Die verschwundenen Kinder von El Salvador

Source:  http://derstandard.at 
29. August 2011 23:29

Viele Bürgerkriegsopfer wurden von Militärs für Adoptionen im Ausland entführt
San Salvador – Das verknitterte und vergilbte Schwarz-Weiß-Foto hütet Raúl wie einen Schatz. Es ist das Einzige, was er von seiner Mutter noch hat. Als Raúl vier Jahre alt war, brachte seine Mutter ihn und den um ein Jahr jüngeren Jorge in einem kirchlichen Kinderheim in Sicherheit vor den Wirren des salvadorianischen Bürgerkriegs. Mit sieben erfuhr Raúl, dass seine Mutter tot war.

Sie war in den kirchlichen Basisgemeinden aktiv, die vom Militär als Zuarbeiter der Guerilla verdächtigt wurden. 1992 endete der Bürgerkrieg in dem mittelamerikanischen Land. Raúl war 15, er und sein Bruder blieben Kriegswaisen. Rund 75.000 Menschen starben im Bürgerkrieg, mehr als 8000 gelten immer noch als verschwunden, darunter 871 Kinder. (more…)

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10,000 CHILDREN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILIES

Source: http://www.express.co.uk
Sunday July 17,2011

By Ted Jeory

AT LEAST 10,000 young children have been dragged from their families and needlessly adopted due to a flawed target at the heart of Government, it was claimed last night.

Vulnerable children were handed over in their thousands under a New Labour crusade driven by artificial adoption targets.

A top Oxford academic yesterday branded the policy as Tony Blair’s worst mistake.

The expert in social work who did not want to be named said: “Forget the Iraq War. “Blair’s adoption target was the reason I left the Labour party.” Last night backing came from MP John Hemming, who said the policy led to the unnecessary adoption of 1,000 children every year. (more…)

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‘Win a baby’! Fertility charity launches new IVF lottery

Britain’s first IVF lottery is set to launch later this month giving players the chance to win a baby, but critics have branded the contest as ‘exploitative’.

The controversial lottery, which has now been granted a licence by the Gambling Commission, will see players spending £20 on each ticket. (more…)

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Government to appoint adoption tsar

Source: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Monday, 4 July 2011 

The Government is to appoint its first adoption tsar to try to cut the number of children stuck in the care system waiting to find a family.

Martin Narey, the former head of the Prison Service and chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s, is set to be the first Ministerial Adviser on Adoption, reported The Times. (more…)

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Profit, not care: The ugly side of overseas adoptions

Date: 2011-06-05

Lax regulation and an endless demand by childless couples in the West has created an often exploitative market in babies born in the developing world

By Laurie Penny
Sunday, 5 June 2011

In rural Nepal, where the going rate for a healthy orphan is $5,000 (£3,000), some 600 children are missing. They were taken by agents who came to the villages promising that they would educate the children and give them a better life in the capital, sometimes for a steep fee. The children never returned. (more…)

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Cardiff After Adoption conference on child identity

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk 
12 April 2011

Adopted children find piecing together their past a struggle as they get older

Adopted children often struggle with their cultural identity as teenagers, according to a charity providing adoption support.

After Adoption aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by adoptees at a conference in Cardiff on Tuesday. (more…)

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The scandal of orphanages in tourist resorts and disaster zones that rent children to fleece gullible Westerners

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk 
By IAN BIRRELL
10th April 2011

As a child welfare expert who has worked amid bullets and bombs in some of the world’s toughest war zones, Jennifer Morgan is not someone easily shaken. But even she admits she was shocked by some of the orphanages she visited recently in Haiti.
‘Outside it is a sunny day. Then you step inside the walls of an orphanage and realise that the children there have been exposed to rapes, severe beatings, emotional and mental trauma,’ she said. It was even more disturbing, she added, than the damaged children she came across amid the deadly mayhem of Darfur.
But perhaps the most troubling thing is that these tragic scenes in Haiti are not unusual. In dozens of places around the world, unregulated orphanages have become a boom business trading off Western guilt. Our desire to help is backfiring in the most dreadful fashion. (more…)

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I was the Gatwick baby

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk 
Steve Hydes was abandoned at Gatwick airport in 1986, a few days after he was born. He talks about his quest to discover his heritage – and find his mother

Joanna Moorhead
The Guardian, Saturday 9 April 2011

Who am I? Steve Hydes, who was found at Gatwick airport as a baby, on the beach in Sussex. Photograph: Andrew Hasson
It’s mid-afternoon on a busy April day at Gatwick. Passengers with suitcases and bundles are coming and going, jetting in from one part of the world, heading off to another. And on a chilly floor in a ladies’ toilet, a tiny baby waits for his life to begin. It was 10 April 1986 – 25 years ago tomorrow. The baby was about 10 days old, according to a doctor who examined him later. He was wearing a striped vest and two babygrows – one blue, one yellow – and wrapped in a blue-and-white checked blanket. (more…)

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The French adoption ambassador inspired by Americans

Source: http://www.france-amerique.com 
Informal translation:
Anaïs Digonnet, March 17, 2011 

Traveling to Washington and Atlanta in late February, Jean-Paul Monchau, France’s ambassador in charge of international adoptions has met his U.S. counterpart and a specialized service provider. Objective: To follow the example of professionalism in American adoptions. 

I first went to Washington where I met my counterpart, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, who handles matters relating to child protection and international adoptions. 

It is important to exchange information on adoption procedures in place for example. In Atlanta, I met members of the organization Illien Adoptions International, which, in some cases, does adoption of American children to foreign countries. (more…)

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Ombudsman could investigate child ‘snatching’ by courts

An independent Ombudsman could be appointed to investigate cases in which social workers and the courts are accused of taking children from their homes without justification.

Tim Loughton Photo: UPPA
Patrick Sawer 8:30AM GMT 06 Mar 2011

Tim Loughton, the children’s minister, is considering the landmark step after he grew concerned over a number of cases where children have been wrongly taken and placed for adoption. (more…)

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