Category: Blogpost

Fusion’s newest investigative series: ‘The Traffickers’

The Whistleblower from The Netherlands… Source: An exclusive first look at Fusion’s newest investigative series, ‘The Traffickers’ By Fusion | November 3, 2016 From Asia to Africa and beyond, journalist Nelufar Hedayat goes under the radar tracking down black markets in Fusion’s newest series, The Traffickers, to learn how guns, babies, even human organs are… Read more »

English Summary of Dutch Report on Intercountry Adoption

The English version of the Dutch report of the Dutch Council of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles’ advice ‘Reflection on Intercountry Adoption’ is now available. Conclusion This advisory report centres around two core questions. The Council has the following answer to the fundamental question, ‘How can we provide the highest level of protection to children… Read more »

Dutch Board of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles

2 November 2016 At the request of the Dutch Government the Board of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles today has published a summary of their advice. “Summary Board of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles’ advice ‘Reflection on Intercountry Adoption’ 2 November 2016” Some highlights According to the opinon of the Board Board of Criminal Justice… Read more »

ACT: Stop Adoption, NO Market in Children

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi           Many people tried for years to dismiss ACT for our strict UNCRC approach. We were considered “radical”. Researchers, Law Professors, adult adoptee leaders, government officers ,journalists and of course adoption agencies and… Read more »

Guest Blogger: Anusja “official”

2 August 2016 What is the definition of “OFFICIAL”? I can tell that in the setting of adoption it is a vague and a grey terminology. There clearly is room for interpretation, which should not be the case – as we are talking about human beings. So humanity must be there. However, in adoption this gets… Read more »

Open Letter to the European Commission

From: Arun Dohle [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Montag, 16. Mai 2016 18:39 To: MEMBERS EUROPEAN COMMISSION Subject: Open Letter   Dear Members of the European Commission, I am writing to you all as a matter of last resort. Simon Mordue, as Member of Cabinet of VP Verheugen, and the former Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine… Read more »

Italy: A War on Intercountry Adoptions

The Italian intercountry adoption system, once the strongest in Europe, has been paralysed over the last years.  Numbers went down by 50 %. Not as squeaky clean as the agencies pretend, the Head of the Central Authority, Silvia Della Monica (a former judge), is trying to put things order. Source: (Full article in Italian,… Read more »

The Rise and Fall of Adoptions from Ethiopia

9 March 2016 After the adoptions from Romania, Guatemala, Cambodia etc. stopped, the adoption caravan travelled to Ethiopia. A rapid rise in numbers of adopted children, should always raise alarm bells. In 2009, Dutch adoption agency Wereldkinderen (NICWO) commissioned a field research to ACT.  Below our sad conclusions. Country after country came – years overdue… Read more »

The legal minefield of Europe’s non-consensual adoptions

16 February 2016 Source: EPPARLTV Non-consensual adoptions, adoptions without consent aka forced adoption are an increasing legal minefield when these are cross-border cases. However, the question that needs to be urgently addressed: should children be permanently separated from their parents. Should family bonds be broken. Are such decisions too easily taken? Is adoption a child… Read more »

Belgian professor sees no harm in commercialising the sale of children

5 February 2016   Professor Frederik Swennen (Belgium: 2011: Professor Frederik Swennen, specialist in family law and himzelf a ‘happily married gay”, says there is in this country no consensus for surrogacy. 2016: Source: I don’t understand that many in this country want to forbid commercial surrogacy. For one adoption from the US… Read more »