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How the EU failed the Ukrainian children

Guest Blog, by Roelie Post From 1999 till 2006 the European Commission supported Romania to reform its child protection. Old-style children’s homes were wrongly labeled ‘orphanages’ by the adoption industry, creating family-type homes, foster care – and finally – stop the export of children for intercountry adoption. After a long international dispute between the EU… Read more »

Arun was adopted and now fights against adoption: ‘authorities refused to provide information all these years’

Source: translation) There are about 30 million abandoned or orphaned children in India, Indian newspaper The Hindu recently reported . And of these, only about 3,000 are placed with Indian parents every year. Nevertheless, the Netherlands still has an adoption ban. And that’s a good thing, according to activist Arun Dohle of the organization Against Child Trafficking. “There is almost never real voluntary… Read more »

Dutch Report on Intercountry Adoption – English Translation

With courtesy to ISS-SSI Geneva hereby the unofficial English translation of the Dutch report on Intercountry Adoption. This report makes a lot of waves since it basically announced the end of intercountry adoption. The Joustra Commission sees no further role for private adoption agencies. Joustra Report: (LINK) See also: International Adoptions in Europe Under Scrutiny… Read more »

Intercountry adoption, child protection?

During a conference organised by Terre des Hommes International Federation on Children on the Move, Arun Dohle questioned the European Commission on adoptions from Serbia. The issue remains unsolved. Brussels, 15 March 2015:   Arun Dohle, Against Child Trafficking (ACT) I work for Against Child Trafficking, and we deal mainly with the issue of intercountry adoption… Read more »

Tough report on adoptions from abroad: cabinet urged to stop

Source: The adoption of children from abroad must be stopped completely for the time being. A committee led by former top civil servant Tjibbe Joustra draws this conclusion in a report to be published, sources around the cabinet report. The outgoing government team is very upset with the recommendations. Jan Hoedeman 05-02-21, 03:00 In… Read more »

Denmark shut down investigation on child trafficking?

After the Dutch documentary in 2017, Ankestyrelsen (the National Board of Appeal, a department under the Ministry of Social Affairs) has, like Switzerland also conducted an investigation into adoptions from Sri Lanka to Denmark. However, the Danish authorities came to the conclusion that there have been no wrongdoings or problems with these adoptions. I requested… Read more »

Dutch NGO calls for probe after KZN girls adopted without father’s consent

Date: 2020-09-28 Source: By Siboniso Mngadi Time of article published 15h ago Durban – A Netherlands based non-governmental organisation, Against Child Trafficking (ACT), has called for the Dutch government to do a comprehensive review of all adoptions from South Africa and open a criminal investigation. The children’s right advocacy organisation which opposes inter-country adoption… Read more »

“Crown witness in adoption fraud case is threatened with death”

Source: Today at 03:00 by Dirk Coosemans Crown witness Dieumerci K. was in a Congolese cell for a long time, but the investigation would have shown that he and his entire family were misled. PHOTO: AFP The witness in the case of the adoption fraud involving Congolese children would have been threatened with death,… Read more »

Court: case of Sri Lankan woman on adoption is time-barred

Source: NOS The court in The Hague will not deal with the substance of the case of a 28-year-old woman about her adoption in Sri Lanka. The case was brought by Dilani Butink, who was adopted by Dutch parents in 1992. Butink says that serious mistakes were made in the adoption by the State and… Read more »

Open letter to Minister Dekker: Tony Holten / police

From: ACT<> Date: Sat 13. Jun 2020 at 11:44 Subject: open letter : Tony Holten / police To: Aldewereld MSc, A.L. – BD/DSenJ <>,<></></></> Dear Minister Dekker, Dear Ms. Aldewereld, as you may have seen in the media, in March we lost another member of our adult adoptee community. This time prima facie due to excessive… Read more »