By Philip Sherwell in Guatemala City, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 2:05am BST 04/09/2007
American couples are flocking to the hotels of Guatemala City, but not to see the country's ancient Mayan remains nor the capital's more limited modern charms. Instead they are flying south in droves in the hope of embracing a bouncing new addition to their families - a baby, priced at about $30,000 (£15,000).
I seriously started looking into the wheelings and dealings of the adoption industry, when coming across the work of David Smolin, who wrote several papers on the issue of child trafficking in relation to international adoption. In these papers Smolin tells how in third world countries money is made by putting pressure on women with just born babies, by stealing babies and by corrupt orphanages.
Donna was the youngest patient I recall being on 6 West. The Respiratory and Renal unit no longer exists. Funny how things disappear once I leave... Six-West was a nightmare of a floor. I called it The Roach Motel… people checked-in but they didn’t check-out without everything being tagged and put into bags, first. The official nursing specialty of the 36-bed unit was chronic respiratory and renal disorders. Lungs and kidneys. Breathing and urinating. Most patients were dialysis dependent, and very sick. We had four ventilat
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP): Some 100 children in urgent need of medical help remained in the hands of traffickers in Haiti who were seeking to sell them for adoption, one week after 48 kids were rescued from the same place, an intergovernmental organization said Friday.
I typically wake at 5am to work on the website, reading, writing and editing - before the brood wakes needing breakfast. This morning was no different, only, I fell asleep after posting this morning's poll question.
I woke to the sight of my youngest daughter toting a very large fuzzy blanket. She was placing it on top of me. I smiled a sleepy smile. She said, "You looked cold"
Then there are man-made disasters that are called foreclosures.
This is the stuff that makes a family go homeless because for whatever reason, the parent/s can no longer afford to pay their monthly bills and mortgage payments to the bank.
Oddly enough, banking companies, like The Freddie Mac Foundation supports adoption, perhaps as a reinvestment initiative for the future. I would like to think rebuilding a community, while keeping families together, would be the focused, ultimate goal, (like they show on Extreme Makeover), but I'm not exactly sure what a banking-firm's interest would be in terms of the adoption industry. Would anyone care to guess what's really going on in the minds of people "helping build new futures?"
Half a century of adoption history in the Netherlands
On 1 November 1956, half a century ago to the day, the Dutch adoption law came into force. Since then, 60 thousand children have been adopted in the Netherlands. Approximately two-thirds of them came from other countries.
From foster status to legal status
In the first half of the twentieth century, more and more children were placed with foster parents. The legal position of foster parents and foster children was not very solid, because the biological parents could always reclaim the child. The foster parents were not legally obliged to provide for the child. This changed, when the adoption law was introduced in 1956, which made it possible for a foster family to adopt a foster child as their legitimate child.
Such non-stepparent adoptions do not involve (one of) the biological parents. Since 1979, the law also allows for stepparents to adopt a child: the (new) partner of one of the biological parents adopts his or her stepchild.
Rapid increase adoptions in the 1970s
Until the late 1960s, a few hundred children were adopted in the Netherlands each year. Nearly all of them were Dutch children relinquished for adoption by unwed mothers.
On the website of the Councel on Accreditation, responsible for the accreditation of adoption agencies, I found the following snippet.
PURPOSE: Adoption Services establish a permanent family for children and youth awaiting adoption, and increase the well-being and functioning of birth parents, adoptive families, and adopted individuals.
I was wondering which child is really awaiting adoption? Isn't the COA mistaken and shouldn't it read "prospective parents awaiting adoption"?
Not without any reason do certain governments discourage parents from adopting overseas babies, since this is a driving force behind child abandonment in many third world countries: Romania, India, Guatemala, to name only a few.
The adoption lobby to keep children coming to the western world is already too powerful, we don't need another supporter of adoption, especially not one who wants to speed up procedures in the best interest of...
If we want to do something for children in poor countries and I believe we should, we can support programs that support local care, programs that support family preservation. Do we have to be so greedy we need a child in return of our "humanitarian" actions.
By Ellen Connolly
August 12, 2007 12:00am
ACTRESS Deborra-lee Furness will form an adoption action group to lobby governments to change the law to make it easier to adopt.
Furness said she had received overwhelming public support accusing federal and state governments of discouraging parents from adopting overseas babies.
In an article in The Sunday Telegraph last week, Furness told of how she and her husband, Hugh Jackman, were forced to return to the US to adopt Oscar, 7, and Ava, 2, because of red tape and bureaucracy.
"We'll continue to push until we get some changes made because this is an injustice to Australian families,'' Furness said.
Children being viewed as a commodity, that can be bought to fit the parents needs; it is expressedly voiced, by so-called superstar Ricky Martin. Wanting a child from each continent reads to me like words from a collector not from a parent to be.
Call me stupid, but I always thought nature had an answer to the question where babies come from. This piece of consumer information from the Chicago Sunday Times tells how lucky some adoptive parents have been in the purchase of a child.
Not a single word about the children!!! Who's best interest is served here?
Countries with children available for U.S. parents can change dramatically