Foreign adoptions plunge in FY 2009 - more orphans for agencies requested

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported the State Department released the international adoption figures for fiscal year 2009. The reported numbers are no surprise, more than a month a ago, we already published the preliminary numbers, and the figure presented now are nearly identical.

Not surprising, but none the less distressing, is the enormous growth of Ethiopian adoptions. In 2000, the number of children adopted from Ethiopia was 95, while this year it has sky rocketed to 2277. With this sort of exponential growth, Ethiopia is following in the foot steps of Romania and Guatemala.

Most interesting about the Associated Press article are the responses of Chuck Johnson and Tom DiFilipo.

Chuck Johnson. chief operating officer of the special interest group National Council for Adoption (NCFA), which represents several of the largest christian adoption agencies, made the following statement:

"This drop is not a result of fewer orphans or less interest from American families in adopting children from other countries," he said. "All of us are very discouraged because we see the suffering taking place. We don't know how to fix it without the U.S. government coming alongside."

According to Johnson, the State Department considers its current adoption mandate to be assisting U.S. citizens with foreign adoption procedures and monitoring the integrity of foreign countries' adoption industries.

Johnson said he would like the mandate expanded to give the department explicit authority to encourage more international adoptions, and he suggested a first step could be made if Congress passed a proposed bill called the Families for Orphans Act.

Johnson also said all parties who have tolerated corrupt adoption practices bore some of the blame for the dwindling numbers.

"People in the practice of adoption worldwide have made ethical blunders that have cast a shadow over intercountry adoptions," he said. "It's highlighted how difficult it is for some of these countries to adequately supervise the adoption process, and led some countries to decide it's just not worth the effort."

Although remarkable that NCFA acknowledges the fact that corrupt practices contributed to the dwindling numbers of adoption, and that all parties that tolerated this bore some of the blame, Johnson negates that by turning those corrupt practices into ethical blunders. One doesn't make ethical blunders, one commits ethical crimes. A blunder implies good intentions. Child trafficking, coercion, falsified paper work and forged DNA results, are not blunders, those are crimes.

The AP article writes about Tom DiFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS), a trade association of adoption service providers, the following:

Thomas DiFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, predicted the numbers for fiscal 2010 would be even lower — down to about 9,800 — if adoptions from Vietnam remained suspended by the U.S. government and China continued to cut back.

DiFilipo said he'd like to see the State Department become a more active promoter of international adoption.

"One of their primary functions is to help potential adoptive parents, when their focus should be on children in need of adoptive families," DiFilipo said. "The Families for Orphans Act would fill that void."

In a way it is good to see both Chuck Johnson and Tom DiFilipo, being so transparent in their call to get the Orphans for Agencies Act  Families for Orphans Act 2009 through congress. With dwindling numbers of adoptions, adoption service providers are in dire straights, JCICS even acknowledged pending bankruptcy with their latest effort, Joint Council on International Childrens Services - Stakeholder initiative.

The Oprhans for Agencies Act Families for Orphans Act aims to give the US government control over the child welfare programs in other countries, to the benefit of adoption service providers in the US. The proposed bill is every adoption agency's pipe dream, aimed at an unprecedented level of access to children in other countries.

We have written before about the Oprhans for Agencies Act Families for Orphans Act, and demonstrated the incestuous relationships between congress and the adoption industry in relation to this proposed piece of legislation. The plunge inter-country adoptions have  taken, can create just the momentum to pass this atrocity of a bill. Please read Kill the bill: the Families for Orphans Act and the fraudulent ideology of permanency, to learn why this piece of legislation needs to be stopped and why now is the time.

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Increases

Despite an overall decline in inter-country adoption, there were 55 countries showing an increase. With the exception of Ethiopia and Ukraine, most increases are very modest. Still there are a few countries could potentially become problematic. Most notable is the increase from the Marshall Islands, which in the 1990's had child trafficking issues. Its return as a sending country is not a good sign. Uganda is another country that worries me, especially given the interest the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute has show.

Country

2008

2009 Difference
Ethiopia 1724 2277 553
Ukraine 490 610 120
Haiti 301 330 29
Nicaragua 10 28 18
Marshall Islands 6 22 16
Jamaica 39 54 15
Uganda 55 69 14
Guyana 25 38 13
South Korea 1065 1077 12
Democratic Republic of the Congo 9 21 12
Swaziland 11 11
Bulgaria 5 15 10
Morocco 12 20 8
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 12 8
Gambia 8 8
Japan 35 41 6
Lithuania 16 22 6
Tonga 1 7 6
Bangladesh 7 12 5
Eritrea 9 14 5
Laos 3 8 5
Afghanistan 5 5
Cote d'Ivoire 2 6 4
Senegal 4 4
Romania 2 5 3
Sri Lanka 2 5 3
Algeria 3 3
Canada 3 3
North Korea 3 3
Ghana 101 103 2
Zambia 6 8 2
Bosnia Herzegovina 1 3 2
Burundi 2 4 2
Greece 2 2
Benin 2 2
Burkina Faso 2 2
Palestine Authority 2 2
Iran 9 10 1
Samoa 1 2 1
Zimbabwe 1 2 1
Malawi 2 3 1
Egypt 1 2 1
Lesotho 1 2 1
Tunesia 1 1
Macedonia 1 1
Barbados 1 1
Argentine 1 1
Dominica 1 1
Equatorial Guinea 1 1
Fiji 1 1
France 1 1
Malaysia 1 1
Mozambique 1 1
Singapore 1 1
Vanuatu 1 1

Open, close, Open, close---revolving door of Int'l Adoption.

