Hope for couples who bought children from trafficking ring
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH
January 28, 2013 / thestar.com
GEORGE TOWN: Those who bought children from the recently-busted child trafficking ring may be able to get them back, if they go through the proper channels this time.
Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the couples should apply to the state Welfare Department.
“But first, the children’s biological parents need to be traced to determine why they gave them away,” he said yesterday.
Phee also said the children’s attachment to their adoptive parents should be taken into consideration.
“We are concerned about the effects of separation,” he said.
The children are believed to have been placed in a shelter home in Johor.
On Friday, four women and a man claimed trial in a Butterworth Sessions Court to trafficking in seven children between 2008 and Jan 16 this year.
Police busted the child trafficking syndicate with the arrest of 33 people and the rescue of nine children aged between two months and eight years.
Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi had said the syndicate sold babies and children for between RM18,000 and RM30,000.
Penang Welfare Department (JKM) director Zulkifli Ismail said there were a lot of applications by couples who wanted to adopt, resulting in a long waiting list.
“The demand is high and it’s not every day that we have a child found or given to us.
“But when there is a child available, we quickly contact the couple who has waited the longest,” he said.
He added that the department would monitor the progress of those given up for adoption to ensure they were safe with their new families.
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Infant child trafficking and a child's best interest
It needs to be noted what was said about another "busted" child trafficking case involving baby brokers, "desperate" PAPs, and the modern-day adoption industry that gives little care to the traumas felt by the infant/newborn and the many ways maternal deprivation (forced separation from the birth-mother) affects that newborn/infant:
Sugar-coat all you want, this practice - otherwise known as coercion - is NOT in a child's best interest. Plain and simple, coerced infant adoption serves the wants and desires of private operators (adoption facilitators and adoption lawyers) and adopters wanting an infant, not the infant left to deal with a life-time of adoption issues rooted in the fear of rejection and abandonment.
Adding insult to injury, I almost choked when I read the Penang Welfare Department (JKM) director's final comment:
Without long-term mandatory post-placement monitoring, how can child safety be guaranteed? (What AP "desperate" for an infant will agree to this requirement/stipulation made by an adoption lawyer or adoption agency? And how likely is this 'requirement' going to be implemented and maintained on a long-term basis -- over 5 years?)
As PPL's token resident angry adoptee ( relinquished immediately after-birth, made possible through private adoption), speaking on behalf of abused adoptees, I need to ask: when will birth-mothers AND adopters learn there is significant damage and risk that's being overlooked in Adoptionland, and this damage being done to adoptees is, in many cases, not worth the value and praise given to the pro-life/pro-adoption movement?
Hope for the couples, but not for the families who lost children, or the infants who may never get their families back.
The world's vision is absolutely skewed, isn't it?
Well, for those who insist adoption is "God's Design", they will insist those newborns were NOT wanted, but saved because the mothers were given the promise that those "chosen children" would be given loving parents, through adoption. The subtext to this is: God makes a mistake when he chooses the "wrong" woman to get pregnant, and corrects that mistake through the American adoption industry.
To better understand how women are coerced out of abortion and into adoption, one really needs to follow how top-selling agencies, like Bethany Christian Services, operate. For instance, this mega adoption giant just recently they made national news, as numbers related to ICA came out:
I'm not suggesting all APs are negligent or bad; some can be amazingly good. However, adoption itself is a choice that needs careful consideration, especially since scientific study PROVES maternal deprivation can cause serious health risks and conditions in the infant, such as:
Bottom line, some adoption issues never really go away for the adoptee. Sometimes the effects of forced separation/maternal deprivation manifest themselves in physical ways, like IBS, or other gastric dysfunctions. Other times the effects of adoption (forced separation) manifest themselves through "unwanted" behaviors, like an inability to bond or trust others. It comes down to this: The fear of abandonment (and all the stress that goes with it) is one of those not openly discussed issues - because even most adoptees don't want to discuss it too much - and yet the issue is very real for any child NOT kept by a parent.
Therefore, I totally agree: The world's vision is absolutely skewed. WHY the broken relationship between mother and child is celebrated as it is by so many within the adoption community really alludes and escapes me.... and such cheering makes me both sad and sick.