Romania: a new step towards the release of international adoptions


Romania: a new step towards the release of international adoptions
The legislative proposal of the Association Catharsis Romania to resume international adoptions has made another step forward: the members of the Commission on Human Rights, Cults and National Minorities Issues with the Chamber of Deputies assigned to the task deputy Sergiu Andon to follow the construction, from a technical standpoint, the bill will be ‘discussed in Parliament.

“It ‘s great news for us, the committee’s decision proves that we are on track. We believe that we will give the children a loving family as they deserve. If things go well it is hoped that the early summer of the law is passed and enacted ” said nitrogen Popescu, president of Catharsis.

According to Popescu, while in 2004 in Romania were approximately 44,000 abandoned children, in 2010 their number reached nearly 80,000. Most of them are institutionalized and Romania each state spends about € 10,000 a year. On the other hand, according to official figures provided by the management association in the district of Brasov, there are about 600 children adopted from Romania and only 60 families wishing to adopt. “Unfortunately, in the case of abandoned children in Romania begins with institutionalization and you end up the same with the institutionalization. Normally, this should only be used when all alternatives have been exhausted ” , said Popescu.

The members of the House of Representatives have asked the promoters of the proposal to provide articles and paragraphs from the international instruments of private international law that promote adoption. A week ago, the association’s lawyers have sent to Bucharest a dossier that includes 16 pieces of legislation that refer to international adoptions , documents including the 1998 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on the protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, the European Convention on the Adoption of Children, adopted in Strasbourg in April 1967 and the Treaties of Maastricht and Lisbon on the European Union, all these pieces of legislation signed and ratified by Romania .

Also, with the documents requested by Members, the Association Catharsis has introduced a new series of letters received from abroad , families from New Zealand or the United States, couples in the 90s have adopted orphans from Romania.Many of the letters received from families who reside in Canada, Romania, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Norway and the United States, which ‘was denied the right to adopt a child from Romania only for the fact that they have permanent residence abroad.Several families of the letters that although they had approved the dossier, were unable to complete the procedure because of the moratorium of 2001.

(Source: of 22/02/2011)

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