Baby removals trigger whistleblower to tell of 'inhumane' practices and mothers' trauma

  • In short: Damning claims by an SA government whistleblower have been levelled against the way child protection authorities are removing newborns from their mothers at public hospitals.
  • SA's Department for Child Protection removed more than 100 babies aged under one month in the last financial year.
  • What's next? A review of SA Health policy is due to be handed down by the end of the year.

After hours in labour, a new mother finally hears a high-pitched wail.

She's overcome with joy, exhaustion and relief, as a midwife hands her a tiny newborn, healthy and crying.

But in a scene described by a South Australian government whistleblower, what happens next is anything but joyous.

As the new mum holds her seconds-old baby to her chest, police officers and security guards stand at the hospital's delivery-room door.

The adoption center arranges its first group return trip to India!



The adoption center has for many years arranged group return trips to Colombia and South Korea, and now we want to expand our offer with a trip to India.

The purpose of the trip is to get to know India as a country, and give you an opportunity to explore your cultural roots. We will not be able to assist with a root search or meeting with biological family in connection with this trip.

Before we put this plan into action, we want to see what interest there is in such a trip.

Man arrested for duping woman of ₹9L by promising her girl child for adoption

Police arrest con man who duped woman of ₹9 lakh promising legal adoption of a newborn, misused her documents to buy a motorcycle.

MUMBAI: The police on Thursday arrested a con man who duped a Kandivali woman of ₹9 lakh by promising legal adoption of a newborn. According to Samta Nagar police officials, the accused, identified as Sahil Abdul Hameed Sheikh, pretended to be an employee of an NGO and had promised she could adopt a newborn. In addition to cheating the victim, the man also misused her documents in order to buy a new motorcycle.

The complainant, a 46-year-old Kandivali East resident, is a nurse and has been working as a patient caretaker for decades. Officers said that the woman was unable to conceive despite trying during the span of her 15 years of marriage. She then decided to adopt a child. When she started asking around about the adoption procedure, one of her friends introduced her to Sheikh, who in turn promised the complainant that he would find a child for her to adopt through the NGO where he worked.

In November 2020, Sheikh called the complainant and told her that there was a girl child who was put up for adoption by her mother. Sheikh showed the woman a photo of the girl child and made the woman fill a form with her particulars and also took ₹1.5 lakh as processing fees. After a few days when the woman enquired, Sheikh told her the girl had died after she contracted Covid.

He then offered her another girl child who was living with her grandmother, who could not take care of the baby. The woman then gave Sheikh ₹7.5 lakh to be paid to the grandmother of the girl child for giving up the child. After stalling the complainant for more than a year, Sheikh stopped responding to her calls and messages.

She lost her mom in South Africa. Now she's safe in the embrace of a new Canadian family

She lost her mom in South Africa. Now she's safe in the embrace of a new Canadian family


Ryleigh Ridland's arrival in B.C. ends 4-year legal battle that started after her mom's sudden death

Yvette Brend - CBC News

New rules alert: Religion of father, mother to be separately recorded in Birth Report, to apply for adoption also

Parents will now have to separately state the religion of the father and mother in the proposed Birth Report. A national-level database will be set up to keep records of births and deaths for various purposes.

Parents of new-born children will have to record their religion individually in the proposed Birth report, in a departure from the existing ‘religion of the family’ declaration, The Hindu reported.

The new form is in accordance with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs’ Model Rules. It will have to be notified to state governments and adopted by them before it comes into effect. The religion of the parents will have to be recorded individually for adoption also.

A national-level database will be established to keep records of both births and deaths. This database could potentially be utilised to refresh various other databases, including Aadhaar numbers, property registrations, ration cards, electoral rolls, passports, driving licenses, the National Population Register (NPR) and more.

Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023

2 girls rescued from rly stations adopted

Patna: Two girls, rescued from Patna and Rajendra Nagar railway stations when they were barely a few months old, were adopted by two couples — a Dubai-based and another one from Kerala — in the presence of Patna district magistrate (DM) Shirshat Kapil Ashok here on Tuesday. The adoption took place as per the recommendations of the Adoption Guide (2022) issued by the Union ministry of women and child development.

