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05/03/2010

Mise en garde concernant la poursuite des adoptions au Népal

Order 2010 No. 951Order 2010 No. 951Adoption Alert Nepal.jpgAdoption Alert. Caution About Pursuing an Adoption in Nepal.


The U.S. Department of State strongly discourages prospective adoptive parents from choosing Nepal as a country from which to adopt due to grave concerns about the reliability of Nepal’s adoption system and the accuracy of the information in children’s official files.  The Department also strongly discourages adoption service providers from accepting new applications for adoption from Nepal until reforms are made, and to be vigilant about operating in an ethical manner under the current adoption system.



The Hague Conference on Private International Law recently released a report on its Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Program, based on a visit by a delegate from the Hague Conference’s Permanent Bureau to Nepal in November 2009 (http://www.hcch.net/upload/wop/nepal_rpt09.pdf). This report is the result of an independent analysis of Nepal’s intercountry adoption system under the new Terms and Conditions put in place in 2008. The report details a number of weaknesses in Nepal’s current adoption system, including the falsification of documents, improper financial gain, and lack of a child protection system.



Based on our own observations and experience with adoption cases in Nepal, the U.S. Department of State shares many of the concerns outlined in the Hague report. In one of the first cases processed by the Government of Nepal after the revision of the Terms and Conditions, the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu found that the adopted child was not a true orphan and that his birth parents were actively searching for her.



We encourage parents who have filed an application with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MWCSW) in Nepal, but have not yet been matched with a child or received an Adoption Decree issued by the Government of Nepal, to consider a change of countries. The Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), allow one change of country to be made in connection with one’s I-600A application without fee.  A request to change countries should be made in writing to the USCIS Field Office where the I-600A was originally filed.  (Any subsequent request for a change of country would require a fee.)



Hague-accredited U.S. adoption services providers, and adoption service providers that may apply for Hague accreditation in the future, are reminded that their actions in facilitating and/or processing adoptions in any country (whether Hague or non-Hague) will be evaluated during the Hague accreditation or accreditation renewal processes, in accordance with the accreditation regulations (22 CFR Part 96), including whether, among other things, the provider has established and rigorously followed ethical adoption practices and operates in the best interest of prospective adoptive children.



Prospective adoptive parents who currently have active files at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and who may already have an approved I-600 Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative from a USCIS domestic Field Office are reminded that consular officers are required by law to conduct an I-604 orphan investigation to verify the child's orphan status in order to the issuance of an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.  Depending on the circumstances of a case, this investigation may take up to several months to complete, even if the I-600 Petition is already approved.  In every country, we rely on the host government’s diligence to protect the safety and interests of their own children through careful administration of their national adoption process.  In the absence of a reliably diligent partner, it can be very difficult to confirm that a child is truly an orphan.  Cases in which a child’s orphan status cannot be confirmed will be forwarded to USCIS for review and final determination. We strongly recommend that adoptive parents not travel to Nepal until the Embassy has confirmed that the I-604 has been completed.  Under current procedures, prospective adoptive parents may file their I-600 petition with USCIS in the United States, which then triggers the I-604 investigation in Nepal. Adoptive parents may contact the Embassy at adoptionsnepal@state.gov should they have questions about the status of their case.



The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu continues to meet with officials within the Government of Nepal and with other foreign missions concerning the current status of adoptions in Nepal.  The joint statement issued by the International Adoption Working Group on February 25, 2010 may be found at http://nepal.usembassy.gov/pr-2-24-2010.html.



Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information as it becomes available.

 


Source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE - Bureau of Consular Affairs - Office of Children’s Issues | 4 mars 2010.

 

- United-KIngdom halts adoption from Nepal because of entrenched corruption
The Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Abroad (Nepal) Order 2010 No. 951 imposes a statutory suspension on the adoption of children from Nepal by British residents.

 

- Flawed Adoption System Highlighted by Nepal's Stolen Children
Illiteracy has allowed kids to be stolen in Nepal in what is surely shocking news.
Rajan Kumar Nepali did not know he was giving up his two young children when he put his thumbprint on a document handing custody to an orphanage in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
The owners of the children's home had promised to take care of his son and daughter while the 28-year-old labourer, who cannot read or write, tried to get his life back on track after he became addicted to drugs.
Instead, the children were put up for adoption abroad -- a highly lucrative business in impoverished Nepal, where campaigners say orphanages can make up to 10,000 dollars from each child.
Read more

 

- Le Népal épinglé sur l'adoption internationale
Des diplomates de quatorze pays ont demandé dans un communiqué publié mercredi par l'ambassade américaine que le Népal renforce les contrôles sur l'adoption internationale, après la découverte d'un dossier lancé sans l'autorisation des parents biologiques.

