vrijdag 8 augustus 2008


Dear Visitor,

Adoptions are often presented as a life-saving intervention for lives of children. But what often is seen as a humanitarian act has direct linkages with civil society and social economic circumstances and developments in countries of origin andthe receiving countries.

The provision of Children for (prospective) adoptive parents has in recent years gained power in the context of enforcing (international) adoptions instead of the implementation of a real humanitarian intention.

Since the existence of (legal) adoption, adoption at itself has been many times discussed for its complexity. Adoptions is been presented largely as a successful and necessary intervention. An statement which particularly was and is dominated by Western scientists and politicians who are often themselves adoption parents and have great interest in adoption. Since recent years, adoption generally, and international adoption in particular, are under heavy pressure domestically as well abroad.

The Netherlands know the adoption law since 1956 and only since the early seventies it was additional changed for intercountry adoptions, also known as international adoption. What, however, was intended as an applied sense of emergency, adoption often has changed into legal and illegal framework and a facility for ‘adopters’ especially for those who remained childless.

In particular by the increase and influence by adult adoptees the so-called adoption world is heavy in turmoil. Supporters and opponents have been end up in complex debates about the pro and cons of (transnational) adoption. But the key question remained up to now often unanswered. Namely, why is the removal of children by adoption organizations, from their immediate family, environment, culture and country always presented as necessary for happiness and luck for children as it always has been claimed by agencies, scientists, politicians and adoption parents organizations?

The UAI is not against adoptions but finds the ease how global adoption laws be designed, implemented and accepted open for serious discussion. The UAI is against the international development of childtrafficking and trade of children, answering the law of demand and supply of adopters and agencies. Something which is structurally denied and hidden in the adoption world.
The UAI is also surprised about the fact that there is more attention, space and money available for the rights of adoptive parents than for parents, children and Adoptees.

United International Adoptees find it particularly important; to address, in cases of intercountry adoptions, that all attempts of finding solutions in order to pursue transnational adoptions, that when adoption is the last resort, these adoptions should seriously been considered - as far as possible - from the cultural values, norms and ideas of the cultural necessities and understanding of the country of origin.

The UAI believes that now the time has arisen, that adult adoptees should be involved in the ‘inter-national’ adoption debate, and that the painful side which is part of international adoption should not be hidden. It is time that people are not talking about adoption without those directly involved, the adoptees . Not longer about 'the better off’ issue but about the consequences. Not longer as deplorable and anonymous people, but as courageous persons who prove each day that they find ways to be creative and loveable people in a world and life which they were not destined for by origin.

The UAI feels the need to give Adoptees a voice and face in the international debate. An impact on lives which has been given another twist in a situation they have not chosen for, but which many have to life and bear the consequences of it each day.

Adoption is not a 'life style' product but a ‘dramatic’ human event; something that should be taken serious. The UAI would like to invite everyone involved in adoption to take stand against abuse and those who are willingly and purposely neglecting the ‘dark’ side of adoption, to create hope for all those who are in despair and not taken seriously in their fight against injustice and taken lives.

For all those adoptees who are in need for a place and an environment to share, become active with fellow adoptees, regardless background, religion, race or social economic status, and not afraid to meet the colorful shades of adoption, will find a welcome place within the UAI.

Yours sincerely,

Joan J.H. Hansink

Chairman Executive Board

5 opmerkingen:

Koan zei

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Von zei

Great post and blog, thank you.

Curious About Everything zei

Hi. I was adopted internationally from Brazil, and I have always wondered about the family I come from biologically. The Adoption agency my parents used doesnt exist anymore. How do you think I can find my biological family?

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