ACT’s letter to the Guardian of the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption

23 September 2013

We are looking forward to their reply.

ACT’s  letter from The Hague Conference to the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands:  HERE

From: Roelie Post <>
Date: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM
Subject: 1993 Hague Adoption Convention

Dear Madam/Sir,

We refer to the article ‘Overseas adoptions rise –for black American children’ as published on the website of CNN on 17th September 2013.

The article quotes experts as stating that the US laws allow birth mothers to choose the adoptive family of their children.

However, by letter of 11 December 2008, the Secretary of the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Convention informed the Dutch Government that the birth mother’s preference for intercountry adoption cannot override the subsidiarity principle.

We hereby kindly request you to address this issue and to keep us informed of any actions taken.

We also seek your opinion on a related issue: concurrent planning, where in- and out-of-country options are explored simultaneously. Would such a practice be compliant with the subsidiarity principle?

Yours sincerely,
Roelie Post

Against Child Trafficking