Believes the authorities must take full control over all adoptions

The Directorate for Children, Youth and Families believes that if adoptions are not temporarily stopped, the Norwegian authorities must step in and take more control.

MUST CLEAN UP: Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe has taken on the task of cleaning up Norwegian adoption practices. 

The Directorate for Children, Youth and Families (Bufdir), which is the professional authority in the adoption field, believes that there is a real risk that illegal adoptions may occur. They have therefore recently recommended to the minister a  temporary halt in all adoptions

If the minister does not follow Bufdir's recommendation, Bufdir proposes three alternative measures. 

Among other things, they will check documents in each individual case. They also propose that an adoption should only be carried out after direct cooperation between the countries' state administrations. And that requirements for soundness and legal certainty are clarified to a greater extent than today.

Professor: The adoption system is problematic and is based on inequality and racism

The fact that it is not possible to adopt from abroad for the time being is not the same as abolition, says Lene Myong, who believes that one must take a fundamental stand against transnational adoption as a phenomenon.

Now it's over with adoptions from abroad - at least for a while. The last international adoption center in Denmark, Danish International Adoption (DIA), announced on Tuesday last week that they are turning the key. It comes after the organization has been notified that the last five countries they mediate adoptions from will be suspended for a period of time. On 14 December last year, the Board of Appeal suspended adoptions from South Africa because it was suspected that the adoptions were not taking place according to the rules.

Lene Myong is a professor at the University of Stavanger, has researched transnational adoption and is herself adopted. She believes that there should be a political confrontation with adoption from abroad.



Adoption freeze exposes dilemma of civil society in a welfare state

What do you do when an NGO has a monopoly on a central service and does not deliver?

When Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil (S) announced on Tuesday an indefinite halt to international adoption to Denmark, it gave rise to a number of questions.

Many of them cannot be answered here and now, but one of the most interesting starts from the fact that adoption is a rare, if not unique, phenomenon: a central service that has until now been 100 percent NGO-driven.

It is an area that civil society has had a monopoly on. And the interesting question is about much more than adoption.

You can put any service into the equation and ask: What do you do when the only provider of a service is a civil society organization that is no longer able or deprived of the right to provide it?

Shakeela attacked by adopted daughter at Chennai residence.

Actor Shakeela was attacked by her adopted daughter in her house in Chennai on Saturday. 

The actor filed a complaint with the Kodambakkam police. In her complaint, Shakeela said she and her lawyer Soundarya suffered injuries during the tussle with her adopted daughter 

Sheethal. Sheethal is Shakeela's brother's daughter and was raised by the actor as her own child.

Sheethal, as per reports, initially left the house after a fierce fight broke out between her and Shakeela. The actor then informed her lawyer who arrived at her house to resolve the issue. By then, Sheethal had returned to the house along with her birth mother and sister Jameela and started attacking Shakeela and the lawyer.

While Sheethal hit Shakeela with a tray, her birth mother bit the lawyer Soundarya's hand. Following the incident, Shakeela filed a complaint with the police. Sheethal also filed another complaint against the actor in the same police station. The police said they will analyse the CCTV visuals and register a case after they conduct a further inquiry

Good advice: How to talk to your adopted child about negative adoption stories

It is important that the child does not feel alone, says the organization Adoption og Samfund.


Adoptees may be affected by the fact that international adoptions to Denmark have ceased for the time being.

This is what the organization Adoption og Samfund says, after Denmark's only adoption agency, Danish International Adoption (DIA), stopped mediating adoptions from abroad to Denmark earlier this week. This means in practice that it is currently no longer possible to adopt from abroad.

The closure takes place after doubts have arisen about conditions surrounding international adoptions to Denmark. For example, some countries are suspected of committing fraud , while other examples show children being taken from their biological parents without consent .

Chile's justice department stops investigating illegal adoptions by Dutch 'fake nun', victims demand action

Chile is no longer conducting a criminal investigation into possible child theft and illegal adoptions by a Dutch 'fake nun'. After the death of Truus Kuijpers last year, the Chilean investigating judge no longer decides whether she was guilty of this. His spokesperson told this site.

Adoption victims and interest groups are disappointed. They call on the Dutch government to conduct its own investigation, because new abuses continue to come to light about Kuijpers' adoption practices.


In Chile, a criminal investigation has been going on for years into the illegal adoptions of 20,000 children during the dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. Kuijpers, who ran a children's home there and falsely posed as a nun, was one of the suspects. Chilean mothers and adoptees accuse her of stealing children for adoption in the Netherlands. This would involve at least a hundred children.

According to investigating judge Jaime Balmaceda, five hundred cases are in a final phase and six hundred have been dismissed, including Kuijpers' case. She died exactly a year ago. "Due to her death, she is no longer a suspect and no statement will be made about her possible criminal liability," said a spokesperson for Balmaceda.

Genesis of the project: International Social Service

Genesis of the project:

Over the last decades a significant number of international adoptions have taken place from abroad to France. More and more people adopted in the 80s, 90s or early 2000s feel the legitimate need to research their origins and access their right to identity.

This research is a complex journey and not without risk. So being able to support them is today the great challenge to take up for the central authorities and all those involved in adoption as evidenced by recommendation number 31 of the special commission of July 2022 on the practical operation of the Hague Convention. 1993 on the protection of children and cooperation in matters of international adoption .

Adoptees live in a hostage situation

Many adoptees have a trauma behind them and feel different while growing up. When the outside world does not recognize their experiences, they join together and make each other aware - it's time they get society's support, writes Susanna Johansson.

They started adopting children from non-Western countries to Sweden in the 1950s. Sweden is one of the countries that has adopted the most children in the world per capita. Most adoptions have taken place via Adoptionscentrum and some have been done privately.

For about 7-8 years, adoption issues have been raised in the public conversation and in social media via research, books and articles by adoptees who have addressed the subject. In 2021, there was an impact with a series of articles in DN about adoption.

This is precisely why I make the comparison with the consciousness-raising political conversations of the 60s, when these radical feminist women's groups needed to share their individual experiences with each other in order to understand the extent of sexualized violence in heterosexual relationships and see that it was a structural problem.

In the same way, it is only when you as an adoptee talk to other adoptees, and when adoptees raise the issue from our perspective in the public conversation, that we become aware and take a closer look at our own experiences. Precisely because our experiences can then be problematized, mirrored, understood and reflected in conversations with others with similar experiences. The experience of living apart from other adoptees in our white families can be equated to being in the grip of perpetrators, like abused women in the 60s. A situation that has often made us blind to our own living conditions, which is also reinforced by the fact that our experiences are made invisible in the Swedish discourse on adoption. Our situation has become normalized for us as individuals living in our adoptive families.

Suspended sentence for lawyer convicted over illegal adoptions

A Thessaloniki appeals court has handed a lawyer a four-year suspended jail sentence on condition that he pay 3,000 euros to a children’s charity after finding him guilty of brokering illegal adoptions.


The case involves five illegal adoptions – one in 2014 and four in 2016 – where financially vulnerable women from Bulgaria were lured to come to Greece to give birth in private clinics and hand their babies up for adoption in return for a small fee.

The court found that the lawyer made over €32,000 from the adoptions, receiving payments ranging from €2,000 to 18,000 to his bank account.

The lawyer maintained his innocence throughout the trial and appeal. [AMNA]