Lire la suite


- Trafic d'enfants au Népal
Selon Madhav Pradhan, "la majorité des adoptions internationales au Népal sont irrégulières". [...] peuvent kidnapper 103 gosses sans risquer grand-chose." - NÉPAL: Inquiétude grandissante face aux adoptions illégales.
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- Népal. Etude sur les adoptions internationales
2008-09-03 10:10:00 Non pas le profit mais les droits de l'enfant doivent guider les adoptions au Népal. [...] L'étude "Adopting the rights of the child: a study on intercountry adoption and its influence on child protection in Nepal" (60 pages) [...]
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26/01/2010

Séïsme Haïti: Positions et Déclarations des Adoptés Adultes.

Via United Adoptees International - News.

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- Adoptees of Color Roundtable.
Statement on Haiti

This statement reflects the position of an international community of adoptees of color who wish to pose a critical intervention in the discourse and actions affecting the child victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti. We are domestic and international adoptees with many years of research and both personal and professional experience in adoption studies and activism. We are a community of scholars, activists, professors, artists, lawyers, social workers and health care workers who speak with the knowledge that North Americans and Europeans are lining up to adopt the “orphaned children” of the Haitian earthquake, and who feel compelled to voice our opinion about what it means to be “saved” or “rescued” through adoption.

Lire la suite

 

- New Statement by Adoptees of Color on Haiti

Please read this powerful Statement on Haiti released by the Adoptees of Color Roundtable:

We are domestic and international adoptees with many years of research and both personal and professional experience in adoption studies and activism. We are a community of scholars, activists, professors, artists, lawyers, social workers and health care workers who speak with the knowledge that North Americans and Europeans are lining up to adopt the “orphaned children” of the Haitian earthquake, and who feel compelled to voice our opinion about what it means to be “saved” or “rescued” through adoption.

Lire la suite

 


- Statement from Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization on Haitian Adoption and Babylifting

For the last week, Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization, like the rest of the world, has been watching the devastation in Haiti. The images are frightening, sad, and heartrending, especially those of the children.
We have also watched the rush to rescue Haitian children by adoption. Within three days of the earthquake, Catholic Charities of Miami had set up a scheme modeled on Operation Pedro Pan, a joint State Department-CIA-Miami Diocese project from the early 1960s to separate children from their parents, creating young pawns in the US war against the Castro government. Although “Operation Pierre Pan” in Haiti is on hold, at least for now, numerous evangelical churches and ministries, adoption agencies, secular organizations, unfinalized adoptive parents and other individuals--many with conflicts of interest--have joined the rescue mission call to remove children immediately, no matter what their family status, to the US for the purpose of adoption.

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- Les médias aiment les parents adoptants. La voix des adoptants prévaut.
Media love adoptive parents. The voice of adopters prevail.
United Adoptees International - News. 20 janvier 2010.



- Position de l’association française "La Voix des Adoptés"
"L’adoption d’aujourd’hui a changé. Désormais, en plus des parents qui témoignent de cette aventure, en plus de l’expertise et de la compétence des professionnels, s’ajoute la voix des principaux intéressés, les adoptés : au centre de la discussion et pourtant si peu entendus. Notre association, elle-même fondée et tenue par des adoptés adultes, a d’abord pour vocation d’être un lieu pour eux, pensé pour eux : d’une rencontre ponctuelle à l’investissement personnel, d’une simple question à la participation aux activités proposées, le choix est large et doit convenir à tout adopté, quelle que soit son histoire, son âge ou son pays d’origine. Etre écouté sans être jugé, telle est la philosophie de l’association !
Et enfin, La Voix des Adoptés a l’ambition d’entrer dans le débat de la problématique de l’adoption sur la scène nationale et internationale, pour rendre celui-ci plus constructif et plus dans l’ère du temps.
Nous sommes persuadés que c’est ensemble, avec tous les acteurs du monde de l’adoption, que nous construisons l’adoption de demain."
Haïti. Maintenant. Et après ? 19 janvier 2010.

 

19/01/2010

L'adoption n'est pas de l'aide humanitaire. Opération "Baby Lift" à Haiti.

