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Norway considers halting overseas adoptions as Denmark's only international agency winds down work

Denmark’s only overseas adoption agency says it is “winding down” its facilitation of international adoptions after a government agency raised concerns over fabricated documents and procedures that obscured children’s origins abroad


Denmark’s only overseas adoption agency said Tuesday that it is “winding down” its facilitation of international adoptions after a government agency raised concerns over fabricated documents and procedures that obscured children's biological origins abroad.

The privately run Danish International Adoption mediated adoptions in the Philippines, India, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan and the Czech Republic. Last month, an appeals board suspended DIA's work in South Africa because of questions about the agency's adherence to legal standards.

The Danish agency announced it was getting out of the international adoption business on the same day Norway’s top regulatory body recommended stopping all overseas adoptions for two years pending an investigation into several allegedly illegal cases.

 

EXPERT CALLS FOR PROBE INTO ADOPTION AGENCIES

Chairperson of the Child Welfare Gauteng, Angelique McAdam, is calling for the investigation of all adoption agencies and related laws to be reviewed.

McAdam says child traffickers get away with their crimes due to lax laws.

“Where money is involved there’s always an opportunity for criminal activity,” she adds.

McAdam, who has adoptive children, says there needs to be stricter processes put in place.

She says it took her years to adopt her children due to gaps in the process, lack of communication between departments and adoption agencies that charge exorbitant fees with lack of service.

DIA – Danish International Adoption ceases to function as an intermediary for international adoptions

The trust no longer lasted

Adoption og Samfund, like the rest of Denmark, has today become aware that DIA's board of directors has decided yesterday to wind down their activities as mediators of international adoptions.

This means that there are currently is no one to mediate any international adoptions, either ongoing or upcoming. Adoption & Society has been informed that work is being done on a plan around this, just as the minister in the area, Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil, has also stated in the press.

A strained relationship between the Danish authorities and DIA, the only intermediary organization for international adoption in Denmark, has now resulted in the temporary closure of international adoption to Denmark. The trust that international adoption through DIA can take place legally, ethically and morally correctly is gone, and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Housing and the Elderly has therefore temporarily suspended all country agreements. DIA has therefore now taken the consequence and is shutting down their work as mediators of international adoption.

The trust between the Danish authorities and DIA is gone and therefore we believe in Adoption & Society that it is the right decision. For everyone's sake, not least the adopted, adoptive families, biological and foster families, etc. 

This is how you talk to your child about everything they hear in the press about adoptions right now - and which might give rise to more wondering and curious questions about the adoption.

We have received many inquiries from families with adopted children who experience that the children have reactions to what they hear in the press right now. The reactions are natural, but it is wise to be in them together.

Phrases like:

  • Children who are separated from their parents.
  • Errors in adoptions.
  • Families who do not have their children.

These are just some of the phrases that abound in the press right now about adoption. Sentences which can be very violent for many children and young people with an adoption background, and these days we have heard about children who feel ostracized by Denmark, why isn't it just wonderful that I am here? And children and young people who ask their parents about, among other things

  • Are there mistakes in my adoption?
  • Is there something wrong with the children?
  • Is it true that I am here in Denmark?
  • Can you take the children back?

Modernization of parentage and child custody law: Federal Justice Minister Buschmann presents key points

Federal Minister of Justice Dr. Marco Buschmann today published two key issues papers on the modernization of family law: a key issues paper on the reform of child custody law with proposals for new rules in custody, visitation and adoption law and a key issues paper on the reform of parentage law.


Source: BMJ

In particular, children in separated families, patchwork and rainbow families as well as non-marital partnerships should benefit from the proposed new regulations.

Federal Justice Minister Dr. Marco Buschmann:

“We need a boost to modernization in Germany - also in family law. Many children today grow up in separated families, in patchwork and rainbow families or with parents who are not married to each other. Our family law lags behind this reality. Parents and children pay the price: family law makes life unnecessarily difficult for many people.

"It screams to the sky": Danish adoption agency closes and shuts down

Denmark's only adoption agency, Danish international Adoption, is now turning the key. Document inspection reveals double work and double pay for an employee in South Africa


Danish International Adoption, also called DIA, is from today the past as Denmark's only adoption agency. In a press release, the adoption agency writes that at an extraordinary board meeting they have decided to close and switch off.  

"It is a difficult decision for the DIA board to make. But we see no other way out. The area of ​​international adoption can no longer, under the current conditions in Denmark, be run by an NGO like ours", the press release states, among other things. 

The decision has come after the Danish Appeals Board informed DIA on Friday that they would recommend to the Minister of Social Affairs to stop the mediation from DIA's largest mediation country, South Africa. Two days later, the Appeals Board then announced that they would also suspend all adoptions from five other countries for a period. 

The Danish Appeals Board has for some time been concerned about South Africa in particular. Danwatch has obtained access to the correspondence between the Danish Appeals Agency and DIA, which shows that for more than a year the agency has been asking critical questions about a problematic employment relationship and opaque bookkeeping in the country.

