Family group conferencing as a culturally adaptable intervention: Reforming intercountry adoption in Guatemala

Karen Smith Rotabi, Joan Pennell, Jini L. Roby, Kelley McCreery Bunkers

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Intercountry adoptions prevent institutionalization but may erode children’s rights to their families and cultural heritage. Family group conferencing offers a culturally adaptable intervention that looks for domestic solutions before turning to out-of-country placements. Guatemalan social work education offers a hospitable environment in which to promote its extension to adoptions.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalInternational Social Work
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • adoption
  • child welfare
  • family group conferencing
  • Guatemala
  • Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption
  • indigenous
  • Marshall Islands


  • Economics
  • Social Work
  • Growth and Development
  • Sociology

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