May 10, 2013 – 14:22
Adoptions have dropped since revelations that ‘child harvesters’ were being used in Ethiopia to lure local families into putting their children up for adoption (Photo: Colourbox)
A new report from the parliamentary ombudsman to the national social appeals board, Ankestyrelsen, about adoption rules means that biological parents could gain the right to have contact with the children they’ve given up.
The report maintains that “the right for an adopted child and his/her biological family to maintain a family life established before the adoption by way of contact is protected” by the European human rights convention.
The report’s recommendations represent a massive change to how adoption terms are interpreted today.
“The statement is a breach of how the adoption process has been regarded until now, where parental rights over the adopted child have unequivocally belonged to the adoptive parents,” Lene Myong, an associate professor at Aarhus University who has researched cross-cultural adoptions, told Politiken newspaper. (more…)