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FONSECA, Claudia. An unexpected reversal: the "demise" of international adoption in Brazil.Translated byCarolyn Brissett. Dados [online]. 2007, vol.3Selected edition, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0011-5258.

During the 90s, there was a dramatic fall in intercountry adoptions of Brazilian children - from over 2000 per annum at the beginning of the decade, to under 400 at decade's close. In this paper, on the basis of archival material, we will attempt to outline possible reasons for this drop, considering hypotheses linked to the international market of adoptable children, legal restrictions on intercountry adoption imposed by the Brazilian government, and, finally, scandals in the mass media which stigmatize local intermediaries and officials involved in this activity. We conclude that inflamed public opinion and scandals in the media, although highly influential, are not necessarily the most adequate ingredients for a sensible policy on adoption.

Keywords : international adoption; legal anthropology; Brazilian Children's Code.

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