Council of Europe and EC conference aimed at re-trafficking Romanian children again.
- MEPs debate Romanian adoptions
- Romania’s lost orphans adopted abroad are they dead or alive now; who knows, who cares?
- When children become a commodity
- Battle of international adoptions reaches peak
- Child traffickers prey on Romania
- Romania’s orphans – millions of euro at stake
- When they closed the Romanian “baby shops”
- Italians finally give back stolen Romania children
- High Level external pressure
- Romania for Export Only
No one will ever forget the Romanian orphanages of the communist times as many thousands of children were left in the care of a communist regime that simply didn’t care for them. After Communism ended in late 1989, the orphanages remained open for the best part of the next decade.
It was therefore a blessing in the late 1990s when Romania along with the full backing of the EU took the bull by the horns and decided to end the misery of these children and to close the large old-style children’s home, while creating foster care, family-type homes etc.
The ‘orphanages’ were literally breeding grounds for many agencies masked as NGOs that would paint a wall or two, give some second hand clothes and a few candies to the children, do a few repairs which only helped keep the orphanage open and all of this was done to allow their agents to literally take children for international adoption to the foreign Countries and make a huge profit in doing so, at up to 30.000 euro per child.
The EU actually made it a part of Romania’s EU accession negotiations that Romania needed cleaning up its childcare practices and stopping the trafficking of children masked as intercountry adoptions, as they were not considered in the best interest of the child. The Romanian adoption law, implementing the Hague Adoption Convention, had dramatically failed.
The European Commission, however, got confronted with a strong international lobby that wanted Romania to keep intercountry adoptions open – it is all described in Romania – For Export Only.
By 2006 some of Europe’s largest intercountry adoption support groups had infiltrated the European Parliament.
See video of a2008 press conference.
Now on the 30th of November and 1st of December 2009 a joint Conference of the European Commission and the Council of Europe is being held. The European Commission obviously changed side. Already the preparation of the Conference has caused a real stir after Jurnalul National exposed the underhand way in which the conference was organized, and actual doubtful practices in the organising of the conference.
MEP Jean Marie Cavada, another staunch supporter of intercountry adoptions who chaired the 2006 conference, quickly withdrew his participation after the Jurnalul news scandal broke and was replaced by former MEP Claire Gibault. Gibault can be sarcastically described as the mother of inter-country adoptions as she too was a driving force in the 2006 conference along with Cavada and De Combret.
With the EU’s full support Romania stopped its trade in children and gave them full rights and protection from being trafficked under whatever disguise in 2005, when the new Romanian law that banned Intercountry adoption entered into force.
This will and must never happen as children are innocent and precious to us all and are the future of all of our EU countries.