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25/11/2010

Malawi. Les Chefs des régions du nord appelent à la fin des pratiques de l'adoption.

Malawi Voice end adoption.jpgSome chiefs in the Northern Region recently called for the abolition of practice of adoption and expressed anger with the practice particularly the provision in the adoption law that hands adopting parents complete ownership of the adoptees.

 

The chiefs expressed the anger in Mzuzu at a function organised by The Law Commission aimed at getting views from civil society on what should be included in the reviewed and Adoption Law which is being tailored ‘to reflect modern issues.’

“Adoption should end; it’s like selling a thing that does not speak. Orphans always have relatives and whatever law we implement, it will always bring us problems in the future,” said Inkosi Mtwalo of Mzimba.

T/A Mwakaboko of Karonga said he understood the idea of adoption but did not like the permanent ownership of by others rather than natural parents.

“Just look at Jumani [Johansson]. We are having problems now because his name was changed and his natural parents cut off,” said Mwakaboko.

He, however, said whoever puts his child for adoption should not demand tokens because assistance rendered to the child is enough for the parent to be thankful.

T/A Marlowe of Rumphi said he was against the permanent ownership phrase in the law and said those wishing to adopt should only assist in providing for the child. T/A Mkumpha 3 of Likoma and Chizumulu Islands shared the view.

However, Alan Chinula, a commissioner in the exercise, said the chiefs’ fears are baseless since the child can choose to go back to their parents after reaching maturity age.

He added that the new adoption law would make it tougher for foreigners to adopt in Malawi saying child shopping would end and that the matching process would be emphasised.

He asked government to adopt the Hague Convention which he said would be an additional tool in the adoption exercise as it centralises adoption and reinforces the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Social workers who attended the function accused chiefs of hypocrisy saying they were just defensive adding that they were not looking after the children in the villages.

The current Adoption of Children Act was enacted in 1929; a law which, chairperson of the Special Law Commission on the Adoption Act, Justice Esme Chombo, said is too old and doesn’t reflect issues like HIV, poverty and modernity.


Source : Malawi Voice. 25.11.2010.

10:48 Écrit par collectif a & a dans Adoption internationale | Lien permanent | Commentaires (0) | Tags : malawi | |  del.icio.us

09/07/2010

Kind en Toekomst : une agence néerlandaise d'adoptions impliquée dans un trafic au Malawi?

Logo-UAI-News.jpg

MALAWI - Dutch Agency involved in Trafficking ?
Orphanage sells Malawian children to Dutch Agency


Kondanani Orphanage at Bvumbwe in Thyolo district is in partnership with Kind end Toekomst-a Dutch licensed adoption agency which systematically violates Malawian law and the Dutch Ministry of Justice and “buys” orphans from Malawi.

 

Kind en Toekomst (Foundation Child and Future) officially started an adoption programme from Malawi in 2006 through the partnership with Kondanani Orphanage which is under a Dutch lady Annie Chikhwaza.

 

Eye of the Child, a local Non Governmental Organization, says Malawi Laws rule that adopters must reside 18 months in Malawi before the adoption.

 

But that is not the case with the Dutch agency which buys children from Kondanani Orphanage.

 

“In March 2007 Kind en Toekomst started cooperating with the Malawian children home Kondanani which is led by the Dutch Annie Chikwaza (married to a Malawian). According to Kind en Toekomst, Dutch adopters will only need to stay five weeks in Malawi,” reads update report accessed from one of the websites used by Chikhwaza and her Dutch partners.

 

Chikhwaza confirms the partnership in her Dutch communication on 29-08-2007 at 21.45 pm which was translated into English.

 

It reads, “…shared with you in my last newsletter that we had entered into an agreement with a Dutch Adoption Organisation. The first parents are here at present and staying with us on the property in one of the houses. They are adopting a set of twins.”

 

According to EO TV program a Dutch couple Jan en Esther Ekkel-Vorstenbosch adopted a two year old Malawian boy within 36 hours of their arrival in Malawi on 15 November 2008.

 

“36 hours after arriving in Malawi they already have a court appointment and the adoption is finalized. They have to stay some weeks in Malawi, guest house Kondanani, to wait for the visa to be provided by the Dutch Embassy in Zambia

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“They meet the grandmother of the child. Her daughter died and she hadno money to pay for milk powder. Only one of the adoptive parents is allowed to meet the grandmother and the child is not allowed to come. The programme does not make clear if the grandmother knows the childis leaving the country,” reads the site.

 

Chikhwaza further boasts, “ Several Dutch couples have changed their adoption country to Malawi now. Some are keeping blogs.

 

On this blog, it is announced that the first Dutch couple got a child proposed in April/May of “this year”.

 

Another blog, Malawiaantje, Kind en Toekomost says after a very quick procedure, for African principles, the first Dutch couple comes back on 26 August. Everything went well.

 

Kondanani Orphanage is where pop diva Madonna also adopted a child-Mercy James.

