Dutch couple seek adoption of Czech Romany child in vain
Prague, Dec 29 (CTK) - A Dutch couple, Ester and Nico, are seeking the adoption of a Romany child in vain in the Czech Republic where they moved three years ago, the daily Lidove noviny (LN) reports Monday.
They complain that they have so far met with an exorbitant bureaucracy of the Czech authorities that demand an "infinite" number of forms and certificates from them.
"It is unbelievable that everything lasts so long here. We understand that a child cannot be placed in anybody's custody but why does it take such a long time" Nico, 41, told the paper.
Yet Czech childless couples are usually not interested in adopting Romany kids and prefer "a healthy white baby," and this is why Romany children in Czech institutional care are often adopted by foreign families, LN recalls.
Ester and Nico, who live with their disabled son Vincent near Hradec Kralove, east Bohemia, on the basis of a permanent residence permit, turned to the Czech authorities with their adoption application a year ago. They said they would like to gradually adopt a few Romany kids.
The couple had to fulfill a number of requirements from Czech clerks, but they always demanded more documents, LN writes.
At present Ester and Nico say they are not sure whether they will be allowed to adopt at least one child. "We have a feeling that the Czech state does not want it," Ester told LN.
They had to repeatedly prove, for instance, that they would really stay and live in the Czech Republic, Nico said.
He said they both work in the country where they took a mortgage on a house and have nothing left over in the Netherlands.
"What else but our obligations shall we submit to prove that we want to live here?" Nico asks.
However, the Regional Office in Hradec Kralove dismissed the objections, saying it was a standard procedure under the respective Czech law in similar cases.
The paper adds that the complete adoption procedure in the Czech Republic is to take some 10 months from submitting the application to the final decision, but in practice it is sometimes longer.
Nico also said he and his wife were discriminated against by the Czech authorities.
They had to pass all psychological tests and interviews and fill in all forms in the Czech language, which they consider a disadvantage in the procedure. It would be easier for them to communicate with the authorities in English though they command Czech relatively well, they said.
Anna Stara, from the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry, told LN that foreigners seeking adoption in the Czech Republic can use the services of an interpreter, but they have to pay for them from their own pockets as the state does not cover such expenses.
The adoption applicants must meet a lot of requirements. Stara explained in LN that they must submit their personal data and medical reports on their health condition, a social worker then inspects their household, and the authorities assess their income level as well as their physical and psychological preconditions for raising a child.
The paper writes that after their negative experience with Czech red tape, Nico and Ester are slowly giving up their original plans and are considering helping the abandoned Romany kids in another way at least.
"It is strange. We are offering to the state to provide a quality life for children whom no one wants, but the state cannot decide whether to accept our offer or not," the Dutch couple told LN.
- Login to post comments
- 3004 reads
More awareness is needed
While I believe there are indeed good decent people wanting to adopt, I also believe their impatience to have "their" child is not at all in the best interest of the child... especially if that child could quite possibly leave the country once adopted.
Perhaps more PAPs would understand "all the questions" and requirements from state social workers if they knew how their answers could alter the final placement of the child.
In terms of what PAP could do about the problem of children suffering in orphanages, I very much liked the comment made here: "Nico and Ester are slowly giving up their original plans and are considering helping the abandoned Romany kids in another way at least."
There is an excellent story about the benefits mentoring brings a child who needs "loving care". The article can be read here: "Milena's mentor stays on the case"
I did not know myself...
The urge to adopt is sometimes called addictive among the many adoptive families that I know. It has been that people were MAKING these adoptions happen by KNOWING the right things to say and do which brings on the addiction: getting what I want at all costs.
I thought the same thing: "we have such a fine home to offer," which was bullshit! It takes time to be prepared to adopt and in no way do I see this couple looking at the real picture. Just wanting to does not make it the right thing to do. And like Kerry said, " their impatience to have "their" child is not at all in the best interests of the child. Adoption requires more than being a teen aged baby sitter to qualify to raise another human being.
What did I ever do to deserve this... Teddy
In whose hands?
Oh I had to laugh my sickened laugh at this because who keeps making these adoptions happen (at all costs)? PRIVATE ADOPTION AGENCES!
[And people wonder why I doubt God's Hands in Adoption-land?!?]