The legal minefield of Europe’s non-consensual adoptions

16 February 2016


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 protection measure?

Or are there better, less intrusive ways to protect children and help families stay together.

The question needs to be asked if the EU has, and should have, the legal competence to regulate cross-border adoptions. There is a risk that EU legislation on cross-border adoptions may have the opposite effect – legalising what should not be.

Food for thought: should the competence of the European Parliament not just be limited to rejecting the breach of human rights that most, if not all, forced adoptions are.