Via United Adoptees International - News.

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THE NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, January 18, 2010 - Following the humanitarian disaster in Haiti, humanitarian aid is on its way, but also; expedited adoptions, possible abduction of children and forced relinquishment for intercountry adoptions to the West. The removal of children in times of disasters and wars under the guise of adoption, according to the vision of United Adoptees International (UAI), is not the right form of humanitarian aid. Concerning Haiti, the reaction of the Dutch government is an irresponsible response to the situation in Haiti where currently monitoring and surveillance cannot even be maintained. However, the Dutch government has decided that adoption will be the first priority and already agreed to 110 adoptions from Haiti. Of these,  56 adoptions were approved by the Ministry of Justice in an accelerated manner, arguing that these were already in the 'pipeline'. Due to this, the Nederlandse Adoptie Stichting (NAS) and the largest Dutch agency Wereldkinderen, under pressure from prospective adoptive parents, took their chance to put pressure to get even more (risky) adoptions from Haiti.

Adoption is a last resort, not first aid

Lire la suite sur UAI.

 

- Newslist Haïti & Adoption Radio & TV
Via United Adoptees International - News.

 

- Tremblement de terre à Haïti. Appel: fausses déclarations frauduleuses sur "un million d'orphelins"
See Haiti Earthquake Orphan Appeal and Sponsor an Earthquake Orphan
Claims of a million earthquake orphans are clearly false and those making them are being irresponsible.
SOS Children's Villages. 19.01.2010



- Adoptants veulent se montrer commes des victimes d'Haïti. Les enfantillages d'adoptants irritent les Adoptés.
Adopters want themself to be shown as victims of Haiti. Childish behaviour of adopters irritate Adoptees.
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- «L’adoption ne doit pas être une réponse à la catastrophe»
Paris et La Haye accélèrent les procédures alors que les ONG appellent à éviter toute «précipitation». Directeur du Centre international de référence pour les droits de l’enfant privé de famille (SSI/CIR), Hervé Boéchat revient sur la problématique de l’adoption internationale
Le Temps. 3 pages. 19.01.2010. 18h27.

 

- L'Unicef appelle à «ne pas se précipiter» pour l'adoption d'enfants haïtiens
L'Unicef a appelé lundi à éviter toute «précipitation» concernant les adoptions d'enfants haïtiens par des familles françaises et a évalué à «environ deux millions» le nombre d'enfants touchés, directement ou indirectement, par le séisme. Le gouvernement français a été interpellé par des familles adoptantes qui veulent une accélération des procédures afin d'épargner aux enfants en cours d'adoption les souffrances consécutives au séisme dévastateur de mardi dernier.
«La position de l'Unicef, c'est de dire +pas de précipitation+ : on est dans une phase de réponse à une urgence qui est absolument catastrophique et qui a déstabilisé, destructuré toutes les autorités du pays», a expliqué sa porte-parole Bénédicte Jeannerod sur France Info. «Prenons le temps - même si c'est extrêmement difficile pour les familles qui sont en attente - d'avoir une meilleure vision de ce qui se passe pour ces enfants là-bas», a ajouté Mme Jeannerod, appelant à «ne pas agir dans la précipitation car ce serait absolument catastrophique» s'il y avait des «confusions» sur l'identité des petits.
Quant aux enfants qui ont perdu leurs parents dans le séisme, «ils ne sont pas forcément adoptables», a prévenu Mme Jeannerod.
Ouest-France.fr 18.01.2010


- Tremblement de terre à Haïti. Dossier adoption internationale.
Service Social International (SSI). Centre International de Référence pour les droits de l'enfant privé de famille (CIR).
Lire la suite.

- UNICEF. Rapport 2005 sur "L’adoption internationale en Haiti"
Executive Summary (informal translation)
The presented analysis concerns intercountry aodption in Haiti and contains concrete recommendations that could help to improve the situation. Lire la suite.

 

- Trop tôt pour commencer à adopter des enfants haïtiens
Guardian UK Article - Too early to begin adopting Haitian children
Too early to begin adopting Haitian children, would-be parents told
Children's groups in the US have warned that mass adoptions could open the door to 'fraud, abuse and trafficking.
Lire la suite.

- Le Gouvernement hollandais accepte des dessous de table pour obtenir des enfants haïtiens.
Dutch Government accept bribes to get Haitian Children.
Euphemistic word use to cover Payments.
Lire la suite.

