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

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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.

General Information

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

Journal rubric: Applied Research and Practice

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Archakova T.O. Practices of anonymous infant abandonment in Europe and the USA: the diversity of approaches. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2012. Vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 103–115. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Tatyana O. Archakova, Psychologist and Methodologist, Charity Child Foundation “Victoria”, Charity Foundation “Volunteers to Help Orphans”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6161-2946, e-mail: tatyana.archakova@gmail.com

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