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The social acceptance of illegal practices in the Greek domestic adoption system

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Abstract:

In Greece there are two types of domestic adoption: adoptions through state institutions and by private agreement. Both routes have been subject to considerable criticism because of the delays involved and the dysfunctional system that fails to prevent semi-legal or illegal activities. Katerina Nanou reports on the findings from a case-based study that explored concerns about the Greek domestic adoption system. Legal, policy documents and press articles were analysed and face-to-face interviews were conducted with lawyers, social workers and adopters. The study found that legislation was being subverted and bypassed, corruption was tolerated and that illegal practices were being justified.

Keywords: ADOPTION; FINANCIAL GAIN; GREECE; ILLEGAL; PRACTICES; PRIVATE ADOPTIONS; SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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