Category: Blogpost

ACT & Sakhee: Letter to the Indian Government

2 July 2014 The Ministry for Women and Child Development, India, posted the new draft Juvenile Justice ACT online for a public consultation. ACT & Sakhee’s sent their contribution. Food for thought. The full letter can be read here: ACT Sakhee Comments JJACT 2 July 2014

ADOPTION: To Be Child Protection, Or Not To Be Child Protection

27 April 2014 The Dutch Deputy Minister of Justice has agreed to a motion of Member of Parliament Loes Ypma to make the adoption of children from foster care ‘easier’. He requested the State Commission on Family Law to consider if incountry adoption can be made possible considering the problems in raising the child in… Read more »

Adoption Industry Guilty As Charged?

27 April 2014 On December 3, 2009, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) presented to its members its Stakeholder Initiative, a  proposal to change the organization. It seemed, if nothing changed, JCICS would have to close its doors somewhere in the year 2010. The proposed plan was confidential and intended for JCICS members… Read more »

Children removed from parents in England back to Portugal. Latvia next!

18 April 2014 Glad to report some happy news! A Portuguese family had their five children taken by the Social Services of the UK. The two youngest were put up for adoption. The parents went up in arms. Even went to the European Parliament in Brussels. Today the parents received excellent news: their children will… Read more »

Florida adoption ‘ethics’ warning on subsidiarity

14 April 2014 Today’s news from Ireland. New information came to light following a request under the Freedom for Information ACT: Just months before Ireland signed an adoption agreement with the US, the Adoption Authority (AAI) admitted there were wide ranging “difficulties” with the “practice and ethics” of adoptions from Florida. Responding to concerns from… Read more »

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… Read more »

Is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child part of European Law?

25 March 2014 This is a strange issue. And a very important issue, because where would we be without the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child being part of European Law, the so-called Acquis Communautaire. What would be the legal basis, binding, for deciding and implementing policies? During last week’s European Parliament’s Petition Committee, while… Read more »

JCICS Conference call: Adoptions gone TOXIC (UPDATED)

8 March 2014 ACT received through the grapevine the audio file of the Conference Call of the Ethiopian Caucus of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services held on 6 March 2014. Presenting themselves as an advocacy group for children, for real the JCICS is nothing less than the voice of the adoption industry. In… Read more »

Yes We Can – ACT Against Child Trafficking

12 February 2014 ACT welcomes the indictment of four Employees of Adoption Agency ‘International Adoption Guide’.  They were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States in Connection with Ethiopian adoptions. Already in 2009, ACT at the request of the Dutch adoption agency Wereldkinderen (N.I.C.W.O./aka World Children) did extensive research and came the similar conclusions… Read more »

Irish forced adoption and intercountry adoption – two of a kind

8 February 2014 Just wondering shen people will start to connect this to the current intercountry adoption practices. The church and other religious groups are, as we know,still  heavily involved in adoptions from abroad. There are mothers all over the world, adoptees all over the world, all wanting the same: open records, acknowledgment that what… Read more »