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Cherche un enfant, paie cash. Le lobby de l'adoption (suite).

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Le film-documentaire "Search a Child, Pay Cash - The Adoption Lobby." s'attache à examiner comment le système de l'adoption internationale fonctionne et comment des pressions politiques sont excercées afin de faciliter le business d'enfants.

Marineta Ciofu a perdu toute trace de son enfant. Il y a presque 10 années, la femme roumaine issue d'un milieu pauvre avait laissé sa fille illégitime dans une pouponnière - avec la ferme intention de la ramener dès que elle-même serait dans une meilleure situation. Mais soudainement, la jeune fille avait disparu. Presque dix ans plus tard, Marineta apprend la vérité. Son enfant avait été adoptée. En faveur d'une famille américaine.

Film : Part 1- Part 2- Part 3- Part 4- Part 5 Final.


Search a Child, Pay Cash - The Adoption Lobby, the documentary shows the preparation for a world market of children.

Because, a European Adoption Policy would lead that European children will be made available for the international adoption industry. Whereas the European Union asked from Romania to become like other EU countries, and not to export children, now the Adoption Lobby wants to reverse that and to have the whole of Europe to become like Romania was....

United Adoptees International - News.




- Romanian Government opposes resumption of international adoptions.
Romanian Times.

- The truth of what happened to Romania’s orphans.
Children's Rights and Human Rights. Brian Douglas.

- Haut niveau de pression externe sur la Roumanie. Les États-Unis et l'Union Européenne forcent pour la réouverture des adoptions internationales.
Publié dans le journal roumain "Jurnalul National".

- The international adoptions lobby: an insider's perspective.
Romania for export only - Roelie PostRomania - for export only, the untold story of the Romanian 'orphans' by Roelie Post.


- Romania’s orphans – millions of euro at stake.
Many European organizations involved in a forceful lobby for the resumption of international adoptions
sfin.ro | Saptamana Financiara | October 9, 2006.


International adoptions – child laundering – trafficking of children.

Child laundering is a quite specific definition that refers to the stealing of children for profit and includes the theft of children often passed off as orphans who go to adoptive parents, who have paid a sum of money for this child.

Many Countries involved in International adoptions along with the international adoption intermediaries like adoption agencies, lawyers and even orphanage staff has been found in recent years to be involved in corruption that has even involved changing a child’s identity with a new name and new family history to declare the child available for foreign adoption. Even health records have been changed by unscrupulous officials to make a sick child healthy on the records and the fact that the child’ biological parents are still alive has been removed to offer a record that shows the child’s parents are either dead or have renounced their child.

Child Trafficking is a legal term that refers to the sale of any child for either a sum of cash or other form of profit.
In effect any child taken from any Country for whatever reason and adopted by foreign parents fall into this bracket if the parents have paid any sum of money to gain the child. In all cases of International adoptions huge sums of money are paid to agencies and intermediaries who make huge profits from what is in effect the sale of children – child trafficking in all senses of the definition.

Inter Country adoption agencies involved in this huge and profitable business will quickly explain that Inter Country adoptions are legal and they have anti corruption measures in place and Countries involved in International Adoptions will quickly point to the Hague agreement as a form of legal protection, but they will not tell you how many children have failed to have their rights fully protected by this agreement nor how their anti corruption measures work to assure that any child passing through their hands is truly a child without living parents or relatives and is a child that has been legally renounced for adoption.

The US has in recent times suspended Inter Country adoptions from certain Countries for instance to try assure that the children in the foreign Country were in fact legally available for adoption.
This action has had no certain outcome as the well organized and illicit methods of procuring children in the poorest of Countries including outright theft of young children from the streets, plus via fraudulent means from poor families, who do not have sufficient education to understand legal documents, has resulted in no real change in the situation of trafficking masked as inter country adoptions.

Recently it was estimated for instance that of the 800 Cambodian adoptions most were based on fraudulent paperwork, which had seen babies purchased for cash or other inducements and that children had had real identities altered to hide the reality of who they were.

