Mumbai’s great adoption rush 

http://www.hindustantimes.com/storypage ... afc53f8525

When Aarti and Himesh Mehta (names changed) decided to adopt after eight long years of childlessness, they didn’t know the wait for a child would be longer. After a few adoption agencies gave them the disappointing news that it could take two years before a child would be available for them, they registered at a local agency where the waiting list of parents wasn’t as long.

That was May last year. But the Mehtas are yet to be shown a baby they can take home.

“The child will be our support; our reason to live. The wait is difficult,” said 36-year-old Himesh.

Theirs is not an unusual story.

Five years ago, adoption agencies in the city were having a hard time finding families for children. Now, it’s the other way round. There are almost 500 couples on the waiting lists of the 14 authorised adoption agencies but less than 150 children who are legally free for adoption.

As a result, it can take anywhere between six months to 1.5 years before you take a child home. Those who register at popular adoption agencies like Shradhanand Mahilashram, Matunga and Vatsalya Trust, Kanjur Marg, have to wait for at least two-three years.

"here’s no need to promote adoption in Mumbai anymore. So many parents are coming forward for adoption that we don’t have enough children,” said senior social worker Vandana Patil of Adoption Coordinating Agency.

It’s no surprise that Mumbai is now called the ‘Adoption Capital’. “There were 400 adoptions in Mumbai last year,” said Patil.

At Bal Asha Trust in Mahalaxmi, there were over 100 enquiries in the last six months.

“Media attention and education has made adoption much more popular. So many people call or come to the centre that we can’t handle all queries,” said administrator Sunil Arora.

And, it’s not just couples who have been unsuccessful in having biological children who want to adopt.

Over 25 per cent of those registered with agencies, want to adopt simply because they want to provide a home to a child, according to Patil.

Now every child finds a home. Those who are not adopted by Indians or non-resident Indian families, are readily accepted by foreigners.
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Antallet af adoptioner styrtdykker (Berlingske.dk) 

http://www.berlingske.dk/article/200801 ... 701140056/

Kun 430 børn blev i 2007 hjemtaget fra udlandet til danske adoptivforældre. Det er næsten 300 færre end i 2000.

Af Line Holm Nielsen og Bodil Jessen
Mandag den 14. januar 2008, 22:30

Markant færre barnløse får lov at opleve lykken i form af et adoptivbarn.

Kun omkring 430 børn blev hjemtaget i 2007, viser nye tal fra de to store adoptionsorganisationer, Danadopt og AC Børnehjælp. Adoptionsstatistikken viser et voldsomt fald på ganske få år. Så sent som i 2000 hentede danske par 716 børn hjem.

»Det er ganske enkelt blevet så populært i hele verden at adoptere, at der er flere om buddet. Samtidig er de lande, hvor børnene kommer fra, blevet rigere og dermed bedre til at adoptere internt,« siger Jørgen-Ulrich Raunskov, direktør i AC Børnehjælp.

Tal fra AC Børnehjælp viser, at antallet af hjemtagelser fra især Kina og Indien er styrtdykket.

Verdenssituationen med for få adoptionsfrigivne børn til alt for mange barnløse par betyder, at danske par nu skal indstille sig på at vente i helt op til fire år, fra de er godkendt af myndighederne, til de får et barn i forslag. For få år siden var ventetiden på op til to år.

»Vi er ikke sat i verden for at skaffe børn til danske barnløse, men for at hjælpe nødstedte børn. Men det er ikke rart at skulle fortælle parrene, at der kan gå tre-fire år. De forældre, der beslutter sig for at adoptere, har ofte gjort det efter mange års barnløshed, og de har tit få år tilbage, før de bliver for gamle,« siger Jørgen-Ulrich Raunskov.

Derfor opfordrer forældreforeningen Adoption & Samfund nu politikerne til at hæve aldersgrænsen for adoptivforældre. Ældste adoptivforælder må i dag højst være 40 år ældre end barnet.

Formanden for Retsudvalget, Peter Skaarup (DF), er indstillet på at justere reglerne: »Vi må kigge fordomsfrit på de muligheder, der er for at gøre systemet mere smidigt,« siger han. Det var i går ikke muligt at få en kommentar fra justitsminister Lene Espersen (K).

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Happy New Year 

2008 is a very exciting year which I am very much looking forward to.

Thank so very much for all your donations to Shabbor.

Wishing you all the best.


Elsa, adopted from India 2006
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Happy Holidays 2007 


Sarah (2nd x-mas in Dk)


Noah, adopted January 07 from Vietnam.


Andrew Prasad / adopted at the age of 6 almost 7 from
India. Andrew will turn 8 pretty soon.


Sharon, Sarah, & Simon / all adopted from India between 13-17 months.

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Meet the people behind soulofindia.dk  

Valli and Casper are two amazing people who started the Danish forum for those adopted. It's a great forum with several interesting reads. Everyone adopted from around the world may join.

Great work guys. :) I am thrilled that I finally got the chance to meet you.


back : left - Valli,
front: middle- Marlene, right - Casper

Part of the early pool of first Indian generation adopted to Denmark.

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