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The 14th International EurAdopt Conference will be held 1.-2. September



Copenhagen - In September, the 14th international conference on intercountry adoption will be held under the theme Sustainability in intercountry adoption from different perspectives. The conference is organised by the European association of accredited adoption organisations, EurAdopt, in cooperation with the Danish adoption organisation, Danish International Adoption.

At the conference, which takes place at Hotel Scandic, Sydhavnen, 15 researchers and professionals from Europe, Africa and Asia will present new research and experiences in:

  • intercountry adoption as a child protection measure
  • post adoption service, which is the counselling and service offered to adoptees in the receiving countries
  • cooperation and sustainability in intercountry adoption


This conference was initially scheduled for April 28.-29. but due to Covid19 restrictions it has been moved to September 1.-2. 2022.  

Registration is now closed. 

All tickets that have been purchased in 2020 will still be valid for the new 2022 dates in September.


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The EurAdopt conference 2022 is the first of its kind since 2018

The conference runs over two days and provides ample opportunity for professionals, experts, adoptees and anyone with an interest in adoption and family formation to meet and discuss issues of intercountry adoption with the child in focus. At the last conference in Italy in 2018, over 240 participants from different countries participated.


A broad conference with representatives from Europe, Asia and Africa

"This international conference offers a rare opportunity to reflect on intercountry adoption as experienced in different countries across the globe," says Gill Haworth OBE, Chairperson of EurAdopt.

Prominent speakers will present from various perspectives, including from the Hague Permanent Bureau, Central Authorities of States of origin and receiving States, accredited bodies, researchers and adoptees.

“Through learning, reflection and discussion, it is our hope that participants will add to their knowledge of intercountry adoption research, practices, procedures and challenges as experienced in different countries. We also hope that it will engender new ideas and perhaps new collaborations which can shape the development of intercountry adoption in the future,” Gill Haworth continues.


Below is the preliminary programme. It will be subject to changes.

Click the name of the speaker to read about the speaker and their presentation. Additional material, the presentation slides and Q&A summaries will be made available on these pages after the conference.

Jan Way and Satwinder Sandhu will be moderators of the conference.


Day 1, Thursday, September 1st

13-14 Registration


Opening of the conferenc


Gill Haworth OBE Chair of EurAdopt

Welcoming speakers, members and attendees 


Theme 1: Evaluation of intercountry adoption as a child protection measure


Introducing theme 1


Capucine Page from the Permanent Bureau of Hague

"Relevance of intercountry adoption as a child protection measure under the 1993 Adoption Convention"


Susan Otuoma 

"Practical challenges of working with intercountry adoption with the best interest of the child in focus"


Coffee break


Jesús Palacios

"Sustainability of intercountry adoption compared with other alternative care measures"


Rikke Fuglsang from the Danish Center for Social Science Research VIVE

"Presentation of their report Growing up as an adopted person in Denmark"


Mia Damback - CHIP (Switzerland)

"Preserving and restoring a child’s identity in intercountry adoption"


Voices of the adoptees - Adoptees from Denmark speaking about the topic


Panel debate with all speakers from Theme 1


Gala Dinner and showing of a short movie with live music accompaniment and introduction by the film instructor, Hyo Cortzen.

Day 2, Friday, September 2nd

Theme 2: Cooperation and sustainability in intercountry adoption


Opening of Day 2, introducing theme 2


Peter Selman (United Kingdom)

"The long-term trends in Intercountry Adoption 1990-2020"


Capucine Page from the Permanent Bureau of Hague

"Cooperation under the 1993 Adoption Convention"


Irene Pärssinen-Hentula from the Finnish Adoption Board, CA of Finland

"Central Authorities’ responsibilities and support in ensuring sustainability and collaboration in intercountry adoptions"


Coffee break


Katinka Pieterse from ABBA (South Africa)

"Our response to ethical dilemmas impacting the sustainability of Intercountry adoptions - a South African practice perspective"


Ana Maria Fernandez (Colombia)

"Post Adoption: Searching for Origins"


Lunch break


Panel discussion with all speakers from Theme 2


Theme 3: Post Adoption Service


Introducing theme 3


Sandra Stendahl and Anna Guwert from Adoptionscentrum (Sweden)

"Cooperation between the receiving country and the countries of origin regarding Post Adoption Service"


Gera ter Meulen

Post Adoption Services: Availability and Minimum Standards according to EurAdopt

Anita Berner from the Danish Central Authority

"The development of the Danish PAS system"


Coffee break


Voices of the adopteesAdoptees from Denmark speaking about the topic


Panel discussion with all speakers from Theme 3


Rounding up and goodbye


Registration and payment

Registration is now closed


The following tickets are available: 

General Admission without Gala Dinner - € 280
includes: 2 days conference, refreshments during both days, and lunch on September 2nd.

General Admission with Gala Dinner - € 325
includes: 2 days conference, refreshments during both days, lunch on September 2nd, and Gala Dinner on September 1st.


Tickets do not include accommodation.
Accommodation can be booked at a discounted price at Hotel Scandic Sydhavnen by writing directly to MEETING.sydhavnen@scandichotels.com and specifying participation in the conference (discounted rooms will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis).


Find directions to the Conference Venue here