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Réouverture des adoptions intra européennes ? Sujet d'une résolution au Parlement européen.

Victor Bostinaru UE.jpgIntra European Adoptions ?
Reopening intercountry adoption – subject of a Resolution of the European Parliament


Published by www.victorbostinaru.ro on Tuesday 18 January 2011 (informal translation)


On Monday night, European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg has discussed an initiative of 62 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), mostly Italians, to re-open international adoptions to the European Union. Although both the debate and the resolution aimed at the general situation of international adoptions in all 27 Member States, in the MEPs speeches, Romania was the country mentioned almost exclusively with the criticism that its legislation does not allow international adoptions. The MEPs resolution will be put to vote tomorrow, 19 January.

The European Parliament debate comes less than a year after the petition of the Italian organisation Amici dei Bambini “, which called for the reopening of international adoptions by Romania, the proposal was closed by MEP Victor Bostinaru (PSD) and with the agreement of all members of the Petition Committee of the European Parliament.

MEP Victor Bostinaru welcomed last night’s debate in the European Parliament plenary session on the premise that “protection of child rights is and should be a priority of each EU member state as long as our ultimate goal for everybody here is to promote children’s interest. ”

At the same time, however, the MEP reminded those present that “opening the gates for international adoptions in Romania, has meant creating an unprecedented network of child trafficking, including cases of kidnapping children and selling them to the West, in collaboration with European and international organisations. ”

“Between 1997 and 2000, Romania has “exported” 9.150 children and my country will not ever again accept such a monstrosity,” said Victor Bostinaru.

In concluding his intervention in the plenary, Victor Bostinaru asked Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and Vice President of the European Commission Viviane Reding to clarify the allegations published in Romanian and international media regarding the establishment of a European Agency for Adoption. According to revelations in the press in December last year, the European Commission pressured the law firm appointed to draw up a report on the status of adoptions in the 27 EU member states to include the conclusion that there is a need for the establishment of a European Adoption Agency.This agency should be followed to unite all the lobby mechanisms in order to force Romania to reopen international adoptions.

Sources : UAI news et ACT 


- European Union, Romania MEPs debate Romanian adoptions
‘Irish Times’ reports that the European Parliament tabled the issue of adoptions from Romania – which were halted in 2001. While there is now a pressure on Romania to make international adoptions possible, the country resists, saying that 9,500 children left the country through adoption in the three years between 1997 and 2000 and they do not wish to repeat this experience again. Parliament will vote on a resolution regarding this issue.
Source : Irish Times | 19.01.2011


- United Adoptees International Against Intra European Adoptions
Europe Heading for New Markets Romania used as Battering ram
Last Monday the European Parliament debated about a proposed resolution for intra European adoptions, especially to reopen adoptions from Romania. Nothing has created more tension in the European Adoption debate politically, as the closure of Romania at the beginning of this century. It seems that the European Parliament and also many allied organisations within Europe has forgotten the history and the need for immediate halt of Romanian Adoptions early 2000.



Roumanie, France. Une famille rom vend un enfant sur base d'un plan de versement

‘Nine O’Clock’ reports of an illegal adoption between a French and a Romanian family. French prosecutors arrested the adoptive parents as they were paying the last installment for the child that was born in 2004. It is quite unfortunate that the article mentions the ethnic origin of the biological parents – which has nothing to do with the story.

A French family bought a Roma child from Romania, paying EUR 5,000 on the basis of an installment plan. DIICOT prosecutors apprehended the child’s parents on Monday, the day in which the last installment had to be paid. The two were arraigned before the Timis County Court’s magistrates with the proposal to place them under preventive arrest.

The deal was sealed in 2004 back when the child was born, opiniatimisoarei.ro informs. The child was sold immediately after birth. The parents forged paperwork too, so that the child’s birth certificate lists the French woman as his mother. His natural parents then returned to Romania where they started to receive the installments.

Source : Nine OClock | 12.01.2011


Dans les tranchées du "Joint Council on International Childrens Services".

