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WOMEN WITH GUTS

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Dutch Feminist Monthly Magazine:  OPZIJ – Summer 2013
July/August 2013

In my fight against the trade in children, I will not bow to intimidation

(informal translation from Dutch)

As Dutch civil servant at the European Commission Roelie Post was confronted with child trafficking for adoption. But if one dares to touch that issue, one gets to do with the adoption lobby.
People posted for my home, I was followed whereby gestures were made as if a gun was drawn. My office, at home, was broken into and I found a plastic gun on my doorstep.

Despite the intimidations and threats I refuse to compromise. Someone must have the guts to speak out for these children. (more…)

India’s orphans, for export only?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

India’s Orphans, FOR EXPORT ONLY?

Reflection on intercountry adoptions, after reading ‘Romania for Export only, the untold story of the Romanian orphans’

by Anant Asthana

Business of selling children in the garb of “Adoption” goes on and it is hard to dismantle this adoption-mafia which has come up in India.

The author is a lawyer in Supreme Court of India.
This column is narration of his experiences and views while he is now looking into adoption issue in India.
He can
be contacted at anant.asthana@gmail.com
Full article HERE


Battle of international adoptions reaches peak

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Source: http://www.jurnalul.ro

The European Commission Forges Official Report
Autor: MIRCEA OPRIS 3 decembrie 2010

The European Commission has falsified an official report, released only partially exactly one year ago, during the Conference on Challenges in Adoption Procedures in Europe, in Strasbourg from 30 November to 1 December 2009. Exclusively for Jurnalul National several experts testified about the pressure put on their work by high-rank European Commission officials, in order to get to the conclusion that there is a need for the establishment of a European Adoption Agency. The stake of the new agency: creating a “market” for European adoptions in which Romania would be forced to reopen international adoptions. Behind this decision are pro-adoption lobbies from France, Italy, Spain and the United States. (more…)

The European Commission Forges Official Report

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
EXCLUSIVE
Battle of international adoptions reaches peak
by Mircea Opris
3 December 2010

The European Commission has falsified an official report, released only partially exactly one year ago, during the Conference on Challenges in Adoption Procedures in Europe, in Strasbourg from 30 November to 1 December 2009.

Exclusively for Jurnalul National several experts testified about the pressure put on their work by high-rank European Commission officials, in order to get to the conclusion that there is a need for the establishment of a European Adoption Agency. The stake of the new agency: creating a “market” for European adoptions in which Romania would be forced to reopen international adoptions. Behind this decision are pro-adoption lobbies from France, Italy, Spain and the United States. (more…)

Raport oficial falsificat de Comisia Europeană

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Source:    http://www.jurnalul.ro
Bătălia adopţiilor internaţionale a ajuns la apogeu

Autor: MIRCEA OPRIS 
3 decembrie 2010

Comisia Europeană a falsificat un ra port oficial, prezentat parţial exact cu un an în urmă, la Congresul despre Drep turile Copilului de la 30 noiembrie-1 decembrie 2009, la Strasbourg. 

În exclusivitate pentru Jurnalul Na ţional, câţiva experţi care au întocmit ra portul povestesc despre presiunile la care au fost suspuşi de Comisia Eu ro peană pentru a impune conclu zia că este nevoie de înfiin ţa rea unei Agen ţii Europene pentru Adopţii. (more…)

When they closed the Romanian “baby shops”

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Thu, 2010-06-03 15:49

Informal translation.  Original article :    Cuando cerraron los “baby shops” de Rumania

When they closed the Romanian “baby shops”
“There have been moments when we took more into account the interests of the parents then those of the children”
“The Irene Foundation, the Romanian associate of the Spanish agency ADECOP, was the best in manoeuvering bribery”
“As the US managed to get exceptions to the moratorium on international adoptions in Romania, we wanted an equitable treatment” (more…)

Cuando cerraron los “baby shops” de Rumania

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Source: Periodismo Humano

31.05.2010 · Luna Bolívar

“Hubo momentos en los que tuvimos más en cuenta los intereses de los padres que los de los menores”

