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The adoption lobby, stupid!

Interview with Nigel Cantwell For decades the adoption lobby denied that the Hague Adoption Convention and the Guidelines for Alternative Care were tools of the adoption industrial complex. Both bring in ‘permanency’, which is adoption. This ‘permanency’ was not included in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The US and France had… Read more »

How the EU failed the Ukrainian children

Guest Blog, by Roelie Post From 1999 till 2006 the European Commission supported Romania to reform its child protection. Old-style children’s homes were wrongly labeled ‘orphanages’ by the adoption industry, creating family-type homes, foster care – and finally – stop the export of children for intercountry adoption. After a long international dispute between the EU… Read more »

A chronology of the rise and fall of intercountry adoption from Congo

Today we publish the Congolese NGO Dynamique de lutte contre le trafic humain (DCTH)  about illegal adoption and trafficking of human beings, true crimes in silence. It’s in French. In short, it calls for justice for all, and an end to the silence. And for action at the level of the European Parliament and the… Read more »

Dutch Report on Intercountry Adoption – English Translation

With courtesy to ISS-SSI Geneva hereby the unofficial English translation of the Dutch report on Intercountry Adoption. This report makes a lot of waves since it basically announced the end of intercountry adoption. The Joustra Commission sees no further role for private adoption agencies. Joustra Report: (LINK) See also: International Adoptions in Europe Under Scrutiny… Read more »

International Social Service and the Hague Permanent Buro (Part 4)

Corruption has many shapes and the higher one gets, the more blatant and at the same time subtle it becomes. No one would really accept if tobacco companies make public health policies. In the area of child adoption, however, society accepts this. Let´s have a closer look. Players: Organisations: 1) International Social Service (ISS) =… Read more »

Must read: Bengali Children in Foreign Brothel

By now there are two cases of adoptees from Bangladesh who are suing – the Dutch State, – the adoption agency Wereldkinderen aka Netherlands International Child Welfare Organisation (NICWO), – and the Dutch branch of Terre des Hommes. The below article puts some light on the dark side of the trafficking of children in Bangladesh,… Read more »

Open letter to Minister Dekker: Tony Holten / police

From: ACT<[email protected]> Date: Sat 13. Jun 2020 at 11:44 Subject: open letter : Tony Holten / police To: Aldewereld MSc, A.L. – BD/DSenJ <[email protected]>, [email protected]<[email protected]></[email protected]></[email protected]></[email protected]> Dear Minister Dekker, Dear Ms. Aldewereld, as you may have seen in the media, in March we lost another member of our adult adoptee community. This time prima facie due to excessive… Read more »

International Social Services, from India to Romania (Part 3)

By Roelie Post (guest blogger) When in 2011/2012 the filming of Stolen Children – Intercountry Adoptions from India was ongoing in ACT’s office in Brussels, I got drawn into the details of the German/Indian trafficking case. Arun was talking in German with the journalist, explaining to her the involvement of the German branch of International… Read more »