Logo Romania For Export Only.jpgFrom the trenches of JCICS

PoundPupLegacy  today found the doors to the Joint Council on International Children’s Services’ membership area wide open.

For those who don’t know, JCICS is the umbrella organisation of the US adoption agencies and other members of the adoption industry. With the downgoing number of intercountry adoptions, it is a trade organisation that is fighting for its life. More on that you can find in its 2009 Stakeholders document.

There is a lot of interesting details in their Board Meeting minutes, although the larger part is about fundraing, diminushing staff etc.

Here some parts I found especially interesting:

JCICS Board Meeting 14 March 2007:


The book “Romania for Export Only: The Untold Story of Romania is making its way around Europe and is cause for concern.

L. Wetterberg

Funny, because I launched my book only on the 25th of February 2007 and up to 14 March only friends, colleagues and relatives had bought the book. On the 14th March, however, the book was ordered by both Francois de Combret and Linda Robak – two of the main characters of the book.  But by now Ms. Wetterberg has been proven to be right: the book made its way in Europe and not only there, but also outside Europe, in fact worldwide

Ms. Wetterberg, owner of the defunct agency Uniting Families charged up to 40.000 US dollars for a Romanian child. And yes, that’s also in the book.

Then this: please read carefully – emphasis mine:

JCICS Board Meeting 17 June 2005:


JCICS was part of a meeting yesterday with three congressional offices, two from Kentucky and one from Illinois. Through a meeting with Chris Smith, they were referred to the Helsinki Commission, one of the largest Human Rights watch groups in the world, and a meeting has been set with them for 3pm today. Also discussed was the February 2004 letter from Pierre Poupard of UNICEF to the Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase as it directly contradicts the UNICEF statement from January 2004 that indicated international adoption is one viable form of child welfare. (See attachment to minutes.)

It was learned that there are several leaders in the U.S. that may be able to help influence the       situation. Senator Landrieu is on the subcommittee for the U.N. and also serves on the      appropriations committee which governs funding for UNICEF. Also, there are several EU parliamentarians from within the U.S. government that serve as direct liaisons. Tom Lundsford who works within the DOS is also a liaison.

A summit will be held between the European Union and President Bush in D.C. starting Monday.
There will be a meeting between the EU officials and congressional leaders next Thursday, and For  the Children (a pipeline advocacy group) is trying to get pending cases on the agenda as private comments.

DOS continues to help advocate for the pipeline cases as well. Maura Harty had a recent meeting  with President Basescu, which led to the President writing a letter to the EU requesting permission to process the remaining pipeline cases.

“so, there are several EU parliamentarians from within the U.S. government that serve as direct liaisons.”  Huh? EU parliamentarians from within the U.S. government????
True, the European Parliament at that time had a few MEP’s (Members of the European Parliament) that appeared to be very very focussed on getting Romania’s adoptions reopened. And yes, that’s also in the book.
But, how to understand this ‘from within the U.S. government… Mindboggling.

And ‘For the Children’ – I wrote about them in a previous blog post.

More later, will continue reading the material.


Source: Romania For Export Only.

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Roumanie. La bataille des adoptions internationales atteint le sommet.

La Commission européenne a falsifié un rapport officiel, publié partiellement il y a un an, pendant la Conférence de Défis dans les Procédures d'Adoption en Europe, à Strasbourg du 30 novembre au 1 décembre 2009. Exclusivement pour Jurnalul National plusieurs experts ont apporté le témoignage de la pression mise sur leur travail par des hauts fonctionnaires de la Comission Européenne, afin d'arriver à la conclusion de la nécessité de l'établissement d'une "Agence Européenne de l'Adoption". L'enjeu de cette nouvelle agence : la création d'un "marché" pour des adoptions européennes par laquelle la Roumanie serait forcée de rouvrir les adoptions internationales.
Derrière cette décision, des groupes de pression pro-adoption de la France, d'Italie, d'Espagne et des États-Unis.