“La Fundación Irene, la socia rumana de la agencia española ADECOP, era la mejor en el manejo de la corrupción”

“Si EE UU había logrado excepciones a la prohibición de las adopciones internacionales en Rumania, nosotros queríamos un trato igualitario”

“Señor delegado, quiero recalcar y dejar claro- aunque sé que no a todo el mundo le gusta escuchar esto- que entre la protección de un niño rumano y el deseo de unos padres procedentes de países en los que la adopción se ha puesto moda, nosotros optaremos siempre por lo primero”, contestaba el alemán Günter Verheugen, entonces comisario de Ampliación, a la pregunta que el 12 de marzo de 2002 le había formulado el europarlamentario español José María Gil Robles en una sesión de control del organismo comunitario. (more…)

‘Child wanted, cash paid’ The shady world of adoption – By Thomas Schuler

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Atlantic Times: The following article is from our March 2010 issue.

Former EU official Roelie Post campaigns worldwide against foreign adoption. She says the line between foreign adoption and child trafficking is too often blurred. She also sees potential danger in plans to introduce a trans­national “European Adoption” authority.

When Roelie Post, along with a translator and a film crew, set off for Romania some months ago and visited Marineta Ciofu, the story the child rights’ activist heard was a very familiar one. Ciofu had no idea what had happened to her child. Almost 10 years ago, poverty had forced the single mother to leave her daughter in a children’s home. But it was her firm intention to get her back as soon as her situation improved. The last time she saw her daughter was when she was two-and-half years old. (more…)

Fragen nicht erwünscht

Friday, March 5th, 2010
Kommunales //  05.03.2010

Nicht immer läuft bei Auslandsadoptionen alles rechtlich einwandfrei ab – das belegen auch Schicksale von in Bayern aufgewachsenen Kindern

Die Zustände in vielen Kinderheimen in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern sind erbärmlich. Ob Adoptionen ins Ausland der richtige Lösungsweg sind, ist jedoch äußerst umstritten. Foto: ddp

Anisha ist 19 Jahre und stammt aus Hyderabad in Indien. Als Baby wurde sie von einem Paar aus München adoptiert. In der Pubertät begann sie zu zweifeln, ob ihre leibliche Mutter sie damals freiwillig abgegeben hat. Heimlich, ohne das Wissen ihrer Adoptiveltern, spürte sie mit Hilfe einer Menschenrechtlerin ihre Mutter auf.

An Weihnachten 2009 machte Anisha sich selbst auf den Weg nach Indien, um ihre Mutter zum ersten Mal zu treffen. Neben einer Freundin begleitete sie die Journalistin Golineh Atai und drehte einen Film, der vergangene Woche im WDR ausgestrahlt wurde. In Hyderabad erzählte Anishas Mutter Fatima, dass das Baby ihr damals weg genommen wurde, weil sie das Geld für die Entbindung nicht zahlen konnte.
Eine Adoption in Aichach musste aufgelöst werden Der Film zeigt, wie die Mutter das Krankenhaus und Kinderheim besucht und der Heimleiterin Schwester Theresa vorwirft, dass sie ihre Tochter verkauft habe. Das dementiert Schwester Theresa. Allerdings wurde sie wegen Fälschung von Adoptionspapieren bereits zu sechs Monaten Haft verurteilt. Die Berufung des Verfahrens läuft. Mit einer Sondergenehmigung vermittelt sie weiter Kinder ins Ausland, auch nach Deutschland. Sie verweist im WDR-Film auf die vielen Kinder, die ihr dankbar seien für die Vermittlung ihrer Adoption. Anishas Verhalten nennt sie „idiotisch“.