 

According to Dutch newspaper Trouw dated 27 June 2007, Kind en Toekomst pays between 12 000 and 25 000 euros for an adoption.

 

The paper adds that Agency Wereldkinderen (Children of the World) that intermediated in 2005 for 475 children from 15 different countries and one of the largest agencies, calculates between 12 000 to 30 000 euros depending, inter alia, of the country, with or without travel and adoption of one child or three.

 

The paper adds that for the adoption of a child from Brazil nearly 11 000 euros and the legal fees are 1 810 euros, the country fee is 3 695 euros, the agency costs is 4 410 euros while other expenses are budgeted at about 1 000.

 

The Children Adoption Act section 3 (5) reads, “an adoption order shall not be made in favour of any applicant who is not a resident in Malawi or in respect of any infant who so resident.”

 

The Law Commission in its 2001 Review concluded that inter country Adoptions are prohibited in Malawi.

 

According to US Department of State, “adoptive parents must be resident in Malawi" to adopt according their communication earlier.

 


Source: Malawi news | NyasaTimes breaking online news source from Malawi | 6 juillet 2010

15/06/2009

Madonna, Adoption, Kabbale & Colonialisme

[Via Romania - For export only. Par Roelie Post]

 

Marché conclu, c'est chose faite: après s'être engagée pour 12 millions de dollars au Malawi, la Cour suprême du Malawi permet à Madonna d'adopter Mercy James.

Ci-dessous, un article The Guardian intéressant à lire:

Madonna, Mercy et le Malawi: son combat pour adopter un deuxième enfant africain.

Il ya trois ans, une tempête de protestations a explosé lorsque Madonna a adopté David Banda d'un orphelinat du Malawi. Aujourd'hui, la plus haute Court de Justice du pays à décider qu'elle peut maintenant adopter Mercy James, âgé de 4 ans. Jacques Peretti enquête sur la famille de la fillette et se demande: qu'est-ce qui est le mieux pour Mercy ?


Repères


- La deuxième adoption par Madonna d'un enfant du Malawi envoie un message erroné.
Madonna's adoption of Malawian sends wrong message: agency.
Boyd McBride, National director, SOS Children's Villages Canada

 

- Malavisée, Madonna vient aider les trafiquants de bébés.
Misguided Madonna's just helping the baby traffickers.
Anna Feutchtwang is chief executive of the charity EveryChild. To donate or for more information, visit www.everychild.org.uk
Dailymail. 18.06.2009

 

- Adoption: In The Best Interest of Madgeness
Tot flown 6,000 miles from home to meet new mum Madonna and family in London.. and is whisked straight to a Kabbalah meeting.
Romania - For export only. Roelie Post



- Oh Mercy
Most adoptees have been asked, always indelicately, how much they cost.  It just seems to be something that comes up when you find yourself discussing adoption with some idiot.  I didn’t cost much.  I’m from the days when paperwork was kept to a minimum and babies didn’t cost much.  I think I came in around the $300 dollar mark.  Heck they were practically giving babies away
According To Addie.

 

- Pour adopter, mieux vaut s'appeler Madonna que Corine Dupont.
Entre les adoptions rapides des stars et celles qui durent parfois plusieurs années pour les couples «normaux», il existe une inégalité de traitement qui dérange.
Marlène Hofstetter, responsable du secteur adoption chez Terre des Hommes.


- New concerns about international adoption
'Madonna-style' inter-country adoptions are causing a rise in the number of children in orphanages, University of Liverpool psychologists concluded recently.
Universty of Liverpool - Research intelligence


- Rise in institutionalised children linked to 'Madonna-style' adoption
Psychologists at the University of Liverpool say that 'Madonna-style' inter-country adoptions are causing a rise in the number of children in orphanages.
University of Liverpool. 07 avril 2008.

10:36 Écrit par collectif a & a dans People | Lien permanent | Commentaires (1) | Tags : madonna, mercy, malawi, adoption internationale | |  del.icio.us

10/04/2009

129.000 enfants américains sont actuellement en attente d'adoption.

LA TONYA FRELIX.jpgIs international adoption about passion or trend ?


Just last week Madonna was denied the option to adopt a Malawi child, and as a result, blogs and commentary boards are abuzz on whether celebrities should adopt from overseas.

 

There's nothing wrong with giving a child a home, stable environment and loving parents. Does Madonna really have to adopt internationally to help a child become a productive adult? My first thought goes to all the children in the U.S. who are without mothers and fathers and are awaiting someone like a Madonna or Angelina Jolie to come in and sweep them out of the system.

 

According to the Dave Thomas Foundation, 129,000 American children are currently awaiting adoption. And while 79,000 children were approved for adoption last year, only 51,000 found homes through the foster care system, leaving 28,000 American children without adoptive families last year alone.

 

I'm not knocking the process and the intention, but why not seek a domestic adoption before heading overseas?

 

The Adoption Guide Web site breaks the financial costs:

- The majority of domestic newborn adoptions cost less than $25,000, while more than 75 percent of international adoptions cost more than $20,000.

