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Zeina Ismail-Allouche

I'm interested in the narratives of youths who have experienced transracial and intercountry adoption, particularly in the context of the global refugee crisis.

With over 20 years of international experience working in the child welfare sector, Zeina has contributed to international initiatives promoting family strengthening and participated in the drafting of UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care for Children. Zeina has co-written a book chapter on the challenges facing indigenous youth coming of age out of care in Canada. She has published many articles on the reform of the child welfare sector.


Individualized Program (Applied Human Studies, Oral History, Theatre)


English, French, Arabic


Elizabeth Fast, Steven High, Ursula Neuerburg-Denzer

Zeina Allouche: the impact of intercountry adoption



  • November 2019 A day in the revolution. 4th space Concordia, Public Scholar Showcase
  • November 2019 Panelist, Unsettling series, Concordia University.
  • October 2019 Chancellors Builders Dinner.
  • October 2019 Critical listening as a form of activism. Performance and conflict II: Listening, performance, and conflict, AllLAB, Concordia University.
  • June 2019 Adoption via Lebanon; History and facts. Intercountry Adoption; An Invisible Narrative of War, Badael-Alternatives, Lebanon.
  • May 2019 The potential ethical dilemmas of collaborating on a research exploring the life stories of transracial/Indigenous adoptees. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, US.
  • May 2019 A conversation with survivors' stories. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, US. 
  • May 2019 When I was a child… A flashback through performative games. International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, US.
  • May 2019 Towards reforming the services for youths transitioning out of care. Sanad Forum, Cairo, Egypt.

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