 

- Haïti. Attention aux enlèvements d'enfants, dit l'ONU.
Le comité des droits de l'enfant des Nations unies a mis en garde lundi contre les enlèvements d'enfants sous couvert d'adoption en Haïti, se déclarant «alarmé» de la situation dans ce pays dont près de la moitié de la population est mineure.
Le comité, «alarmé par les récentes informations faisant état de pillages et de violences», a réclamé dans un communiqué «des mesures efficaces pour protéger les enfants contre toutes les formes de violence et d'exploitation, y compris la violence sexuelle et les enlèvements sous couvert d'adoption». Le comité, qui est actuellement réuni à Genève, s'est également dit «préoccupé par les milliers d'enfants séparés de leurs familles». «Un nombre important d'enfants ont été blessés et ont un besoin urgent de soins médicaux», a-t-il souligné.
Pendant les distributions alimentaires, il faut «veiller à ce que la nourriture parvienne aux plus démunis, et pas seulement à ceux qui sont les mieux placés pour la recevoir, c'est-à-dire le plus souvent les adultes», insiste par ailleurs le comité.
Agence France-Presse


-  Terre des Hommes: Dangers d'enlèvements d'enfants à Haïti.
Kinderen in Haïti dreigen nu een makkelijke prooi voor ontvoerders te worden, zo waarschuwt Terre des Hommes.
De hulporganisatie Terre des Hommes heeft in het West-Duitse Osnabrück gewaarschuwd voor het gevaar dat ontvoerders van kinderen vat krijgen op kinderen in het rampgebied in Haïti.
Lire la suite sur Trouw.

 

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16/01/2010

Haïti. La Communauté de l'Adoption Internationale appelle à une "Opération Babylift" massive.

Via United Adoptees International - News.

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International Adoption Community Calls for massive 'Babylift' Operations from Haiti.

 

The history shows, in times of crisis, especially during situations like now in Haiti, that calls for Intercountry Adoption creates huge mazes to steal, trade and exchange children for abuses and also childtrafficking for Intercountry adoption.



It seems that the public closes its eyes for the reality of the intentions of adoption agencies and NGO's. Adoption is used as a replacement for safety features which should be placed first before children leave devastated countries for adoption.



Adoption is not a measure of rescuing children never the less the media and the adoption lobby wants us to believe. But every time when something happens in none western countries, the western cultures show no hesitation to fly out the most healthy and young children for intercountry adoption.



Even when children are located and in process of adoption, the measures to fly these located children for adoption out of the country should raise discussion based on the practise and history of such adoptions. At least, adoptive parents (most times board members of adoption agencies and in many cases owners of adoption agencies) should not be in charge of such operations.



Their interest is not to safe the children because of their lives but to safe the children to 'own' them. And that is not a reality which should be answered by hasty and unregulated operations like the new Airlifts for adoptions from Haiti.

Even the Joint Council (Umbrella of American agencies) is of the opinion that adoption is not the first thing to do:

 

Tom DiFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children's Services, said his group has set up a Web-based registry through which families can try to get information about the Haitian children they hope to adopt.

But the immediate focus is on the safety of the children and providing emergency relief, he said. Adoption is "part of the plan, but it's not the priority today," DiFilipo said. "The devastation is just phenomenal. We have a lot of work to do before we can move forward with the adoptions."


But the issue is, that the power of the Adoption Lobby sells its success during situations like these while they should know better. Any professional perspective is lacking and long term consequences are lost in the act of emotion. And this is a danger.



Lets be honest. When natural disasters struck western countries, these countries would not allow Airlifts from Asia or Africa to get white children out as first for intercountry adoption in these countries. Even when the paper process was already started. The first thing you learn in First Aid situation is, stabilize first before any further action. One should think before act. But it seems that the international community lost its mind.

 

- Les enfants d’Haïti : entre l’angoisse des adoptants et le risque du trafic
Haïti est le premier pays d’adoption en France. Des familles françaises ont créé un collectif pour demander le rapatriement d’urgence des enfants haïtiens sur le point d’être adoptés. Mais Terre des Hommes s’inquiètent de la possible relance du trafic d’enfants.
France Info. 17 janvier 2008.

 

- Earthquake orphan appeal: Do not adopt earthquake orphans
Reasons why adopting an earthquake option may not be the best thing to do
SOS Children's Villages | 16.01.2010.


