Countries: India, The Netherlands
Adoption agencies: Malaysian Social Services, Meiling
Declah placed her childen in an orphanage run by the Malaysian Social Service. The adoption agency assured her that it would educate the children and send them to her when they were 18 years old. She gave up four of her children. While two were returned to her, Melissa and James Kapil were put up for adoption abroad without her knowledge.
When a major scandal broke out in 2005, she learnt that the adoption agency had kidnapped and sold several children to couples abroad. Dekla immediately rushed to Chennai, but there was no trace of her children. Their foster parents had separated legally and Melissa and Miquel were placed in a government-run home in the Netherlands.
ACT helped Declah to retrace her children.