InterCountry Adoptee Voices (ICAV), previously known as ICASN (InterCountry Adoptee Support Network) began in 1998 in Sydney, Australia as a support network created by intercountry adoptees for intercountry adoptees, of any country of origin.
ICAV’s informal network has grown to include adoptees and adoptee led groups from around the world. Today, ICAV provides a platform for adoptees to connect in, share, educate, and advocate to the wider public about the issues we face – political, social and emotional, including the not so positive aspects of intercountry adoption.
ICAV is one of the major adult intercountry adoptee led platforms that brings together and encourages adoptees / groups to advocate for the needs and rights of intercountry adoptees.
Our main focus is to push for better pre and post adoption supports by our governments who facilitated our adoptions; to ensure those of us already adopted, have improved options to enhance the possibility of better outcomes, throughout our life long journey.
ICAV believes in the Rights of the Child as per the UNCRC and promote within adoptee groups, the need for greater education about this and The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption so adoptees can be informed in their advocacy.
Intercountry adoptees are finding their voices and speaking out enmasse!
ICAV provides a growing list of Adoptee Voices expressed as written Individual Stories or Multimedia platforms, individual views on a specific topic as Perspective Papers, Books we’ve written, Research led by intercountry adoptees, and Artwork.
ICAV also provides a growing list of Adoptee Led Groups around the world who are members of the ICAV FB group and/or have given permission for ICAV to list their group.
ICAV hosts a private Facebook group for intercountry and transracial adoptees only.
The public ICAV Facebook News Page captures the latest news and information from around the world, consolidated and provided in one spot.