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MEPs must investigate this child-snatching scandal

Source: Sunday 06 April 2014 CHRISTOPHER BOOKER Social workers who take away children is one of the most disturbing human rights scandals of our time Last June, under the heading “Dutch social workers catch the English disease”, I reported the extraordinary case of the 11-year-old Antonovs twins: a Russian-Latvian brother and sister forcibly snatched by… Read more »

Foster care: It’s time to think out of the box

Date: 2012-10-29 Source: Being blind followers of the West, even in matters of child care, may lead us down a dark alley, writes Suranya Aiyar In sharp contrast to Western conventions for reportage of children, the pictures and names of Abhigyan and Aishwarya were freely used in our media in articles about their escapade… Read more »

Profit-driven adoptions turn children into a commodity

Date:  2012-05-29 Source: GEOFFREY YORK JOHANNESBURG From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail Last updated Tuesday, May. 29, 2012 9:24PM EDT A dramatic rise in foreign adoptions from Africa is ringing alarm bells among child advocates who worry that the soaring numbers are fuelled by financial incentives and a lack of basic safeguards. The number of… Read more »

Aboriginal stolen children 'were used in leprosy tests'

This article was published on 17.04.2008 in The Independent. The Australian government has launched an investigation into claims that aboriginal children seized from their parents during the 1920s and 1930s were secretly used as guinea pigs for leprosy treatments.

Overseas adoption move welcomed

This article was published on 30.03.2008 in The Age. DEBORRA-LEE Furness was overjoyed yesterday to learn that an advisory body will be formed to make overseas adoptions easier.

Celebrity campaign to reform adoption laws

This is the transcript of a radio show that was broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 13.03.2008. KERRY O’BRIEN: The apparent ease with which celebrities adopt children from the developing world has left many prospective parents in Australia wondering why it’s such a difficult process here.

Adoption rate in free fall

This article was published on 21.02.2008, in The Age. Thirty-five years ago there were almost 10,000 adoptions in Australia. Last year there were just 568.

Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations

This article, as well as other reports and documents can be found on Australia’s Culture Portal. The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998 – one year after the tabling of the report Bringing them Home, May 1997. The report was the result of an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal… Read more »

Police ground children in Dili

This article was published on 10.11.2007 in The Sidney Morning Herald. AUTHORITIES have stopped a woman from leaving East Timor with 23 children from an orphanage run by an Australian after a UN agency raised concerns.