The Netherlands’ proposed ban on foreign adoption and the (ab)uses of ‘scientific expertise’

Kristen Cheney
Kristen Cheney

The scholarly work backing a Dutch board's recommendation to ban all foreign adoptions has been attacked as 'unscientific'. Does that argument hold water?

In this article, which appeared on the OpenDemocracy website, senior lecturer Kristen Cheney discusses foreign adoption and what constitutes quality research in this field.

In particular she discusses the critism by the  Leiden University Knowledge Centre for Adoption and Foster Care (ADOC) on a report (in Dutch) by the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles) advising the Dutch minister of security and justice to ban all foreign adoptions.