Before Romania applied its full ban on International adoptions there was also massive fraud within the system that allowed children to be sold to foreign Parents as orphans, when in fact they had living Parents and relatives who with support wanted their child home from the orphanage, but was never given the chance in a well organized system that was corrupt to the core.
It was brave of Romania to apply a full adoption ban and it stopped the trade in its children and also allowed the Country to develop a full series of reforms in the last 10 years that has seen the largest majority of children returned home to their biological parents and the orphanages which are the breeding grounds of the international adoption agencies that are so often NGOs closed down forever.

The simple fact is that a foreign family adopting a child today and most are in the US, UK, France and Italy cannot be certain that their child is truly a child with no living parents or relatives as the massive fraud for profit operations of the traffickers is well covered in what has become a multi million Euro business that has little to do with the rights of any child.

Far too many adoptive parents also have been badly treated and lied to by the unregulated inter-country adoption agencies in past years and have ended up with a child that was very different to what they had been described as would be receiving. The nightmare for both adopted child and adoptive parents has then become a living reality in a system with no back up after the child has been received and paid for.

This form of child trafficking which is well known now and proved beyond doubt, has seen more and more Countries nowadays placing stronger restrictions on these kinds of adoptions and some even following Romania and placing a ban on inter-country adoptions to stop the unregulated sale of children in the child export market that exists sadly today in our World.

Brian Douglas. (Director RCHF.) Thursday, October 22, 2009

Écrit par : collectif aa | 22/10/2009

Romania should withstand pressure to lift ban on international adoptions

Ever since Romania prohibited international adoptions in 2001 it has been pressurised by the leaders of France, Italy, Israel, Spain and the US to lift the ban. Behind these politicians are private adoption agencies, adoptive parents and others interested in getting children for whatever reason.

When Hillary Clinton met the Romanian Foreign Minister earlier this year she handed him a letter which said "We urge you to reform current law in Romania...including a reevaluation of your decision to remove international adoption as an important permanency option".

Romania should continue to stand firm in the face of this intense lobby for international adoption, a lobby which talks about tens of thousands of Romanian orphans languishing in grim institutions. But the EU-funded reform of Romania's child welfare system resulted in the closure of almost all the notorious children's homes, introduced foster care and a range of family-based alternatives. The EU also insisted that Romania stop international adoptions as it had established a free market in children.

But now the EU and Council of Europe (COE) are joining the lobby to convince Romania to lift its ban on international adoptions. The European Commission's justice unit and the COE are organising a conference in Strasbourg at the end of November with some of the most active members of the international adoptions lobby. Conference organiser Patrizia de Luca admitted that one of the aims of the conference is "to convince Romania that inter-country adoptions can be authorized in a certain way".

The conference "Challenges in Adoption Procedures in Europe" was initiated by French MEP Jean Marie Cavada and investment banker Francois de Combret. These lobbyists talk of the "free movement of children" within the EU, as if children are like capital, goods and services. The aim of the conference is to develop a "European Adoption Policy" so that parents from one member state can adopt from any other member state.

Considering that the event will be packed with pro-adoption lobbyists, it is likely the conference will recommend the commission develops a "European Adoption Policy". This would mean that families in Italy, France and Spain, where there are huge waiting lists of adoptive parents, can access a fresh supply of children from Romania.

But the truth is that there are very few orphaned children in Romania, where children in care are placed in the extended family, foster or family type homes. In addition, there is a waiting list of Romanian families who want to adopt. The Romanian adoption system developed in 1997, in compliance with the Hague Adoption Convention, showed that the financial incentives involved in international adoptions (up to 30,000 euro a child) corrupted health, welfare and legal services and poor single mothers were routinely persuaded to "abandon" their children in maternity hospitals. In other words, the demand for children creates the supply and corrupts local social services.

Roelie Post is a commission official now seconded to the NGO Against Child Trafficking. For many years she worked on the Romanian reform and documented her experiences in a book called 'Romania, For Export Only - the untold story of the Romanian 'orphans'. She says, "the trade in adoptions are mediated by private adoption agencies in exchange for large sums of money. The EU demanded Romanian become like other EU member states by taking care of its own children, but now they seem to want all EU Member States to become like Romania was before 2001 - when children were made available for the international adoption market. The EU now supports the same lobby groups that they withstood for many years."

Rupert Wolfe Murray is a documentary filmmaker based in Romania and a supporter of Against Child Trafficking

Écrit par : eu observer | 17/11/2009