AC International Child Support: The law must be changed

10 April 2013

Organization AC International Child would have done international adoptions open, but it requires a change in the law.

Written by: Line Gertsen and Ditte Bannor-Kristensen

Chairperson Pia Brandsnes from AC International Child Support says now that adoptions from cultures as the Ethiopian should be open:
– What you have shown stresses that Ethiopia is a good example of a country where a family will never feel that they are not related to their own child – regardless of what they have signed. And therefore we believe that it is an obvious idea to make adoptions open, but it requires a change in the law, says the chairman.

Current law does not allow it
Today according to the law international adoptions cannot be open – that is, the contact between the biological parents and the child never interrupted. But it should be:
– In this case, it is in the child’s best interests that the relationships between children and biological parents to some extent made up and not cut completely, as is the case with the current Adoption Act.
But it is important for AC International Child Support that a change does not mean that biological families, who for one reason or another do not want contact with their children are forced to construct papers that make children foundlings, when tehy are not.

So procedures there need to be created to ensure that this does not happen. But AC International Child Support will work to have the law now changed:

“Oour own experience underlines that we need to think differently about adoptions from cultures as the Ethiopian, it should still be possible to ask explicitly about closed adoptions, but we believe that adoptions should in general be open and it is not possible today. ”

Adoption and Society welcomes AC International Child Support’s required legislative amendment.  President Jens Damkjær says:
– We believe that it is absolutely right to make the law when it comes to this kind of culture with an open concept of the family. So the only way to go is to make adoptions open, says Jens Damkjær.