Anisha wiederum fragt, warum ihre Adoptiveltern sich von den Heimschwestern vorschreiben ließen, keine Fragen zu stellen und sich von der Mutter fernhielten. Adoptionsexperte Bernd Wacker ging vor Jahren im Auftrag von Terre des Hommes problematischen Fällen in Ingolstadt, Aichach und anderen Orten nach und fand viele Ungereimtheiten. Mehr als 1500 Adoptionen hatte der Verein Pro Infante damals vor allem aus Indien nach Deutschland vermittelt. Es wurden Fälschungen und Ungereimtheiten nachgewiesen; es bestand der Verdacht auf Kinderhandel, und eine Adoption in Aichach mußte sogar aufgelöst werden, weil die Adoptiveltern eines angeblichen Waisenkindes in Indien die leibliche Mutter aufspürten. Laxmi Schneider galt offiziell als Waisenkind. In Wirklichkeit – so Bernd Wacker nach Durchsicht der Dokumente – mussten die Missionsschwestern in Indien, Pro Infante und das zuständige Jugendamt in Ingolstadt wissen, dass eine Mutter existierte und diese nie eine Freigabeerklärung für die Adoption unterschrieben hatte. Es gab weitere ähnliche Fälle – wie viele, das blieb jedoch letztlich ungeklärt. Wacker schrieb 2003: „Wir fordern die betroffenen Adoptionsstellen auf, alle erhaltenen Pro Infante-Akten daraufhin zu überprüfen, ob die beigebrachten indischen Dokumente mit allen anderen Informationen zur Vorgeschichte der vermittelten Kinder übereinstimmen.“ Es gab jedoch nie eine große Untersuchung von unabhängiger Seite. (more…)

Saviours or kidnappers?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Amid catastrophe in Haiti, a new controversy about adoptions

The Economist, Feb 4th 2010

 Out of Haiti, but not to the highest bidderAFP

IT MUST have seemed like a good idea at the time. The New Life Children’s Refuge, a Christian group from Idaho, saw no need to bother with paperwork or official permission when they decided to take 33 Haitian children to the Dominican Republic where they apparently hoped to build an orphanage.

Furious officials arrested ten of the group’s members on charges of kidnapping (which they deny). Many of the children turned out to have families. A similar row erupted in 2007 when workers from Zoé’s Ark, a French charity, were accused of kidnapping 103 children in Chad. Ostensibly orphans from the Darfur region of Sudan, destined for adoption in France, many turned out to be local children, and not orphans. Six charity workers were jailed.

The sentiment behind inter-country adoption may sound noble and often is. Why should governments stand between loving people in one country and needy children in another? Support for inter-country adoption is particularly strong in America, where parents adopt more foreign children than all the rest of the world. Some would-be adopters may at times be overhasty but Michele Bond, the senior State Department official dealing with the issue, insists that those concerned act from the best possible motives.

But inter-country adoptions happen in a fuzzy and sometimes murky world. One worry is that demand creates supply. Outsiders’ money can distort the decisions of officials and parents in poor countries. That may hamper chances of the most desirable outcome, in which children are fostered by relatives or adopted locally. Very few children described as orphans have no living relatives. If they move to another country, their chances of staying in touch with family members shrivel. Even the most ardent free-marketeers do not support free trade in children, with blonde female babies attracting a hefty premium.

Another worry is that adopted children may disappear from view when they cross international borders. International law stipulates that reports on the adopted child should be sent regularly to the source country. In some countries that is observed punctiliously. In others it is in effect voluntary. American law, in particular, does not require parents to send such reports. Once in America, an adopted child is treated like any other, with the state getting involved only in cases of evident abuse. Officials in countries such as Ethiopia or Ukraine may lack the means or motivation to chase up dilatory American parents.

Many critics of inter-country adoption cite experiences in Romania. Following reports of scandalous conditions in orphanages there after the collapse of communism, outsiders flocked to adopt children. But of the 30,000 children adopted by foreigners between 1990 and 2000, around 20,000 are now untraceable, according to Rupert Wolfe Murray, who worked as a lobbyist on the issue.

Roelie Post, who as a European Commission official dealt with adoption in the run-up to Romania’s entry to the European Union, has written a book on her experience of dealing with what she sees as a powerful adoption lobby that preys on weak and poor countries. Mr Wolfe Murray says that after wars and natural disasters adoption agencies descend like “vultures” to find suitable children. The countries that provide the most children for international adoption include China, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and, until recently, Guatemala, which are also among those with the weakest legal systems, he notes. (more…)