"Stop international adoptions" 

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AMSTERDAM – International adoption invites criminal practices and should be banned, says Roelie Post, a Dutch EU official who was responsible for the dossier on Romanian children from 1999 to 2005, the Volkskrant reports.

"Adoption is legalised child trafficking," Post says, who has carried out extensive research on the topic and gained insight into how children are "freed up for adoption."

Post says that the same methods are used all over the world to satisfy the enormous demand for children.

She says she is not surprised at the reports of illegal adoptions from India recently. "These kinds of scandals are par for the course," she said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news
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India demands return of adopted child 

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HILVERSUM – An Indian boy that was adopted by a Dutch couple six years ago must return to his country of birth. Indian authorities are demanding that the child undergo a DNA test and be reunited with his birth parents. A police investigation in India reportedly indicates that the child was not voluntarily put up for adoption but stolen and sold to an orphanage.

The television programme Netwerk reported this on Tuesday on the basis of the police reports and investigation in India. The Dutch adoption parents received a letter from the Indian police in February asking them to return the child.

The reports to which Netwerk has gained access show that the boy disappeared from his family's home in the middle of the night in 1999. In 2005 the Indian police arrested a gang of kidnappers who admitted they had stolen the boy and sold him to an orphanage. The child was put up for adoption via an adoption agency but it has now emerged that the release forms regarding his family history were forged, Netwerk reports.

When the biological mother heard that her child was still alive, she said she planned to do everything in her power to get the boy back. "Some people say: your child has a good life there, leave him be. But I am waiting for my child." Last year the mother started legal action to try and get her child back. The court has not yet made a definitive ruling.

The adoptive parents say the situation at hand is terrible, for the biological parents as well. It is unclear whether they plan to give the child back to the biological parents. The Dutch couple have called on the media to leave them alone in the best interests of the child.

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Subject: Dutch news
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Netherlands probes illegal adoptions 

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The Hague - The Dutch ministry of justice has launched an investigation into alleged illegal adoptions of children from India.

The Indian authorities claim that at least 350 adoptions arranged by one orphanage were illegal. Fifty-three of the children were adopted by Dutch parents.

Last week a Dutch television current affairs programme showed Indian parents from the city of Madras claiming their child had been stolen from them six years ago. Later they discovered he had been given up for adoption to a Dutch couple with official adoption papers.

The Indian couple has filed a return request for their child with the Dutch Central Authority, the body responsible for the return of children illegally obtained abroad.

The report also showed evidence of the allegedly dubious role played by the Meiling Foundation, which mediated in Dutch-Indian adoption processes.

Following the broadcast, Rene Hoksbergen, former chair of adoption law at the Royal University of Utrecht, said the allegations were "likely to be true".

Money plays an important role, Hoksbergen said. Adoptions are a profitable business, especially from abroad. In India, orphanages receive more money from foreign than from national adoptions.

On Tuesday Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin of the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) said the Dutch youth care inspection authority has launched an investigation into the role of the Meiling Foundation.

The investigation will be conducted by an independent party, Hirsch-Ballin wrote in a letter to parliament.

On Tuesday, the Dutch prosecution office notified Hirsch-Ballin it does not yet see any reason to start a criminal investigation into the affair.

The justice minister said he would update the parents about any new developments and added that the "allegations that were made are very serious".

The Meiling Foundation said it would fully co-operate with the investigation by the justice ministry. Between 1994 and 2002 the foundation brought 53 children to the Netherlands. - Sapa-DPA
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Minister stopper adoption fra Indien from DR 1 

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Minister stopper adoption fra Indien 11. jun. 2007 00.02 Indland Opdat.: 11. jun. 2007 00.08 Adoption af børn fra Indien bliver nu midlertidigt stoppet af familie- og forbrugerminister Carina Christensen. Det sker, efter at DR's 21 Søndag har afsløret, at adoptivbørn, der er kommet til Danmark fra Indien, kan være ofre for menneskehandel eller kidnapninger. Jeg er foruroliget over de forhold, som er kommet frem. Jeg kan ikke acceptere, at børn gøres til forretning, og det er helt uantageligt, hvis en dansk organisation har medvirket gennem at betale overpris til de indiske samarbejdspartnere, siger Carina Christensen i en pressemeddelelse.

Den omtalte organisation er AC Børnehjælp, som ifølge 21 Søndag har været dybt involveret i nogle af Indiens største adoptionsskandaler. Carina Christensen beder nu Familiestyrelsen om at gennemgå foreningens regnskaber for at få afklaret, hvorvidt AC Børnehjælp har fulgt de retningslinjer for betaling og donationer, som eksisterer i Indien, oplyser ministeren.
Vi skal være helt trygge

De adoptionssager fra Indien, som i øjeblikket er under behandling, vil blive tjekket grundigt igen, og de vil kun blive gennemført, hvis de danske myndigheder får dokumentation for, at de kørt efter reglerne. Det drejer sig om et fåtal, oplyses der i pressemeddelelsen. Der vil ikke blive optaget flere danske adoptanter på ventelisten, før vi fra dansk side er helt trygge ved, at adoptioner fra Indien kan gennemføres på betryggende vis, siger Carina Christensen.
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Pay in dollars and adopt a child (Posted Monday , June 19, 2006 at 19:51) 

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Pune: Adoption is not charity—it's about creating a new family. However, for foreigners looking for Indian babies the drill is simple. They just need to talk dollars.

Six CNN-IBN reporters conducted a Special Investigation over six months in Pune, Maharashtra, Rourkela, Cochin and London.

Two CNN-IBN reporters posed as an NRI couple wanting to adopt a child. They landed up at an adoption center in Pune called Preet Mandir, where the owner J S Bhasin has babies on offer—readymade and off the shelf.

What J S Bhasin does is a crime and the law calls such a person a child trafficker. Bhasin has been selling babies to foreigners for years, breaking every adoption law in the country. Preet Mandir is his baby shop.

The CNN-IBN investigation found that Bhasin runs a countrywide network to source unwanted babies and he may be even stealing them. The babies come from hapless unwed mothers, and he always makes sure he gets the babies cheap.

Bhasin then sells them to uninformed foreigners, often for as much as Rs 5.5 lakh per baby.

CNN-IBN reporters posed as wealthy and childless NRIs and pretended that they were scared of paperwork and red tape.

A conversation with Bhasin revealed that he would go to any length to traffic a baby.

When the reporters met 'social workers' at Preet Mandir, they were assured that the adoption was a simple process.

The team just walked in and the 'social workers' asked them to select a baby.

CNN-IBN: "I have a medical problem and want to adopt a child, but my husband is dead against it. I however, am convinced but I have no idea how to go about the entire adoption process."

CNN-IBN: "How much do NRIs normally pay to adopt a child?"

J S Bhasin: "Well earlier it was between $6000 to $8000. Then prices went up and it is now $12,000. You see Indians — soldiers, rickshaw pullers — cannot afford to pay so much. They just give about Rs 5000, but I say it's okay because then there are people like you who are supporting them $12,000."

And in the proces all these laws are forgotten.

NRIs should first register with a child welfare agency in the country of their residence.

The agency has to be recognised in India as well. Inter-country adoption is a year-long process that ends with the mandatory approval of a High Court.
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