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by Hilary on Sunday, 16 March 2008

Yeah, folks, live ain't easy for the adoption world.

The Hunan scandal had nicely dried up without too much damage.  Olympics may slow down China this year, but no doubt next year the business will pick up again.

And then we should not having some Dutch TV programme spoiling the fun, by claiming that not only the Chinese oprhanages pay 400 dollar for 'abandoned' babies. No, this time it was revealed that the Chinese family planning authorities pro-actively take children away from their families (if those cannot pay the fin!!! so the rich may keep their children). And even if some poverty stricken farmers find ways to round up the money, they are told it is too late: the children are now abroad, changed identity and can never be retraced.

And it is not about 10 children, or 100. No, it may well be 1.000. Or more??

But after some initial Dutch reporting, it is silent  - sooooo silent in the adoption world.

by Hilary on Wednesday, 20 February 2008

from: sfin.ro

Many European organizations involved in a forceful lobby for the resumption of international adoptions

October 9, 2006
Robert Veress
Saptamana Financiara

It isn’t charity, it is business. The European Parliament’s resolution - adopted on the 10

by Hilary on Friday, 15 February 2008

Since a while there is a new - strong - voice in the world of adoption.

United Adoptees International are speaking out.  The children have grown up...

"The UAI wants to participate and if necessarily enforce influence on the (adoption) society where the rights and lives of adoptees and children are endangered.The UAI became last few years an important opinion leader in the Netherlands and abroad in the field of Intercountry Adoption."

The UAI is now ONLINE:

UAI Blog
UAI NewsBlog


by Hilary on Wednesday, 06 February 2008

It is not easy to force a country giving up its children for adoption. It needs perseverance, bribes (sorry: aid projects), some legal advice to change the laws. And it needs to maintain that country's image of not being able to look after their children, of not being a place where people grow up save.

But luckily there is the worldwide media that can help on this pivotal mission.

The pressure on Bulgaria and Romania to re-open intercountry adoptions to the larger world is skyrocketing. The countries are now members of the European Union, so why any longer stick to the rules of respect of children's rights (which was a condition to get into the EU)? But know what: these countries are resisting. They think they can look after their children.

So how to pressure them? By exposing them as bad bad villains.

For BULGARIA: show their most vulnerable disabled children without any respect for their privacy.

by Hilary on Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Hidden in a long Resolution of the European Parliament are some troubling recommendations to the European Commission. It is about the drafting of the EU Strategy for Children's rights.

Widely adopted by a large majority of the European Parliament, on 16 January, and probably not understood by many. At least that's what I hope, otherwise the world is even more evil than I thought.

In fine bureaucratic language the European Parliament calls for the creation of a Community Instrument to facilitate intercountry adoptions. What that is? No idea. Perhaps a special law making adoption child protection priority number one. Or a special grantscheme (money, honey) for adoption agencies to finance their costs for exploring new markets?

And what do they mean with 'quality of care with regard to information services'?

If anyone has any clue about what the hell this democratically elected bunch is having in mind, please enlighten us:

by Hilary on Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Taken with permission from www.romania-forexportonly.blogspot.com

Do those people ever think about the mothers, the families, the children?

No, it is all about getting children for adoption - and legalising a perfect agency run adoption industry.
Exploitation of the poor, modern slavery, child laundering - you choose!

Disappearance of newborn babies for illegal adoption in Europe

The trafficking of babies from the Ukraine was already a fact in 1995. Ten years later, in 2005, the Council of Europe requested an investigation to clarify if babies were still declared stillborn, but in reality sold for adoption.

The fact-finding mission of Ms. Ms Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold brought heart-breaking stories and confirmed all suspicion.

In a recent interview Ms. Vermot-Mangold gives harrowing examples of how mothers were fooled by doctors and made to believe their babies were stillborn. She believes it likely that those children ended up for intercountry adoptions, as this market exists since long,

Her investigations in Moldova showed different practices: strong pressures is put on poor and/or single mothers to leave their child in an orphanage, most likely for reasons of intercountry adoption as mothers who later reclaim their child do that in vain. Also newspaper advertisements can be found in Moldova, in which women are incited to sell their babies for 3.000 euros.

Ms. Vermot-Mangold goes on to say that trafficking in babies also exists in Bulgaria, but that Romania is at the moment less concerned as it has banned intercountry adoptions.

This is an important conclusion, as it is indeed the existing adoption market that triggers the sale of children. Before Romania closed intercountry adoptions the same issues as in Ukraine, Moldova existed: babies declared dead at birth, mothers incited to abandon children.

However, Ms. Vermot-Mangold is not of the opinion that a ban on adoptions is appropriate, without saying why not, but that stricter rules are needed and that adoptions need to be done through adoption agencies which strictly control the procedure.

However, those who read Romania for Export Only know that adoption agencies are part of the problem, not the solution.

But now the most amazing part.

On 24 January the Council of Europe’s General Assemblee discussed Ms. Vermot-Mangold’s findings and presented a draft Recommendation ‘Disappearance of newborn babies for illegal adoption in Europe’.

Read the mind-boggling press release in which the Council of Europe announces their view on how to prevent the sale of children:

By stricter rules, in particular for post adoption monitoring...
but that’s not where the problem exists: it is how children are 'freed' for adoption where things go very wrong.

And what about the press release's catchy title? Stricter rules, no:

Assembly calls for easing of adoption rules