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L'Europe veut plus d'adoptions. La baisse de l'offre d'enfants pour ceux-qui-veulent-devenir-parents mène à une nouvelle politique européenne.
Europe wants more adoptions.
Declining supply of children for want-to-be parents leads to a new European policy.
On the 30th of November and the 1st of December, the European Commission organizes the Conference: Challenges in Adoption Procedures in Europe: ‘Ensuring the Best Interests of the Child’. This is a preparation for a new European Adoption Policy, which will have major implications for children in child protection, including foster children or children in children’s homes. These children could, with the new measure, easily qualify first for European and then international adoptions.
The foundation United Adoptees International (UAI) hopes that Vice President Joan Hansink can be present to stand up for the rights of children and parents. The UAI believes that children have the right to be raised by their parents and if not possible the right to social protection or alternative forms of care provided by the governments. Adoption is not the solution to a failing care system. The European Union guarantees its citizens the right for social protection. Does this not count for these children and their parents?
In practice, the new policy would mean that children in foster in no time would be available for adoption. For example, a Dutch child in foster care would after 18 months become adoptable for a couple from the Netherlands. If there would be no possibility, then the child could be adopted by a couple from Naples. As a last solution, the child can be adopted worldwide. Another consequence will be that under the new European Adoption Convention and the new policy no longer only children under 8 years can be adopted, but also up to 18 years. Parents get like this little chance to get their children back and to keep them, and it relieves governments of their obligation to provide alternative care for children who cannot be raised by their parents (Article 20c of the UN CRC). With the declining supply of children for want-to-be parents these adoptions are a solution. But this is not in the interest of children.
The European Union has asked Romania in 2000 no longer to export children, but apparently gets back to that decision. Also, the Council of Europe, with the European Adoption Convention, is working towards paving the way for adoptions by gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals. The strong adoption lobby is working through the European Commission and searches to legalise new adoption opportunities. There is little to no publicity about the conference and invitations were carefully picked, especially to prevent nasty dissonant voices. The UAI and its partners intercepted at the last moment the announcement for the upcoming European Commission and Council of Europe Conference in Strasbourg via its Finnish contacts. Participation by the UAI was initially not accepted and remains until today still uncertain.
Interestingly, the Dutch government accepted the European Convention and the new adoption policy apparently uncritically, without realizing that it will have consequences for the Dutch policy regarding (inter-country) adoption and its existing care system for children. It is remarkable that the Convention on the Dutch website is shown as a hammer piece, while the majority of the Members of Parliament, except the Christian Democrats, does not seem to be aware of the European Adoption Convention. The Convention as now formulated, will according to the UAI lead to an infringement of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UAI has in recent years pointed out the consequences of the upcoming Convention and policy to several MPs charged children’s rights.
The UAI is not convinced of the good intentions of the current compilers and the democratic process of all this and hopes to have the opportunity to be present in Strasbourg to demand attention to children and parents who as a vulnerable group do not have a voice in the debate.
For more information see : www.adoptionprocedure.net
And for the Adoption Lobby see this film.
Source: United Adoptees International News.
- Council of Europe and EC conference aimed at re-trafficking Romanian children again. By Brian Douglas (Director RCHF).
No one will ever forget the Romanian orphanages of the communist times as many thousands of children were left in the care of a communist regime that simply didn’t care for them. After Communism ended in late 1989, the orphanages remained open for the best part of the next decade.
It was therefore a blessing in the late 1990s when Romania along with the full backing of the EU took the bull by the horns and decided to end the misery of these children and to close the large old-style children’s home, while creating foster care, family-type homes etc. ... ...
Read more on All Children Have Rights.
- Dossier Europe. Défis dans les procédures d'adoption en Europe : garantir et préserver l'intérêt supérieur de l'enfant.
Source : United Adoptees International News.
Respect for fundamental rights doesn’t mean European Adoptions
Appalling as it may seem the rights of the child is sadly even within the European community threatened by a well entrenched group within the EC and Council of Europe today.
Their aim in fact as proved at the recent Strasbourg conference held on the 30th of November and 1st December has little to do with the rights of the child as they fail to recognize a basic fact, that children have a birthright to be raised within their own family.
