Category: Blogpost

Italy: A War on Intercountry Adoptions

The Italian intercountry adoption system, once the strongest in Europe, has been paralysed over the last years.  Numbers went down by 50 %. Not as squeaky clean as the agencies pretend, the Head of the Central Authority, Silvia Della Monica (a former judge), is trying to put things order. Source:   http://www.avvenire.it (Full article in Italian,… Read more »

The Rise and Fall of Adoptions from Ethiopia

9 March 2016 After the adoptions from Romania, Guatemala, Cambodia etc. stopped, the adoption caravan travelled to Ethiopia. A rapid rise in numbers of adopted children, should always raise alarm bells. In 2009, Dutch adoption agency Wereldkinderen (NICWO) commissioned a field research to ACT.  Below our sad conclusions. Country after country came – years overdue… Read more »

The legal minefield of Europe’s non-consensual adoptions

16 February 2016 Source: EPPARLTV Non-consensual adoptions, adoptions without consent aka forced adoption are an increasing legal minefield when these are cross-border cases. However, the question that needs to be urgently addressed: should children be permanently separated from their parents. Should family bonds be broken. Are such decisions too easily taken? Is adoption a child… Read more »

MEP WIKSTRÖM TO WHISTLEBLOWER: TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN

14 February 2016 Some time back, last year, Against Child Trafficking and a European Commission civil servant (not Roelie Post)  blew the whistle on children’s rights  at the European Parliament. The European Commission’s civil servant informed Member of the European Parliament Cecilia Wikström about the intimidations/threats she gets. How Cecilia Wikström deals with a whistleblower… Read more »

Belgian professor sees no harm in commercialising the sale of children

5 February 2016   Professor Frederik Swennen (Belgium: 2011:  http://www.standaard.be Professor Frederik Swennen, specialist in family law and himzelf a ‘happily married gay”, says there is in this country no consensus for surrogacy. 2016: Source:  http://m.standaard.be I don’t understand that many in this country want to forbid commercial surrogacy. For one adoption from the US… Read more »

Bodnariu Family and the permanent destruction of families

4 February 2016 Since weeks there have been demonstrations against the Norwegian child protection services ‪#‎stopbarnevernet, in support of the Budnariu family. And it continues. Massive protest of Romanians are being organised all over the world. See the above picture taken in Brussels. Sadly it rarely gets connected to the broader child rights policy issue…. Read more »

Intercountry adoption: The Hot Potato

Why secrecy in negotiating agreement with #Unicef @eu_eeas @MimicaEU @FedericaMog #transparency @EUombudsman https://t.co/0si4V7VcmL — ACT (@ACT_ACT) January 21, 2016 It is by now no secret that there is a burning issue when it comes to children’s rights. Something one should not speak about. Not touch. The “hot potato” is called intercountry adoption.

ACT’s End of Year Update

19 December 2015 Dear Friends of ACT, Please find attached our 2014-2015 Newsletter. Best wishes, The ACT-Team    

ACT Against Child Trafficking is BACK ON TRACK

6 October 2015 ACT was threatened with closure, because one of our clients refused payment for our services. But, we are glad to announce that the dispute has been settled and payment was made. And thus, ACT can continue. Don’t forget: what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger! ============================= ADOPTION LOBBY ALERT is an initiative of Against… Read more »

Fundraiser for ACT: Climbing the 02 Arena in London!

A GREAT INITIATIVE! In support of Against Child Trafficking (ACT),  Vishali Bij, Qarah Qureshi, Isha Mirza and Saba Mahmood will be raising funds towards ACT’s mission and mandate by climbing the 02 Arena on September 19, 2015.