Battle of international adoptions reaches peak
The European Commission Forges Official Report

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.

On December 1, in Strasbourg - France, the European Commission and the Council of Europe organized a conference on adoptions. Originally it was to take place behind closed doors, but it became public after Jurnalul National revealed the backstage games behind it and the attempt to invite only the adoption lobby, through the mediation of the Italian EC official Patrizia De Luca. Surprisingly, at the end of the conference the conclusion of a report were presented, which recommended the need for establishing a European Adoption Agency. The long awaited report did not become public and was kept secret at the conference in Strasbourg. It was not made public until spring 2010, after pressure from several non-governmental organizations. Even so, the details of the report were never made public. One of the aims of the report, which needed the consent and approval of all Member States of the EU, was to reopen international adoptions at European level and thus forcing Romania to repeal the law 274, which forbids the adoption of Romanian children by foreigners.

One year after the scandal of this conference, Jurnalul National has been able to reveal what is hidden behind the report but, much worse, to also reveal pressure from the European Commission on the Belgian law firm, which drafted the report, in order to falsify data. The study has cost 250,000 euros, European public money, and consisted of interviews with more than 500 experts, lawyers, social workers, adoptive parents and adopted children. The study focused on the state of play of adoptions in the 27 EU member states. The final conclusion of the report was that clearly there was an urgent need to establish the European Agency for Adoption.

In reality, however, this conclusion proved to be a factual lie, for which officials of the European Commission signed, under the pressure of lobby groups in several Western countries with direct interest in the reopening of international adoptions from Romania. The study and the report were prepared by the law firm DBB - Demolin - Brulard – Barthelemy in Brussels, an associate of the French law firm PDGB.

Here is the stupefying testimony of one of the experts who prepared the country studies and the European Commission's report. "We were asked to conduct a study and a report identifying the needs of children, social services, the needs of the adopters and solutions for each country in order to improve the adoption and care system. We developed a questionnaire for each EU country. Then we interviewed over 500 subjects. Most of them answered they want better social protection, support for adopted children, post adoption assistance for adoptive parents after adoption, and some country-specific problems. There was only one question on whether it is necessary to establish a European Agency for adoptions. Only a few lawyers, out of the 500 subjects considered the new agency as necessary. Finally, we presented the conclusions and the report to the European Commission. When they saw the results they went mad at us and refused to acknowledge the study and its recommendations. They said the study would only be accepted if we would follow their main recommendation of setting up a European Agency for Adoption. Or, in reality, only a few had said such an agency would be good. Our firm’s prestige was at stake. We have been forced in the end to accept this conclusion, although it is not the reality. However they added whatever they wanted. We have been put in a situation with no alternative, because our company has several contracts with the European Commission and other European institutions. We could also risk losing these as customers. If we did not do it, they would have gone to another company and get the result they were looking for. "If you don’t make the recommendation about the new agency, you do not get your money” - this was the message of the European Commission ", Jurnalul National was told, on condition of anonymity, by one of the experts directly involved in the realization of the research and the report.

Lying was necessary for the lobby groups and adoption agencies in order to establish the "adoption market." "European States would have a limit, for example of two years, in which the children can stay in care, after which they would become adoptable. First in their country, and after a period of time they get on the European list. If not adopted this second time, then the children are put on the international adoption list. Such a system would take away the responsibility of the Member States to provide care for children temporarily or permanently deprived of parental care (UN Convention Rights of the Child). A European Adoption Agency – as EU institution staffed by EU civil servants – would take all responsibility away from national Member states and would create a full fledged free market. Adoption agencies from all over the world would be competing to get the children. Member States will have less incentives to create appropriate care for children, or to place children back into their own families, invoking that having the children adopted will save a lot of money on child protection and social protection costs. It is important to realize that children in care, foster and residential, have families and mostly are in contact with them. Adoption changes identity and cuts permanently all family ties”, said European official Roelie Post, seconded to the NGO Against Child Trafficking. She says the number of children legally adopted internationally has declined. Since Romania's accession to EU, the number of children available for adoption decreased worldwide from 40,000 to 20,000 per year. A future European Adoptions Agency will also have the problem of legality, because the EU has no legal powers on the issue of international adoptions, which are directly regulated by protocols between the Member States, and work under national competence.

