The UAI is the first 'inter-national' independent organization for Adoptees regardless country of origin. The UAI seeks to place the never acknowledged human rights of adoptees (inter) national to be addressed because the UAI believes that international human rights also should apply to all adoptees scattered around the world.
The UAI participates in issues that touch the social, political and cultural heart regarding adoption. Its policy is characterized by three main pillars:
of the world of adoption in all its facets, especially where the rights and interests of children and adopted are endangered. The UAI strives for a proportionate participation and a full partnership in the (inter) national adoption community and decision making situations.
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The UAI also strives for a proportional official representation by adoptees as an interlocutor for governments, agencies and adoption institutes, till now a stronghold for adoption parents.
They want to defend the rights of adoptees based on international human rights focused on care for children and their parents; especially where organizations operate to locate children - 'to be Freed’ for adoption by agencies, and governmental bodies and NGO’s etc.
The UAI believes that any decision about an individual child, for whom adoption is considered as an option, it at least the procedure should be tested to the principle of subsidiarity as formulated in the Hague convention.
The interests and rights of Adoptees are not mentioned in any international human rights treaties nor seen as important, while by adoption assumed to be part of the western world and due that fact automatically seen as non relevant towards essential human right issues.
If Adoptees claim certain wrongdoings by organizations (agencies and other relevant adoption institutes) they are often referred by authorities to general human rights articles but experience has shown that for many adoptees this does not offer any solution if social or/and legal problems and disputes occur and they need legal and/or social support and structural (post) adoption care. More than once, the adoptee is thrown back on his/her own ability to survive in a world that essentially is resistant and hostile to hear the painful truth behind the world of adoption.
The UAI strives adoptees to be seen and recognized as a special group within several (inter) national human treaties so rights can be enforced such as right to obtain background information about the family (ies) of origin, right to inspect and issue (adoption) records and a proportional representation and legal assistance where necessary.
A child can only proposed for (intercountry) adoption and are eligible for transnational adoption, when it is shown that inclusion (adoption) of the child within the family of origin or other ways of care in the country of origin is not absolutely not possible and available. We talk in this respect about the principle of subsidiarity.
The UAI believes that subsidiarity should be expanded; local and national precautions and solutions for real orphans (many children have been identified as orphans by NGO’s and researchers who are often have at least still one parent or family members) should be sought before adoption as option is considered.
Also the moral and social environment of the own culture like "extended families structures" and inclusion of children in families without formal adoption or foster care, should be considered as a possible option. In many countries and cultures formal foster care or even adoption does not exist, even though such a system is effectually present, often children are still processed for international adoption. This based on a Western legal scrutiny instead of own cultural, social habits and customs of the country of origin of the child in case.