Category: Blogpost

African Child Policy Forum – critical voices or…?

30 May 2012 Alarming news comes from the conference currently being held in Addis Abeba. The African Child Policy Forum organised this event. The agenda seems clear: in order to stop Africa from being the new adoption hub, all African countries should ratify the Hague Covention. Truth is, as Hans van Loon publicly said in… Read more »

Netherlands likely to suspend adoptions from Uganda

Informal translation of transcrips of the Debate in the Dutch Parliament on intercountry adoptions, as held in The Hague on 19 April 2012. Speaker: Secretary of State for Justice Fred Teeven. Page 29 Recently a delegation of my ministry made a working visit to Uganda. The reason of this ministerial working visit was that I… Read more »

The Dutch rescue of Hatian children through adoption

Just days after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010, the Dutch government announced its intention to expedite pending adoptions from the country. On 21 January the children were flown out of Haiti. ACT has requested the Dutch Ministry of Justice the letter on the basis of which this expedition was undertaken. On Sunday… Read more »

MOWA confirms intend to prevent further unethical and illegal adoptions

Today ACT received copy of a letter sent by the Ethiopian Ministry of Women Affairs (MOWA) to the President of the Ethiopian Federal First Instance Court, dated 23/2/2011, that confirms that Ethiopia wants to prevent further unethical and illegal acts in relation to adoption. The letter confirms the ‘rumours’ that MOWA will review 5 adoptions per day, instead… Read more »

Legalising adoptions – food for thought (1)

1 April 2011 United Adoptees International (UAI), on their Blog, alert to the fact that the fastest growing Dutch adoption agency NAS is pushing for reopening Haitian adoptions by way of an Internet petition. The Dutch Secretary of State Fred Teeven had decided in December 2010 to temporarily suspend these adoptions. “Due to the limited capacity… Read more »