Roelie Post followed this phenomenon and she believes that the report was meant to be used in the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child. Without success so far, the EU strategy on children's rights, announced since 2006, but not yet finalized. The initiative was called "the Frattini strategy”, then Vice President of the European Commission, and who concretized the fake report of the EC in 2010. Roelie Post wrote a book about the export of Romanian ‘orphans’ until the introduction of Law 273 and 274 of 2004 that stopped the business with adoptions from Romania.

The book and more information can be found at: http://www.romania-forexportonly.eu


Source: Jurnalul National | 3 décembre 2010

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.
Via United Adoptees International.





Nine Kooiman.jpgSP-Tweede Kamerlid Nine Kooiman en SP-europarlementariër Dennis de Jong willen opheldering over het bericht dat de Europese Commissie over de hoofden van adoptiekinderen probeert meer macht naar zich toe te trekken. Een Roemeense kwaliteitskrant onthulde vandaag dat de Europese Commissie onderzoekers onder druk heeft gezet om te concluderen dat er behoefte bestaat aan een Europees Adoptie Agentschap terwijl het onderliggende onderzoek die conclusie niet staaft. Kooiman: 'We kennen allemaal de zucht naar meer middelen en meer macht van de Europese Commissie, maar dat de problemen rond adoptie daarvoor gebruikt worden, zou ik verschrikkelijk vinden. Juist adoptiekinderen verdienen extra bescherming en zorgvuldigheid.'


Adoptieschandalen in het verleden zijn voor Roemenië aanleiding geweest te stoppen met interlandelijke adopties. Nu zouden er pogingen worden ondernemen Roemenië te dwingen de grenzen voor adopties weer te openen. De geruchten over het tot stand brengen van een Europees adoptiebeleid zijn er al langer. Kooiman: 'Ik heb daar recent nog een aantal kritische vragen over gesteld maar die zijn nog niet beantwoord. Maar deze onthulling van vandaag gaat nog verder dan wat ik al vermoedde.'


De SP is er geen voorstander van interlandelijke adopties Europees te gaan stimuleren, omdat het uitgangspunt moet zijn dat kinderen zoveel mogelijk in hun oorspronkelijke omgeving op kunnen groeien. Adoptie uit het buitenland is bovendien een kwetsbaar proces. Kooiman: 'Als het waar is dat de Europese Commissie onderzoeksresultaten manipuleert hebben we een probleem. Niet alleen omdat het onacceptabel is dat onderzoeken worden aangepast zodat Europa meer macht naar zich toe kan trekken. Maar vooral omdat het hier gaat om kwetsbare kinderen. Het belang van het kind moet voorop staan, niet het belang van de Europese Commissie.'


Kooiman heeft schriftelijke vragen gesteld aan de staatssecretaris van Buitenlandse Zaken en de staatssecretaris van Justitie, die over adoptie gaat.


Bron : SP. Socialistische Partij. Nederland. 03-12-2010.



SP vraagt opheldering over mogelijk machtsmisbruik Europese Commissie inzake adoptiebeleid
Europa nu  3.12.2010


European Adoption Agency
De Wereld is van Iedereen, 4.12.2010

Beaucoup de documents dans "Comparative study on adoption procedures in the Member States of the European Union - 16/12/2009" pour finalement arriver à 1 seule conclusion : la possibilité d'une Agence européenne de l'adoption.
Tout les citoyens européens peuvent consulter les documents de cette étude comparative sur  "European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters"
A la page 209 du rapport de synthèse : "Creation of a European adoption agency".