- France. Pas de rapatriement collectif pour les enfants haïtiens en cours d'adoption en France, selon le Quai d'Orsay

Après le séisme en Haïti, le rapatriement de l'ensemble des enfants haïtiens pour lesquels une procédure d'adoption est engagée par des ressortissants français "n'est pas envisagé", a annoncé samedi le ministère des Affaires étrangères.

La "priorité absolue" est aux secours d'urgence, précise le Quai d'Orsay, répondant à l'inquiétude des familles adoptantes.

En revanche, "dès que la situation le permettra et en accord avec les autorités haïtiennes, le service de l'adoption internationale (...) procédera à un examen attentif de l'ensemble des demandes, en fonction de leur état d'avancement et de l'intérêt supérieur de l'enfant", ajoute le ministère.

Haïti est devenu le premier pays d'adoption en France, avec 731 adoptions en 2008, en forte hausse par rapport à 2007 (403), selon le site du Quai d'Orsay. AP

Source: nouvel Obs.com | 16.01.2010

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Dutch Government allows new 'Babylift' operation to get children for adoption from Haiti.

 

Like many adoption agencies and related organisations are preparing airlifts from Haiti, the Dutch Adoption Agency NAS and also the biggest adoption agency in the Netherlands, Wereldkinderen, is organising an joint private flight for getting children from Haiti in a fast track procedure. Ministry of Justice agreed upon this request and allows 56 children to be adopted in a situation of crisis in Haiti.



The adoptions from Haiti shows a long history of misfortune and problems for and with children and (birth) parents from Haiti. Earlier adoption agency Flash (which was merged with NAS last year) was accused earlier of uncontrolled adoptions from Haiti a few years ago. But already in 2003 the Youth inspectorate called for a strict control about adoptions from Haiti. And Flash had to close the earlier adoption channel from Haiti. But soon they restarted with another mediator from Haiti.



It seems that Adoption agencies worldwide act fast and with(out) consent of governments of both sides to get the children out of countries strucked by war or natural disasters. Earlier airlifts (babylift operations) for adoption is seen in Vietnam, Korea, Cambodia and the Tsunami region. Also who does not know the recent Arc de Zoe case where a so called rescue operation was a cover up for childtrafficking for 'illegal adoptions' to the west with consent of te French government. NGO's like the Red Cross always called for a halt or careful approach of adoption as a solution during time of crisis. Children might have family left or at least the time should be awaited to find relatives and families.



Earlier situations like during the Tsunami crisis, show that Adoption Agencies are landing quickly in areas of uncontrolled administrations. Even if adoptionprocedures have been started, still all precautions should be taken to prevent fast track adoptions like now seems to be happening again. The history repeats itself. And no one is asking what the consequences will be in the future for the country and their inhibitants nor for the adoptees who will grow older one day.



The reality shows that even now, adult adoptees from Haiti are worried about the situation in Haiti and regarding their (located) families (found or not). These markings in the adoptee history shows us, that adoption is not the first solution for children in need.



Again the adoption-industry sells their product on fear and emotions of others. The Dutch Adoption agency already claimed the Haitian children as theirs stating in their communication that they gonna fly THEIR children out of Haiti. A continued misconception and wrong word use is showing and reveals the real interest of these agencies. No word about the possible Haitian parents or families. This is an clear example of neo-colonial thinking and no one protests.



Earlier this week the Dutch Ministry of Justice said to halt risky adoptions. But with accepting this initiative of adoption parents and adoption agencies running against international guidelines during times of crisis, shows that the intention of the Dutch Ministry was just a case of continuing their earlier policies regarding intercountry adoption. Adoptive parents can do what they want. Certainly when they have the chance when public media is trowing emotional fragments from the strucked country like Haiti.



The question in which interest these adoption really are is answered during the decades of intercountry adoption. How long will this go on ? One should end the Adoptionindustry, the adoption agencies wont ! At least this all reaches the shore of Child or Human Trafficking.

 

Source : United Adoptees International - News.

 

- Nederland. Adoptievlucht naar Haïti gepland


EINDHOVEN -  Twee adoptieorganisaties hebben voor maandag een vliegtuig gecharterd dat honderd adoptiekinderen uit Haïti gaat ophalen. Dat hebben Wereldkinderen en de Nederlandse Adoptie Stichting (NAS) zondag gemeld.