Of course there are a very small number of cases within all the EU countries were a child for reasons of safety cannot be at home and here I speak of cases were parents themselves have been proved to be a danger to their own children. In these cases there are well placed programs to care for the child within its own country as a child that has suffered extreme trauma needs often years of counseling and aftercare to overcome such a tragedy and after this go forward in life themselves.
The above are the only real cases were a child should be raised outside of the biological family. Mum and Dad are paramount to the future of every child and every child seeks and has a perfect right to this bond that lasts from birth for a lifetime.
As a pensioner told me recently in conversation “My children have grown up now but they are still my children” and when they call to see me at weekends they of course still call me Mum. This old lady has it seems more decency than have many who call for Inter Country Adoptions or European Adoptions within the EU today.
Claire Gibault a former European Member of Parliament at the recent Strasbourg conference on 30 November to 1st December stated that ICA is not within the remit of the EU competence, but child protection is and here we see a clear failure to place the best interest of the child first above all other interests as child protection is a means of protecting a child in a time of need. It is not a reason to abandon the biological family. It should be a first priority to actually remove the obstacles that have caused the family break up and then re unite the whole family, so that the child fully benefits from all that is associated with family life within the biological family.
In most cases within Europe today hardship and poverty are a cause of family breakup or of a family that becomes disorganized and looses its priorities. The answer is not to whisk the children away as was done in the 90s in Romania for inter country adoptions that have been proved not to be in the child’s best interest over and over again.
What should happen is that within each case within a European Country a mandatory set of measures and laws that are in place actually need to be applied.
Those who live in poverty do so in the largest part through no fault of their own and many are born into poverty generation after generation since the end of World War 2, thus the cycle is ongoing for many years.
Even within the so called developed countries of the EU there are now many cases of family poverty.
Unless one has lived at such a low level one cannot comprehend the trauma that poverty causes, but it can be overcome as where there is a will there is always a way and that’s what is missing within the EU right now in respects to the rights of the child. So many times a child was adopted abroad from a biological family who hadn’t the means to provide for their child, despite the fact they loved their child and the child likewise them. In many cases after a short period the family turned the corner and lifted its head up from the lowest rung of poverty, but it was too late for their child who without its consent had been placed with a wealthy family in another Country and in that time of poverty the parents hadn’t even had the funds to contest the case in the local court. The result was a failure in childcare, a broken family forever, a child whose best interests were certainly not taken care of and a child who had no possibility to be re united with Mum and Dad at home ever again. Clearly in these cases it would have been in the child’s best interest to either depending on the family situation allow the children to stay at home with immediate support from the state or a short term foster placement so that at a later date the child could be re united home with its biological parents after the family situation had improved with state support if that was required. Take the cases were a family was so poor that they couldn’t afford heating and the child became ill. If the family couldn’t afford to visit the child it was deemed abandoned! The child was adopted against the parent’s wishes.
Even a year later if a family then had an upturn in fortunes and could then afford heating it was too late for their child as they had lost all parental rights.
It would have been far less expensive to have provided a heating allowance in that time than have their child in state care until it was adopted abroad and would have been a far better and correct solution as would have kept the biological family together as should be in the best interests of the child in all cases of this nature.
What Europe should be doing is agreeing a formula to keep families together not breaking them up by calling for Inter Country Adoptions masked as European adoptions which is what the Strasbourg conference was calling for.
Poverty is no reason to remove a child from a family as often within the poorest of families there is more love shown towards a child than in affluent families despite all their material wealth! Real children’s rights are needed within Europe. Rights that respect the basics of a biological family to raise its own children at home with dignity and respect no matter what place they have on the social ladder and by allowing this Europe will then at that stage be addressing fundamental rights, rather than all the huge amount of wasted funds on European Adoption conferences and one sided studies of the same, so that innocent children can be again trafficked abroad for huge sums of money in the highly profitable business of International (European) Adoptions.
Author Brian Douglas (Director RCHF.)
Écrit par : All Children Have Rights | 11/12/2009