STOP the sale of Roma children under the guise of intercountry adoption

4/4/2014

Today the European Commission organises the third ROMA SUMMIT

Around 500 representatives of EU institutions, national governments and parliaments, international organisations, mayors, civil society organisations (including Roma organisations) and local and regional authorities are invited to express their views on how to deliver further on the implementation of the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies. Going local on Roma inclusion both in the EU as well as in enlargement countries will be the central focus of the summit.

We, Against Child Trafficking, did not receive an invitation, so we are following the heated debate online

For sure, the issue of the placement of children for intercountry adoption will not be addressed. It is a taboo, we know from experience.

Roma children are over-represented in European ‘orphanages’. That alone is a sign of their position in today’s European society. This needs to be addressed urgently.

Whereas Roma families and their children face discrimination, reality is that the Roma children are popular abroad. Adoption of a Roma child costs between 20.000 to 40.000 euro.

THE VALUES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values, which are set out in Article I-2, are common to the Member States. Moreover, the societies of the Member States are characterised by pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men. These values play an important role, especially in two specific cases. Firstly, under the procedure for accession set out in Article I-58, any European State wishing to become a member of the Union must respect these values in order to be considered eligible for admission. Secondly, failure by a Member State to respect these values may lead to the suspension of that Member State’s rights deriving from membership of the Union(Article I-59).

In 1998 the European Council decided that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was inseparable from the attainment of the above mentioned objectives of the Treaty on European Union.

All European countries, having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, have thus an obligation to provide care for children temporarily or permanently deprived of parental care. Such care can be foster care, national adoption, or any other suitable manner of care such as (small scale) residential care. Also, in all decisions on the placement of children the need to continue the child’s culture, religion and language needs to be considered.

Yet, today we are faced with the fact that a growing number of Roma children are sent abroad. Deprived of their culture, religion, language.

In history there have been other examples of the adopting out of children from minority groups, such as indigenous Indian children and Aboriginal children. Such practices were condemned as cultural genocide and stopped, and formal apologies were sought.

ACT also calls upon the Roma leaders to stand up for their children. Children have Rights. Children should not be commodities!

We are ready to put our expertise and experience at your service!

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25 Factors to Consider When Adopting From Bulgaria

Race/Ethnicity Most children are of Roma (Gypsy) ethnicity or Turkish decent, with dark skin tones. Prospective parents are not allowed to request ethnicity or skin tone, and must be open to all children of any ethnicity.

HUNGARY – US Agency ‘About a Child’

Some kids are Caucasian, but there are also a lot of Roma children with beautiful olive skin and dark hair.