De vlucht is gecharterd in samenwerking met de ministeries van Buitenlandse Zaken en Justitie. Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justitie) besloot vrijdag en zaterdag dat honderd adoptiekinderen versneld naar Nederland mogen komen. Normaal gesproken zou het nog jaren kunnen duren voordat de Haïtiaanse autoriteiten al het papierwerk zouden hebben geregeld.

Het gaat om kinderen bij wie de procedure met de aanstaande adoptieouders al rond is en waarover de rechter in Haïti al uitspraak heeft gedaan. Het vliegtuig dat maandagmiddag vanaf Schiphol vertrekt, neemt tientallen traumachirurgen, artsen en verpleegkundigen mee van diverse hulporganisaties die in Haïti gaan helpen.

Het is nog niet duidelijk of de vlucht direct naar Haïti vliegt of een tussenlanding maakt op Curaçao. Hirsch Ballin maakte zondag bekend toestemming te hebben gegeven om een extra groepje van negen Haïtiaanse kinderen naar Nederland te halen. Het is de bedoeling dat deze negen kinderen ook mee reizen met de geplande vlucht van Wereldkinderen en NAS.

Een woordvoerder van Buitenlandse Zaken wees erop dat het om een grote, ingewikkelde logistieke operatie gaat. „Het streven is om maandag in Haïti aan te komen, maar of dat lukt, valt nog te bezien.” Onzeker is nog of het toestel wel kan landen als het eenmaal bij het getroffen land is. Als dat is gelukt, moeten de medewerkers van de adoptieorganisaties en Buitenlandse Zaken de kinderen opzoeken, identificeren en zorgen dat het papierwerk voor elkaar komt.

Om dat zo snel mogelijk te bereiken, stuurt het departement drie consulair medewerkers en de plaatsvervangend secretaris-generaal mee. Ook reist een medewerker van de Immigratie- en Naturalisatiedienst mee. Buitenlandse Zaken streeft er volgens de zegsman naar de kinderen nog de komende week mee te nemen naar Nederland. „Maar alles gaat met een slag om de arm.”

Bron: Telegraaf | Zondag 17 jan 2010.



- Adoptiekinderen Haïti snel naar Nederland


Minister Hirsch Ballin van Justitie Minister Hirsch Ballin van Justitie ANP

56 adoptiekinderen uit Haïti mogen al naar Nederland komen, hoewel ze nog niet over de juiste papieren beschikken. Dat heeft minister Hirsch Ballin van Justitie besloten, naar aanleiding van de rampzalig aardbeving in het land.

Papierwerk
Het gaat om kinderen van wie al is vastgesteld in welk Nederlands gezin ze komen en waarover de rechter in Haïti een positieve uitspraak heeft gedaan. Normaal gesproken kan het jaren duren voor het papierwerk in Haïti rond is. Vanwege de situatie in het land na de aardbeving wil Hirsch Ballin daar nu niet op wachten.

Bron: NOS. vrijdag 15 jan 2010.

 

- Pays-Bas. Procédure d'adoption accélérée pour 56 enfants Haïtiens.

La procédure d’adoption de 56 enfants haïtiens par des familles néerlandaises va être accélérée après le séisme qui a dévasté Haïti mardi, a annoncé vendredi le ministère néerlandais de la Justice. Le ministre de la Justice, Ernst Hirsch Ballin, « permet à 56 enfants haïtiens en cours d’adoption de venir plus rapidement aux Pays-Bas », a indiqué le ministère dans un communiqué. « En temps normal, la procédure d’adoption peut prendre plusieurs années », explique le ministère, mais « en raison de la situation inquiétante en Haïti, le ministre Hirsch Ballin a décidé d’admettre les enfants sans qu’ils disposent de documents de voyage en règle ».

Sources : La Meuse, Le Soir.
Update : maintenant 109 enfants en cours d'adoption.

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15/01/2010

Irlande. Suspension de l'adoption internationale avec le Vietnam.

Department of Health and Children - Ireland.jpgLe gouvernement irlandais a décidé de suspendre sine die les négociations sur un nouvel accord bilatéral sur l'adoption internationale avec la République socialiste du Vietnam. Cela aura pour effet de suspendre l'adoption internationale du Vietnam, jusqu'à ce que l'approbation du projet de loi 2009 soit promulgué. L'Irlande et le Vietnam ont tous deux ratifié les dispositions de la Convention de La Haye.



