 23-26, 2010

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

The Arden Park Hotel


Intercountry adoption is a global phenomenon involving over 38,000 adoptions annuallly and billions of dollars every year. Even though intercountry adoptions around the world has decreased in the past few years (17% reduction between 2004 to 2007), interest and awareness are on the rise. Public discourse surrounding intercountry adoption centers on the need to reduce corruption and human trafficking while maximizing the best interests of children who are abandoned or relinquished.

To address these growing concerns, the Faculty of Arts and the Communication, Leadership and Social Innovation Unit at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada organized the inaugural Intercountry Adoption Summit.

This Summit had two goals:

  • To bring together the most influential countries of origin and receiving countries involved in intercountry adoption to share research, practices, experiences, and current status related to intercountry adoption.
  • To bring together the top researchers in intercountry adoption from around the world to share findings and explore ideas in an interdisciplinary format.

This website provides a recap of the Summit's program and who attended as well as links to videos of the presentations and outcomes from the Summit. Feel free to browse to find out more about this groundbreaking event!

Delegates and participants to the Summit unanimously agreed that the Summit provided a new model for ways to come together and discuss the current state of intercountry adoption. We hope to have future Summits, so stay tuned to this website for more details.

In regards to outcomes for the Summit, delegates outlined summaries of the current problems and state of intercountry adoption around the world and a list of recommended action steps for the future of intercountry adoption. You can download these summaries by clicking on the outcomes link to the left or clicking here.

On the Videos page is a link to downloadable videos of all public and academic presentations. These are available free of charge.

We hope to plan future Intercountry Adoption Summits very soon, so stay tuned!

The Summit was a non-governmental initiative planned and sponsored by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo in conjunction with:


Partner Sponsor -

Joint Council on International Children’s Services - Alexandria, Virginia, United States


Gift Sponsors -

International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Vietnamese Adoptee Network (maximizes Vietnamese adoptee experience) - Seattle, Washington, United States



Many thanks to these sponsors for their support!


Summit Co-Chairs:

For questions about the Summit, contact Robert Ballard at 519-888-4567, ext. 38603.

Conference assistance provided by Antonia Agostan, Student Conference Coordinator.