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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/sps

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Practices of anonymous infant abandonment in Europe and the USA: the diversity of approaches

Archakova T.O., psychologist, charity foundation "Volunteers to help orphans", Moscow, Russia, archakova@hotbox.ru
Abstract
The article describes technologies of anonymous infant abandonment available in different countries: special places (“baby-boxes”) for abandonment (Germany, Latvia), possibility to abandon an infant at a healthcare of emergency service (“safe haven law”, USA), anonymous delivery (France). The connections between socio-psychological aspects of prevention of infanticide and social orphancy are outlined. Conceptual and applied issues of anonymous infant abandonment practices – such as addressing “wrong” target group of women who could have asked for help to raise children on themselves; violation of fathers’ rights; lack of possibility to learn about the origins of an abandoned person – are discussed. The experts’ attitudes towards implementation of “baby boxes” in Russia are analyzed briefly.

Keywords: social orphancy, newborn infant abandonment, infanticide prevention, abortion prevention, “baby box”, anonymous delivery, “Safe haven law”

Column: Applied Research and Practice

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