Minister Barry Andrews, T.D. Announces Government Decision to Suspend Bilateral Intercountry Adoption Negotiations with Vietnam.


The Government has decided to suspend indefinitely negotiations on a new bilateral intercountry adoption agreement with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  This will have the effect of suspending intercountry adoption from Vietnam until such time as the Adoption Bill 2009 has been enacted and Ireland and Vietnam have both ratified the provisions of the Hague Convention.

 

The decision, which will cause bitter disappointment for the many families hoping to adopt from Vietnam, was taken in response to the serious findings and recommendations contained in the report on intercountry adoption commissioned by UNICEF and the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and carried out by International Social Services (ISS).  An earlier report published last August by the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) was also considered in making the decision.

 

The UNICEF/ISS report, which was accepted by the Vietnamese Government, “proposes that Vietnam suspends intercountry adoptions for the necessary period during the year 2010 that will enable it to ensure optimal implementation of the Hague Convention and to prepare for the entry into force of the new law on adoption in 2011”.  The Report also raises serious questions regarding adoption practices in Vietnam, including as follows:

 

(a) inter-country adoptions from Vietnam are essentially influenced by foreign demand, i.e. the availability of children who are “adoptable” abroad corresponds more to the existence of foreign prospective adopters than to the actual needs of “abandoned” and orphaned children;

(b) the circumstances under which babies become “adoptable” are invariably unclear and disturbing;

(c) the inter-country adoption  system is grounded in a remarkably unhealthy relationship between the mediating agencies and specific residential facilities; and

(d) Governments and central authorities of “receiving countries” collectively at least, and individually in many instances have not effectively committed themselves to applying the basic principles of the Hague Convention or the recommendations of the treaty’s practical operation, in their dealings with Vietnam.

 

Speaking this afternoon, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Barry Andrews, T.D. said, “I am acutely aware of the disappointment that will be felt as a result of this announcement.  Most prospective adoptive parents that I have met in recent weeks have above all else asked for certainty and an end to the speculation about the Government’s intentions.  Though this is not the news many were hoping for, it will allow prospective adoptive parents to make future choices based on the fact that intercountry adoption with Vietnam will be suspended until Hague ratification is completed in both countries.”

 

The Minister added, “I am fully convinced of the Vietnamese Government’s commitment to improving child protection services.  They are well advanced in putting in place the legislative framework that supports safe and secure domestic and intercountry adoption.  Child protection practice is improving.  However, the latest expert opinion points to worrying practices today.  Of greatest concern is the question of whether the child is “adoptable”.  The issues of consent and the exchange of fees are critical in the adoption process.  These two fundamental features of adoption law must be addressed prior to any bilateral agreement.  I am confident that in the near future Vietnam will ratify the Hague Convention and at that time, I would hope and expect adoptions to resume.”

 

This decision comes at the end of a very difficult process for prospective parents.  The path to intercountry adoption is difficult and made more so in Ireland by the excessive waiting times.  I have pointed to provisions in the new Adoption Bill that will, I hope, provide potential to reduce the waiting lists by creating a new assessment process.  The nature of intercountry adoption is that countries “open” and “close”.  Both receiving and sending countries will at times suspend intercountry adoption arrangements.  It is very possible that by the time the person wishing to adopt from a certain country of origin gets a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability that their designated country may have closed and they are then forced to look at other sending countries.”

 

“When any Government enters into a bilateral international adoption agreement, there is an expectation that the Government has satisfied itself that current policies and practice in the country of origin are robust.  A level of security and comfort is derived from the fact that a Government has signed up to such an agreement.  While accepting that an element of risk always attaches to intercountry adoption, the standard required to allow a Government enter into a bilateral agreement is high.  At this moment, there is sufficient evidence to caution against entering into such an agreement with Vietnam,” said the Minister.

 

The Government has committed to providing technical assistance to the Vietnamese authorities in the area of child welfare and protection to help prepare the way for ratification of the Hague Convention should the Vietnamese wish to avail of such an offer.

 

The Minister stated, “I am very conscious that people will be left asking where they should now turn in order to effect an adoption.  I have asked the Adoption Board to identify Hague countries that would be willing to enter into administrative arrangements with Ireland, which would facilitate intercountry adoption. I understand that the Adoption Board has made contact with a number of jurisdictions in the hope of establishing new arrangements to facilitate intercountry adoption. 

