1 July 2015 The Dutch adoption agencies sent on 27 June 2014 a set of recommendations LINK to the Dutch Minister of Justice on how to better regulate intercountry adoptions. It is interesting reading. After numerous scandals and a decrease of some 70 % over the last 10 years, the Dutch agencies propose less monitoring,… Read more »
JCICS, US Adoption Trade Organisation closure confirmed!
Yesss! Confirmed! We saw it announced. ACT checked at the base. For those wondering who organised the yearlong “leaks” of JCICS documents, we admit: it was ACT. ACT regularly checked the JCICS website, and sloppy as they were, they often left their archive doors wide open. For example, here their mailings to members. Read it… Read more »
Adoption Lobby Alert: JCICS – Like… Christmas in July
10 July 2014 We thank the Joint Council of International Children’s Services (JCICS) – a name which according to some of their stakeholders should be changed into International Adoption Services, for uploading some of their key policy documents. It felt like… Christmas in July [i] Over the next days we will analyse these documents and… Read more »
ACT & Sakhee: Letter to the Indian Government
2 July 2014 The Ministry for Women and Child Development, India, posted the new draft Juvenile Justice ACT online for a public consultation. ACT & Sakhee’s sent their contribution. Food for thought. The full letter can be read here: ACT Sakhee Comments JJACT 2 July 2014
ADOPTION: To Be Child Protection, Or Not To Be Child Protection
27 April 2014 The Dutch Deputy Minister of Justice has agreed to a motion of Member of Parliament Loes Ypma to make the adoption of children from foster care ‘easier’. He requested the State Commission on Family Law to consider if incountry adoption can be made possible considering the problems in raising the child in… Read more »
Adoption Industry Guilty As Charged?
27 April 2014 On December 3, 2009, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS) presented to its members its Stakeholder Initiative, a proposal to change the organization. It seemed, if nothing changed, JCICS would have to close its doors somewhere in the year 2010. The proposed plan was confidential and intended for JCICS members… Read more »
Children removed from parents in England back to Portugal. Latvia next!
18 April 2014 Glad to report some happy news! A Portuguese family had their five children taken by the Social Services of the UK. The two youngest were put up for adoption. The parents went up in arms. Even went to the European Parliament in Brussels. Today the parents received excellent news: their children will… Read more »
Florida adoption ‘ethics’ warning on subsidiarity
14 April 2014 Today’s news from Ireland. New information came to light following a request under the Freedom for Information ACT: Just months before Ireland signed an adoption agreement with the US, the Adoption Authority (AAI) admitted there were wide ranging “difficulties” with the “practice and ethics” of adoptions from Florida. Responding to concerns from… Read more »
STOP the sale of Roma children under the guise of intercountry adoption
4/4/2014 Today the European Commission organises the third ROMA SUMMIT Around 500 representatives of EU institutions, national governments and parliaments, international organisations, mayors, civil society organisations (including Roma organisations) and local and regional authorities are invited to express their views on how to deliver further on the implementation of the EU Framework for national Roma integration… Read more »
Is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child part of European Law?
25 March 2014 This is a strange issue. And a very important issue, because where would we be without the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child being part of European Law, the so-called Acquis Communautaire. What would be the legal basis, binding, for deciding and implementing policies? During last week’s European Parliament’s Petition Committee, while… Read more »