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September 28, 2009 / thanhniennews.com
The newly proposed Adoption Law aims to tighten child adoption policy as several officials stand trial for illegally selling adoption rights. But the proposal is not without controversy.
Adoption centers should not be given the authority to introduce children to foreign or local adoptive parents as they are vulnerable to bribery, said Deputy Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung at a recent National Assembly Standing Committee session discussing the draft adoption law.
RECENT ADOPTION VIOLATIONS
The Nam Dinh Province People’s Court on Tuesday opened the trial of 16 former officials of medical and charity centers accused of faking documents to have more than 300 children adopted by foreigners for a price.
Prosecutors alleged that health staff and charity workers in the northern province cooperated with each other to fake documents, earning millions of dong each from 2005 to July 2008.
The accused, charged with “abuse of power on duty,” are former employees of medical centers, the center for children with difficulties in Y Yen District, and the Social Welfare Center of Truc Ninh District.
In related news, the president of an orphanage in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has been arrested for further investigations into allegations the children were being sold.
Provincial police last Friday said besides president Nguyen Van Manh, they are also investigating To Tuan Anh, who had established the Tia Sang (Ray of Light) School for orphan and disabled children. Anh has been accused of selling five children for VND20-25 million (US$1,122- 1,400) each from 2007 onwards.
School official Tran Van Huu who allegedly demanded and received money from people looking to adopt children has also been arrested.
Opened in Bao Loc Town early in 2002, Tia Sang School was dissolved late July after it was found to be in poor condition and unable to provide for the children’s needs.