Ghana and Bulgaria are being pushed heavily by adoption agencies.
Note; Bulgaria was previously closed recently re opened.

and Romania

Romania is also being pushed MORE THAN heavily. Let's see next years stats...

Recycled countries

After controversy in Romanian adoptions, I find it interesting that Americans have a memory loss of the 1990s when all the Romanian adoption frauds were surfacing.

Another area of interest is Japan, this is a niche country that has 2 adoption agencies Across the World Adoptions (ATWA) and Partners for Adoption (PFA) operating with Mamas and Papas (an "organization" for Japan's Pregnant women). American contact is an older Japanese woman by the name of Yaz.

ATWA started a "open" adoption program in Japan and then 2 former employees were downsized they went to PFA (about 20 miles away) and took all the contact information for the Japan Program. This poster takes enjoyment out of one adoption agency screwing another.

The program works like this. PAPs put together a portfolio, and it is presented to the pregnant Japanese woman who then SELECTS the couple. The executive director at ATWA (also an Attorney) makes sure people understand that the pregnant japanese woman is selecting who(m) her child goes to. This is an open and legitimate independent adoption.

Japanese adoptions are not cheap, upwards of $40,000+ must be below a certain age. Japanese heritage is not necessary! Yaz, then arranges all the open adoption paperwork in Japan. The couple flies and finalizes the adoption and in some cases they do not have to pick the child up. The baby is delivered to the USA by Yaz the adoption facilitator.

So much for creating a niche and a market. These are hardly orphans but very valuable commodities in a competitive and downslipping industry.

Re- creating the wheel just gets more and more creative and clever!

US stats?

Thanks - very useful.

Are these the stats for adoptions to the US?

Indeed

Yes these are statistics for the number of children adopted through inter-country adoption in the US for FY 2009. The updated figures can be found one the US country page, under the link "adoption imports".

Open adoptions from Marshall Islands

Creative solution by JOURNEYS OF THE HEART.

Marshall Islands do not know the concept of full adoption. Mothers who relinquished their children believed they would come back when 18 years old. Similar to Samoa. And in fact, also in Ethiopia no full adoption exists....

But here the solution - another way to get children. Will this not be even more reason for the mothers to assume their children will return? And are such post-adoption reports enforceable, or just another empty promiss :

November 23, 2009 - Special Update

Short Waiting Times! Program Going Strong. Please email nancy@journeysoftheheart.net
Boy baby boys and girls are available for adoption now!

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The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) Program is unique in the world of international adoption. It combines elements of an international adoption withtravel to another country and aspects of a domestic adoption where a relationship with the birth mother and her extended family is developed and maintained.

Adopted children benefit from knowing that a birth mother loves and cares about them and by keeping connections to their origins. Journeys of the Heart requires the adopting parents to sign an agreement to send a minimum of pictures and a letter to the birth mother at least twice a year. This openness between the two families is an incredible gift for the child and one that many internationally adopted children will never receive. This program is for families who can sincerely embrace the idea of an open adoption with their child's birth family. The birth mother and her family generally welcome any contact including visits, phone calls or the required letters.

http://www.journeysoftheheart.net/international/pacific_islands.html

"Journeys of the Heart

"Journeys of the Heart requires the adopting parents to sign an agreement to send a minimum of pictures and a letter to the birth mother at least twice a year."

What a load of ....

Okay almost all places in U.S and Canada say the same..... just an advertising scheme nuthing more. it's not a law so if the AP's so wish they can lauph at it.. And most of them do. There are no laws... no watch dogs... to enforcement agencies... nuthing....

(In fact that is one of the key ways local agencies here in North America get parents to give up their children.... )

This is a ploy as old as the adoption industry it's self..

I suppose they think if it's worked over and over and over why not keep trying...

"This openness between the two families is an incredible gift for the child and one that many internationally adopted children will never receive."

This has all been said before and used as an advertising ploy... repeatedly.. They don't give people much credit for their intelligence if they keep saying the same lines of B.S... "Program is unique in the world of international adoption" No it's not .... see that word adoption is still in there... nuthing special or new or unique about it. The Republic of Marshall Islands is just another cash cow for people with no ethics... Until there are laws rules and transparency your gonna see these same lines of B.S over and over and over... why? It hasn't failed yet. Poor kids...

The only thing differant about their tactic this time is they put a number beside the phrase "You will get pictures and updates about your child."

The Nightmare Before

The Nightmare Before Christmas

December 20, 2009

T'was the night before Christmas, the four children slept
The "ss" were coming, their mother just wept!
Five burly policemen soon broke down the door,
We've come for your children, we must take all four!
The "ss" have told you "keep perfectly calm"
Your kids are at risk of emotional harm!
So struggling and kicking and screaming with fright
Four little children went off in the night!
The mother sat weeping, her children were lost
Adoption the target, and don't count the cost!
The welfare of children, that is the thing,
And think of the cash that adoption will bring!

Source: Legally Kidnapped, December 17, 2009

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I really hope some will be visited by the The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come.

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