- The majority of adoptions from Ethiopia and China cost between $15,000 and $25,000.

- The majority of adoptions from Russian and Guatemala cost more than $30,000.

 

Money may not be an object for Madonna, but what if she adopted locally and used whatever money she would have spent on adopting the Malawian girl on a charity?

 

I don't know what the time frame is on domestic adoptions versus international adoptions, but I recall one blog post stating some countries are tightening the laws making it difficult to adopt if the prospective parents are from another country. Is it really worth the hassle if you have children at home in dire needs as well?

 

What's the old saying? Oh, yeah. "Charity starts at home."

 

E-mail: lfrelix@hattiesburgamerican.com.


Source : Hattiesburg american.

 

03/04/2009

Lettre envoyée par United Adoptees International à l'ambassade du Royaume-Uni et des États-Unis au Malawi concernant l'adoption de Madonna.

UnitedAdopteesInternational.jpgLETTER SEND TO UK and US Embassy in Malawi regarding the Adoption of Madonna.

3 April 2009

Dear Mr. Wildash,

 

Herewith United Adoptees International is asking your attention for the issue of Intercountry Adoption regarding Malawi.

 

United Adoptees International (UAI) is the first independent adoption organisation run and managed by Intercountry Adoptees based in the Netherlands. The UAI is representing the interest of Adoptees nationally and internationally in different fields of interests. The UAI policy exist foremost out of; creating (inter)national dialogues and participation in debates regarding adoption as a phenomena and is involved in political and societal field regarding policy developments and discussions about the consequences of (intercountry) adoption for adoptees and international consequences for the long term. The UAI is an acknowledged foundation in the Netherlands which has been consulted more than once by politicians, academics, media and researchers in the field of family life and adoption.

 

The UAI wants hereby express their concern regarding the development of the explorations of new adoption channels by western parties in new adoption countries. Most of the time non-western countries. Lately the influence and impact of so-called pop culture in the perspective of social views regarding adoption does concerns us very much.

 

As we assume, you are informed about the additional adoption plan of popstar Madonna in Malawi which has raised international concern. Something which is not been dealt with since her first appeal for adoption by adopting David Banda from this country.

 

Now ms. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone seems not to have understood what kind of impact this has on international scale, the UAI wants to express their concern about the development of breaking international guidelines according to the Hague Convention on Adoption and the subsidiary rules regarding this issue.

 

Malawi, which till the adoption of ms. Ciccone, had no adoption policy, is been confronted with western NGO’s and adoption agencies since, creating safety breaches for the well being of the Children of Malawi. The Malawian Government seems not to understand that adoption should be a last resort and not a facility for western couples to adopt children from abroad nor a way to prevent implementation child welfare and child protection programs.

 

Especially when there are no safety measures like the implementation of child rights laws in such countries as Malawi, intercountry adoption cannot been disconnected from a lack of these essential laws preventing adoption as an easy escape route for countries and a facility for adopters. There is not a clear control on the process of parental consent of releasing their parental rights for the cause of adoption.

 

Even many parents who are handing over their children to the west expect them back one day, seeing adoption as a long term foster care. Many of them have no idea that intercountry adoption will be a permanent breach in lives of involved.

 

We know from resources within Malawi, that parents are not informed well enough and have most of the time no clue what adoption might cause to the child and the reality behind adoption.

 

By accepting such easy breaches of the well being of a generation young people, who are eligible to help their country to build a future, they are been immigrated against their will, to perhaps economically a better life, but without their own consent and understanding to which challenge they have to cope with. Economic wealth may never be the argument for international adoption. As all members of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption agreed on.

 

With accepting a popstar like Madonna breaking this international treaty and guidelines, we acknowledge that ethics ends by the fame of others. The UAI is highly concerned by seeing this happen decade after decade.

 

When does the interest of adoptees come first instead the wish of the rich and famous ? Child protection first and adoption as a last resort. Like we agreed on in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on Adoption.

 

Sincerely,
United Adoptees International

Hilbrand W.S. Westra BSc MA
Chairman UAI

18/10/2006

Petite lettre à un bébé du Malawi

Madonna-tourisme-ethnique.jpgMon petit David,

 

Dans ton Malawi natal, tu rêvais peut-être d'un monde meilleur.
C'est mal parti. A ton arrivée à Heathrow, tu n'as rien vu de Londres et de l'Angleterre.

 

Madonna et Guy, tes nouveaux parents, avaient envoyé une gentille dame pour te récupérer. Mais elle t'a enfoui sous un grand manteau gris qui t'a mis a l'abri des photographes. Les gardes du corps les ont repoussés. Ce n'était pas un jeu. C'est la vie qui t'attend.

 

Madonna a 18 mois pour prouver qu'elle peut s'occuper de toi.
Avait-elle le droit de te faire venir chez elle, si vite ?
Qu'en pense vraiment ton père ? Et toi, tu en penses quoi ?

 

Pipole


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