woensdag 16 juli 2008

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United Adoptees International (UAI) is against the current international practice and development of Intercountry Adoption. The UAI monitored, investigated and tried to intervene in several international developments regarding Intercountry Adoption. The experience and views of the main players and those who have political, legal and economical interest in Intercountry Adoption endangered the UN Child Right Convention.

Especially article 21b.

"Inter-country adoption may be considered as an alternative means of child's care, if the child cannot be placed in a foster or an adoptive family or cannot in any suitable manner be cared for in the child's country of origin"

Meaning, Intercountry Adoption is not a matter nor replacement of lacking Child protection measures in the countries of Origin. The UAI is against the development that, foremeost, receiving western countries, are trying to sell this idea as a proper way of implementing childprotection measures. Not revealing, the the lack of the needed childprotection measures will be continued and the rights of birthparents. due to this development, is extremely in danger.

Also the UAI comes to the conclusion, that intercountry adoption takes place in foremost economic and social deprived countries where vulnerable societies are been exploited by intercountry adoption due to lack of international safeguards which became on the other hand a standard in most receiving countries. Instead of building and constructing long term solutions for countries and their societies, Intercountry Adoption should not be forced upon these vulnerable families. Instead, the international society should first implement long term social economical solutions and real childprotection measures before Intercountry Adoption should be considered as a possible means of child care.

A clear status of children who are temporarily or permanently deprived of his or her family environment should be taken care of and not (re)located nor recruited and categorised by foreign NGO's or adoption agencies for Intercountry Adoption. The UAI considers therefore article 20 of the UN Child Right Convention of great importance.

"A child temporarily or permanently deprived of his or her family environment, or in whose own best interests cannot be allowed to remain in that environment, shall be entitled to special protection and assistance provided by the State.

States Parties shall in accordance with their national laws ensure alternative care for such a child.

Such care could include, inter alia, foster placement, kafalah of Islamic law, adoption or if necessary placement in suitable institutions for the care of children. When considering solutions, due regard shall be paid to the desirability of continuity in a child's upbringing and to the child's ethnic, religious, cultural and linguistic background."

By all means and in any circumstance, Intercountry Adoption should be and remain if considered, a last possible option for care. The connection with so-called childprotection must be avoided and even prohibited to be offered by 'receving' countries.


The UAI considers any form of exploitation of vulnerable countries, societies and their families without qualitative and independent care and security by all means, and misleading definitions as: "in the best interest of the child", an international crime and therefore should be punishable.

The time that stealing, enforcing relinquishments and childtrafficking children for intercountry adoption, should be over and internationally condemned. All involved parties in such, should be held responsible and punished by the International Criminal Court for International Human Exploitation of Vulnerable Families.