 

Furthermore, having met with the Adoption Board to discuss future arrangements for persons with Declarations of Eligibility and Suitability for Vietnam, the Board has agreed the following arrangements:

• all couples/individuals currently with a declaration of eligibility and suitability for Vietnam may select a new country to adopt from, subject to submitting the usual change of country report to the Adoption Board, but may also retain their current place on the HHAMA list for Vietnam, which is being maintained;
• in the event of Vietnam reopening, those on the Vietnamese waiting list, whose declarations have not been used in the meantime to effect an adoption in another country, will be in a position to proceed without delay and having regard to their position on the Vietnam list.
• all couples/individuals currently with a Declaration of Eligibility and Suitability for Vietnam but who have sought to change in recent months will be in a position to avail of the foregoing arrangements.

 

Couples/individuals wishing to change their country of origin are advised to contact their local social worker who will facilitate the change.  The HSE has indicated that the process will not involve the need to revert to the Local Adoption Committee.

 

“I am confident that Vietnam will ratify the Hague Convention in the near future.  It is significant that the Hague Conference has identified Vietnam for priority assistance this year.  In this regard, I hope and expect that Vietnam will reopen for intercountry adoption with Ireland in the not too distant future,” said the Minister.

 

The Minister concluded by saying, “I am very conscious of the position of the children who have been adopted into this country from Vietnam in recent years.  We all have a responsibility to these children and the status of their adoptions is not in question.  These adoptions have gone through a lengthy legal process and have been entered into the Register of Foreign Adoptions.  Any discussion on today’s announcement should take this into account.”  

 

Source : Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Department of Health and Children | 14.01.2010.

 

- Link between Intercountry Adoption and Humanitarian Aid.
Extraits de "Adoption from Viet Nam. Findings and recommendations of an assessment". Service Social International (SSI). Novembre 2009.

 

 

10/12/2009

Inde. La Haute Cour resserre les normes d'adoption pour les étrangers.

High court tightens adoption norms for foreigners

 

Mumbai: Foreign adoptions may become a bit more expensive but much safer for children. According to the guidelines suggested by a court-appointed expert committee on Tuesday, prospective parents would have to deposit an amount over and above the standard adoption fee of US $3,500 while the child would have to undergo a complete psychological evaluation before going abroad. But couples adopting children with special needs would not have to pay the additional amount.

 

The court had appointed additional solicitor-general DJ Khambata as amicus curiae (friend of the court) and sought the assistance of Asha Bajpai from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences to frame the guidelines. The committee was set up in the light of the case of 14-year-old Mita (name changed), who was sent back to India from the US in September 2008 after developing behavioural problems.

 

Most children adopted by foreign couples have led hard lives as they are orphaned or deserted, justice DY Chandrachud observed. "Chances of maladjustment are extraordinarily high in these children," he said.

 

The guidelines propose evaluation by a psychologist from a government hospital or a panel of the Central Adoption Regulatory Authority (Cara). Children would be allowed to acclimatise themselves with the prospective parents for two weeks in India. Only after the psychologist certifies that the child is ready would the adoption move ahead.

 

Moreover, adoptions would be sanctioned only under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act  and the Juvenile Justice Act, under which they are irrevocable.

 

Khambata said that only the court that had allowed the adoption would have the power to revoke it.

 

The amicus curiae also told the court that children should be sent abroad only after the adoption is completed and not during the period of guardianship. This would give the child the citizenship of the adoptive parents.

 

Jagannath Pati from Cara told the court that there were only five reported instances of children being sent back in the past 10 years. So, the court felt that the earlier proposed amount of US $5,000 would be a deterrent for prospective parents and reduced it to Rs25,000. With about 700 foreign adoptions each year recorded by Cara, justice Chandrachud said this would generate a corpus of Rs1.75 crore as a safety fund for rehabilitation of children in failed adoptions.

 


The court allowed an intervention application filed by Sakhee, an NGO. Jamshed Mistry and Pradeep Havnur, advocates for Sakhee, suggested that the guidelines should also cover instances of malpractice in foreign adoptions. They said there are a number of cases where adopted children changed several foster homes and came back to trace their roots.

 


Pati said increased awareness had brought down the number of foreign adoptions while adoptions within the country had surged.

 


The court has asked the committee appointed by the central woman and child development ministry to consider the suggestion of a safety fund and a trust. It indicated that the guidelines would be accepted at the next hearing on January 8.

 


Source: Daily News & Analysis India

 

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