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Round Table Discussion: ‘Reflection on Intercountry Adoption’

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

17 May 2017

The Dutch Parliament’s Permanent Committee on Safety and Justice organises a round table discussion about the RSJ report “Reflection on Intercountry Adoption”.

The Hague (open to the public)
24 mei 2017 | 14:00 – 18:00

Positions papers of the speakers, including me, can be found here (in Dutch).

English translation of my position paper: R Post Position Paper Dutch Parliament May 2017

Summary advisory report ‘Reflection on Intercountry Adoption’ of the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles (2 November 2016) is available here

Re-opening Romania’s intercountry adoptions: THE “LOBBY” FAILED!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

18 March 2014

The Romanian Members of the Committee for Labour and Social Protection of the Chamber of Deputies unanimously decided in its meeting of March 11, 2014 , not to endorse the legislative proposal on adoption prepared by the Adoption Lobby.

It is soon 10 years after the Romanian government ruled that adoption by non-related foreigners would be no more allowed. Even since attempts were made to re-open Romania. The so-called Adoption Lobby failed until now, despite all the negative media they were able to generate lately, using old images of  ’abandoned’ children.

No doubt, they will not give up. But at least, for now, they must be licking their wounds.

WHO WAS BEHIND THIS LATEST ATTEMPT? (more…)

Human Trafficking – The Stakeholders’ Perspective

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

I feel honored that I was asked to contribute to this important book.
For orders: SAGE PUBLICATIONS

Human Trafficking

The Stakeholders’ Perspective (more…)

Romania re-opens the export of children?

Friday, November 11th, 2011

According to the Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National Romania is ready to re-open the export of its children.

On Wednesday the Romanian Parliament voted for changing the adoption law. I have not yet been able to finish reading all the amendments, but it is clear that this would be a start in opening the doors.

It is now up to President Basescu to sign this amendment.

Will he keep his word?

‘Anyone can lobby in Brussels or anywhere else, but Romania will not change its adoption legislation, at least not as long as I am the President’

Press conference – 22 April 2010 – of EC President José Manuel Barroso and Romanian President Traian Basescu:

Wikileaks: Netherlands: Pending Adoption Cases in Romania

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Source: http://www.scoop.co.nz

Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 3:58 pm
Cable: Wikileaks
Ref: 06THEHAGUE617

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RR RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ
DE RUEHTC #0617 0811558
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 221558Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 5172
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST 1111
RUEHSF/AMEMBASSY SOFIA 0418
RUEHTV/AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV 2840
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS 0270

UNCLAS THE HAGUE 000617

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL CASC EU RO NL
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS: PENDING ADOPTION CASES IN ROMANIA

REF: STATE 43700

1. (SBU) Poloff delivered reftel demarche March 21 to MFA
Western and Central Europe policy officer Mara van der Poel,
who handles accession issues for Romania and Bulgaria. The
GONL is satisfied with the Romanian adoption law, which it
believes (despite our arguments) is in conformity with
international and EU conventions. Van der Poel cited
European Commission reports that indicated Romania had the
capacity to adopt needy children internally. Regarding
pending cases, she said that the GONL was satisfied with the
European Commission’s call for the Romanian government to
inform applicants of the status of their cases.

2. (SBU) When pressed by poloff, van der Poel said that,
frankly, the Romanian accession process faces hurdles which
are far more pressing that the adoption issue (for example,
corruption). She said that the GONL does not feel this is an
issue on which the Romanians should be distracted.
ARNALL

Wikileaks on US promotion of export of children

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Now that all Wikileaks’ cables are out in the open, I was able to find more cables about the Romanian adoption battle. In the coming days I will blog more about this, so stay tuned…

In my book Romania for Export Only I mentioned the letter sent by then US Deputy Secetary of State Richard Armitage to European Commissioner Gunter Verheugen.

Tuesday, 4 May 2004

A letter from US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to Commissioner Verheugen. This man had already been quoted some weeks ago in an article in the Herald Tribune, with as headline:

‘ROMANIA: LET YOUR CHILDREN GO’

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Reader’s reaction – Romania for Export Only

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tonight I got a phonecall from someone who had just finnished reading my book.

‘Reads like a thriller’, she said.

And she was curious about the follow-up. Will there be a happy ending?

That remains to be seen…

A bit of follow-up can already be seen at

Search a Chil, Pay Cash, the Adoption Lobby (September 2009):

http://www.romania-forexportonly.eu/2009/09/suche-kind-zahle-bar/

US pressure on Romania to re-open intercountry adoption

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Date:2011-05-06
Source:http://english.hotnews.ro

Romania is pressured to reopen adoptions for foreign citizens, Romania libera reads following a decision of Romanian authorities in 2005 to block the process. President Basescu gave plenty of assurances that the situation will not change in his mandate. Meanwhile, Romania is under a lot of pressure from US and EU officials to reopen the adoptions program for foreign citizens. (more…)

The Romanian “adoption industry”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Tonight the German TV is again broadcasting Search a Child, Pay Cash – The Adoption Lobby, as part of their weeklong Focus on Europe.

As we know, the Adoption Lobby is, despite its public exposure, continuing like before.

Translation – German text HERE

The Romanian “adoption industry”

EU official Roelie Post (right) talking to a couple who adopted a Romanian child

After the collapse of socialism and the Soviet bloc many children were mediated abroad for adoption. But behind the humanitarian goals were often entrenched economic interests, some organizations earned per child up to 20,000 dollars and donated plenty to local “organizations” that provided children from the childrens’ homes.Romania developed in 1989 to a children’s country of export. A regular “adoption industry” rich western countries was established. That led to cases like  Marineta Ciofu whose child disappeared without her consent. In this way, more than 30,000 Romanian children were placed abroad.
 
As a result, Romania decided in 2004 fully against international adoption and since then supports families in need directly, so they are no longer dependent on homes. The adoption organizations, especially those from the United States, were against these storm of regulations. The Romanian government was and is since then under enormous pressure from lobbyists. Even the NATO accession of Romania has been linked to the issue of foreign adoptions, is announced by the former EU enlargement Commissioner Gunther Verheugen.

Watch on Tuesday 12 April 2011, 23.00 o’clock a film by Golineh Atai. The author shows how the system of international adoptions functions and how political pressure is applied to facilitate the business with children.

The business in ‘orphans’

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

“There are times, sadly, when you must be cruel to be kind.”

This morning I read that quote in the UK Daily Mail Online: The scandal of orphanages in tourist resorts and disaster zones that rent children to fleece gullible Westerners.

A part from the adoption lobby, that’s what I found the most incredible when visiting the Romanian ‘orphanages’: the orphan tourism and the omnipresence of foreigners. More and more children’s homes were set up by foreigners, often with the goal of ‘saving’ children for adoption.

Quote from Romania for Export Only – the untold story of the Romanian ‘orphans’: (more…)