En novembre 2006, lors d'un colloque à Bruxelles organisé par l'Alliance des Libéraux et Démocratiques d'Europe, Mme Claire Gibault et Mr Jean-Marie Cavada (Députés européens) préconisaient déjà une "Agence Européenne de l'Adoption".



Le film "Cherche un enfant, paie cash. Le lobby de l'adoption." parmi les nominés Kindernothilfe 2010 !

Kindernothilfe _ Medienpreis 2010_ Die Nominierten stehen fest.jpgDouze journalistes nominés pour Kindernothilfe Prix des Media.
Remise des prix le 12 Novembre à Berlin.



(Duisburg, le 5 août 2010). Un jury de cinq membres indépendants a choisi parmi 65 candidatures provenant de l'Allemagne, d'Autriche et de la Suisse, douze journalistes qui ont publié ces dernières années des travaux sur les droits de l'enfant. Sous les auspices de Christina Rau nomme et honore les gagnants du Kindernothilfe avec de nombreuses célébrités  a Berlin. "Dans les quatre catégories de TV, radio, presse écrite et photographie, cette année, cette le thème de fuite des migrations» est traité, explique Sascha Decker, porte-parole du Kindernothilfe. "Les soumissions ont été pour la plupart très forte. Le jury n'a pas eu une décision facile à prendre "


Harald Biskup (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger), Oswald Eggenschwiler (NZZ am Sonntag), Renate Friedrich (n-tv), Andreas Fritzsche (chrisme) et Renata Schmidt Kunz (ORF) ont nommé les journalistes suivants pour le prix Kindernothilfe "Droits de l'enfant dans un Monde”:

TV: Gabriele Probst, "Laisser seuls - les enfants du sida en Ukraine" (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg), Golineh Ataï, «Cherche enfant, payer en cash – Le Lobby d’Adoption» (WDR)  , Kajo Fritz, "L’ange de Ghana" (RTL )

Radio: Rebecca Hillauer, "Les jeunes âmes - des produits bon marché, les enfants dans le tourisme sexuel" (Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg), Keno Verseck, «Laissé seul» (Allemagne Funk), Jens Jarisch, «Les enfants de Sodome et Gomorrhe - Pourquoi les jeunes Africains fuient vers l'Europe »(Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg)

Imprime: Gaby Herzog, «Les esclaves de la maison de Port-au-Prince" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Meike Dinklage, «Sauvé» (Brigitte), le fusil Nicolas, «L'avant-garde du bonheur» (Der Spiegel)

Photo: Martin Steffen, «Enfants Restavec » (NZZ, RP, WDR, etc), Christoph Gödan, "Les Mères grandes» (continents), Hartmut Schwarzbach, "Les braves enfants de Diwalwal Gold" (Continents / magazine Missio)

Kindernothilfe donne ce prix des médias depuis 1999, avec une valeur de 2500 € dans ces catégories. Les contributions journalistiques exceptionnelles contribueront à sensibiliser le public aux droits des enfants, en particulier les abus des droits des enfants.

Source: Kindernothilfe.





Le Président roumain: la loi sur l'adoption en Roumanie ne changera pas durant mon mandat

Romanian President Traian Basescu.jpgLe Président roumain Traian Basescu a déclaré ce jeudi à Bruxelles que la loi sur l’adoption de son pays ne changera pas, "au moins" pas pendant son mandat, quel que soit le lobby en faveur de la modification apportée "à Bruxelles et ailleurs."

Une pétition pour la réouverture des adoptions internationales en Roumanie a été rejetée le 23 Mars 2010 à la demande de l'eurodéputé roumain Victor Bostinaru, unanimement soutenu par le Comité des Pétitions du Parlement Européen.


Bostinaru a dit qu'à l'époque, avant son adhésion à l'UE, l'Union européenne elle-même avait demandé que la Roumanie interdise les adoptions internationales et que cette decision a bien été  accueillie par le Parlement Européen et la Commission Européenne. Il a ajouté que toute tentative de remettre ce sujet à l'agenda des institutions de l'UE, ou de pressions sur la Roumanie, doit être rapidement et fermement réfutée.