Ministry: 'Most serious crisis in ten years'

Minister of Social Affairs and Housing Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil (S) expresses great understanding for the difficult situation in which the 36 families who are currently waiting to adopt are in

Earlier in the day, Denmark's only mediator of international adoptions, Danish International Adoption (DIA), announced that they are stopping their work.

It was decided at an extraordinary board meeting in DIA and takes place after the organization has been hit by a number of sanctions from both the Danish Appeals Agency and the Ministry of Social Affairs, Housing and the Elderly, which is responsible for supervising the adoption agency.

And the latter ministry makes no secret of the fact that this is a serious situation in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.

'It is the most serious crisis in the area of ​​adoption in the past ten years,' they write.

North East adoption agency celebrates finding loving homes for 300 children

ARC Adoption hit the milestone in December 2023.


A North East adoption agency is celebrating the momentous achievement of finding loving homes for over 300 children.

ARC Adoption North, which supports and prepares people to become approved adopted parents, achieved the milestone in December 2023.

Carly and Ashleigh, a North East based couple and now new parents, registered to start the adoption process with ARC Adoption in early 2023. After completing the preparation training and assessment process they were approved to adopt in August, before being matched with a gorgeous little boy who joined them just before Christmas.

“After going through many options to have a family together, adoption felt like it was the right thing for us and for our family," the couple said. "When thinking about the love and stability we had to give to a child, it was an easy choice to help a child in need and choose adoption.

US, Canadian Couples Adopt Specially Abled Orphans

Hubballi: Two couples from the US and one from Canada recently adopted three specially abled orphan children from the District Child Protection Unit here. Currently, there are 11 orphans at this unit. In the last three years, the unit had received seven abandoned children and rescued another 21.According to sources, of the three foreign couples, one was childless. Fifteen couples from Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh have also adopted abandoned children. To enhance child safety, cradles have been placed at Guntigeri, Hubballi and other locations so that people do not abandon infants near trees, by the roadside, near drains and such other places.To streamline adoption procedures for orphans, abandoned and surrendered children, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) has been given the status of a statutory body to enable it to perform its functions more effectively. Adoption processes have been streamlined with fixed timelines for both in-country as well as inter-country adoptions, including declaring a child legally free for adoption. Neeta Wadkar, the district child protection officer, told STOI the government has given an opportunity to couples and single parents to apply for adoption on the CARA website. The process involves completion of certain legal formalities as well.According to Wadkar, inter-country adoption is on the rise. At six-month intervals, door visits are conducted to check on the condition of adopted children and collect all relevant data on them. “Usually, couples have to wait for a minimum of two years to adopt a child and adoptions are allowed only after running a thorough check on the prospective parent or parents,” she added.Prakash Kodliwad, a child protection officer, said: “We are creating awareness on legal adoption and the procedures that need to be followed. During awareness campaigns, members of the public are also warned on the consequences of illegal adoption.”

Punjabi girl facing annulment of adoption set to turn corner

KOCHI: Things seem to be looking up for the Punjabi girl who faced abandonment by her adoptive parents in Kerala. The elderly couple had moved the court to annul the adoption of the 18-year-old, who is now dreaming of a career in fashion design. Following intervention by the Kerala High Court, the state government has facilitated her admission to the fashion design course at Thiruvananthapuram Government Polytechnic. She will also join a Hindi language course offered by Hindi Prachar Sabha to explore opportunities in her home state.  

The couple from Thiruvananthapuram had adopted her as a 12-year-old, on an order issued by the Guardian Judge, Ludhiana, Punjab in 2018. They sought to repeal the adoption on the basis that she was unable to integrate herself into the family. According to the couple, they tried their best to rehabilitate and assimilate the child into the family, but to no avail.

They had adopted her in a difficult phase in their life when they had lost their only son in a car accident on January 14, 2017. TNIE broke the news of the couple approaching the HC to void the adoption last November. The court expressed hope that “there will be a change in the perception and attitude of the parents in time, because, after all, as they say, time is the greatest healer. Perhaps, reconciliation between them and the child could then be a possibility.”

When the petition filed by the couple came up for hearing, amicus curiae Parvathi Menon submitted that the girl had been shifted to Sree Chitra Home, an institution under the state government more suited for adults and that arrangements had been made for her to attend a fashion design course at the Thiruvananthapuram Government Polytechnic. She added that if the girl wants Hindi as the medium of education, then it can also be decided – depending upon the progress that she makes as of now – to shift her to one of the courses to be offered by the Hindi Prachar Sabha. 

The amicus curiae also said that she is trying to obtain support from the government of Punjab and Haryana through the advocate general there, as also the Legal Service Authority, to alternatively explore whether the girl can be accommodated in her home state if that is what she wants in due course. That can be done only with the assistance of Jayachithra S, superintendent of Sudharma Home, where the girl resided before being moved to Sree Chitra Home, and Shaniba Begum, chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee, Thiruvananthapuram, the amicus curiae added.