US halts adoption of abandoned children in Nepal

Date: 2010-08-06
Source: google.com

By DAVID CRARY (AP)

NEW YORK — The U.S. government on Friday suspended the adoption of abandoned children from Nepal because of concerns about unreliable and fabricated documents.

The State Department said the suspension would take effect immediately, although it will continue to consider adoption applications already in the pipeline on a case-by-case basis. About 80 such cases are pending.

More than 60 Nepalese children were adopted by Americans in 2006. The number dropped to six last year as U.S. officials intensified warnings about possible problems.

The State Department acted after finding numerous cases where Nepalese children's birth certificates were falsified and orphanage officials refused to assist efforts to confirm information.

Because of the unreliable documents and "the general situation of noncooperation with and even active hindrance of investigations," U.S. authorities can no longer accurately determine whether a child qualifies as an orphan, the State Department said.

It cited one case where the birth parents were actively searching for a child who had been matched with an American family for adoption.

Regarding the pending cases, the State Department said they would be approved only if supported by reliable evidence.

"Every effort will be made to process their cases as expeditiously as possible with the best interests of children in mind," it said.

U.S. officials said the duration of the suspension would depend on the pace with which Nepal's government implements more rigorous oversight of adoptions.

One step in this direction would be to ratify the Hague Convention, with sets standards for international adoptions.

According to the State Department, numerous other countries — including Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy and Britain — have recently suspended adoptions from Nepal based on similar concerns.

Chuck Johnson, head of the private National Council for Adoption, expressed dismay at the suspension, saying it would consign many Nepalese orphans to longer stays in institutions.

"It's a sad day for us children's advocates," he said. "When you suspend adoptions due to concerns of abuse, you're also preventing the adoption of legal and legitimate orphans. ... There will be suffering, profound psychological and physical effects."

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Crocodile tears

"When you suspend adoptions due to concerns of abuse, you're also preventing the adoption of legal and legitimate orphans. ... There will be suffering, profound psychological and physical effects."

Last year the US imported 6 children from Nepal, and in no year more than 73, so how has adoption ever contributed in any significant way to reduced the "suffering and profound psychological and physical effects" of Nepales children? Despite the low numbers of adoption from Nepal, there have been issues of illegal adoptions for more than a decade. Despite all the "suffering" and its profundities, it has always been hard to find adoptable children in Nepal.

Wait...let me get my boots

Seems to me those who go on a public boo-hoo-fest are the ones who profit most from the sale of foreign children. [See:  NCFA ]

Maybe I'd have more compassionate interest if American adoption advocates showed more care and concern for the millions of American foster children suffering profound psychological and physical effects gifted through poor private and state-care, each and every year.

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