Source : Mediafax, Romania For Export Only

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Adoption ou vente. L'influence de l'industrie de l'adoption dans l'Union Européenne

adoption oder verkauf.jpgADOPTION OR SALE. The influence of the adoption industry in the EU

The welfare of the child concerned is in the subject of international adoption not always at the center of the decision. And: Behind it an industry operates with tangible economic interests. Which is also very active in the EU.

An Internet video of the Italian adoption agency Amici dei Bambini. Several African children stand in front a few huts and look confused at the camera. In the background, CEO Marco Griffini warns: These Congolese children desperately need our help, their own parents have failed them. Here at latest Roelie post hears all the alarm bells. This Dutch woman worked until recently for the EU Commission in the area of child protection.


"They go into the poor areas and villages, and look where there are poor families or single mothers, or families in crisis, and then say we have a better solution: Your child can get into a home and get a good education. And in the end the child then goes abroad. "

Roelie Post knows many of these cases and fights for a global ban on international adoptions - also here in Europe. In the late 90s, they had discovered in Romania a systematic trade in children in care. At that time she was responsible for the allocation of EU funds to the Romanian child protection and unveiled a sophisticated system.


"Foreign adoption agencies give money for child protection in Romania and got points for it. And the adoption agencies which had the most points got also most children."

The more money a foreign adoption agency donated to a home, the more children it received for foreign adoptions. Hence the interest of the agencies to get the highest possible amount of EU aid and money children’s homes. In this way, more than 30,000 Romanian children have been taught in other countries - often without the knowledge of parents. Roelie Post turned to her highest boss: Günter Verheugen, Enlargement Commissioner at that time. He demanded an immediate stop of Romanian adoptions. Verheugen recently confirmed for the first time publicly that the case of the imminent adoption ban in Romania reached at that time, the political level:


"The political pressure came again and agaain from the same countries: From France, from Italy, Spain, Israel and the United States. I remember a conversation with the Romanian Prime Minister, to whom I said: My patience is at an end, now you allow no more adoptions or I can not help as far as the accession to the European Union. So sharp it has been. "

As a result, Romania decided in 2004 generally againstinternational adoption and now supports families in need directly, so they are no longer dependent on homes. For the adoption industry that was a shock, as will be seen. Romania has since been under enormous pressure from lobbyists.


"It is the first large country, which has really stopped: no more adoptions abroad. The lobby is afraid that other countries would follow suit, and that's what happened: That means there are currently much less children than before. So the pressure is huge. "

So also in the EU Parliament.


Marco Griffini, the head of the Italian adoption agency used the recent Petition Committee of the Parliament to nail Romania. Griffini claims Romania of violating human rights:

"I do not understand why Romania, this country that we have always loved, has banned international adoption, and denied poor children the right to a family. Finally, tens of thousands of Romanian children wait for adoptive families."

The Romanian authorities relativate Griffini’ss statistics and talk of around eight hundred children waiting for adoption.


In the EU Parliament, the Head of the Italian adoption agency gets support of the Italian Member of Parliament Patricia Toia: Romania could have a bilateral adoption agreement with Italy, she suggests. Also the relevant EU official, the Italian Patrizia de Luca finds: the request could perhaps move Romania to "rethink". Although it is her duty to be neutral. Indignation at the Romanian MEPs. Victor Bostinaru, whose country had imposed an adoption stop indeed at the insistence of the EU:


"In my country, senior politicians were implicated in child trafficking, including the judiciary and the adoption authorities. To demand now here in the EU Parliament that my country is to allow international adoption again - is not only dangerous but also morally and politically unacceptable! "


At the end the request falls through, the parliament votes against the request, that Romania might loosen its adoption ban. In the backrooms the lobbying of adoption agencies, however, continues.

Unofficial translation - original text: Adoption oder Verkauf. Der Einfluss der Adoptionsbranche auf die EU.

Source: Pound Pup Legacy.


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