The girl adopted by the Dubai couple was rescued at Patna Junction platform 1 when she was just a month old, while the other was found deserted at Rajendra Nagar Railway Station when she was just nine months old. Both the girls were staying at District Child Protection Unit-operated Arunodaya, a special adoption institute in Patna.

Assistant director of DCPU, Uday Kumar Jha, said that nowadays couples were more interested in adopting a girl child rather than a boy. “Couples are even ready to wait for two to three years to adopt a girl child. In the last five years, 92 children were adopted, including 61 girls,” he said.

Earlier, children could be adopted only through family courts, therefore in a bid to make the procedures simple, the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, was amended and henceforth the DM was authorised to issue orders relating to adoption.

Australian adoption numbers drop to record low

Just over 200 adoptions were finalised in Australia last year - an all time low and dramatic decline since reporting began more than 50 years ago.

The Australian government started recording adoptions in 1968-1969.

The number of children adopted increased from 6773 in the first year to a peak of 9798 in 1971-1972.

But the latest data in a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows a combined 201 domestic and inter-country adoptions were recorded in 2022-2023, a decline of 98 per cent since the early 1970s peak.

Over the last five years the number of adoptions has decreased from 330 to 201.

Surat court sentences foster father, kin to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for raping adopted daughter

The accused in the case were arrested after the victim’s foster mother lodged a complaint against them. The court ruled that the ‘act of the accused’ amounted to ‘betrayal of faith in humanity’.

A court in Gujarat’s Surat on Monday convicted and sentenced a man, his brother and his two nephews to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment for raping the man’s adopted daughter, a minor. The court also directed that a compensation of Rs 2.50 lakh be awarded to the victim.

The special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act court said in its order that the accused were family members and their role was to save and protect the child but “in this case, the protector became predator”.

“The victim is only 13 years and one should imagine the mental condition of the victim. The accused are none other than her family members like her father (foster), her uncle and her cousin brothers, who took advantage of her adopted child and raped her. In every culture, father primarily has the role of a protector, provider and disciplinarian, while in this case the protector became predator. The act of the accused amounts to betrayal of faith in humanity,” Judge S N Solanki observed in the order.


For First Time Since 2018-19, Adoptions Cross 4000-Mark

NEW DELHI: In a promising trend, adoptions have once again reached pre-pandemic numbers. Latest govt data show that 4,009 children were adopted between April 2023 to March 2024 by families in India and abroad. The last time the number of adoptions (in-country and inter-country) crossed 4,000 was in 2018-19 when it touched 4,027. Also, in-country adoptions at 3,560 are the highest since 2015-16.

In 2022-23, the total number of adoptions stood at 3,441, up from 3,405 in the previous financial year. Data collated by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), under the ministry of women and child development, show that of the 4,009 adoptions in 2023-24, 449 were inter-country adoptions.

This year, CARA has expanded the ambit of adoption to include the concept of ‘foster adoption’ as a category. So far 10 children have been placed under foster adoption across the country, in keeping with the Adoption Regulations 2022. Moreover, CARA has also been focusing on expediting cases of relatives keen on taking an orphaned child in their family or prospective parents waiting to adopt their step children.

As many as 412 children, adopted under in-country adoptions, figure in the category of ‘relative and step adoption’. The break-up of the data on domestic adoptions shows that relatives and step parents in India adopted 311 and 101 children respectively. Relatives (NRI/OCI) abroad adopted 18 children.

The break-up of 3,560 in-country adoptions shows that as many as 3,081 were in the category of ‘orphan, abandoned and surrendered (OAS)’ children who were adopted within the country by resident Indians and 57 were adopted by NRIs. In 2022-23, domestic adoptions stood at 3,010 and this number was 2,991 in 2021-22.

In the inter-country adoption category, 295 OAS children were adopted by foreigners and 91 by overseas citizens of India (OCI). Also 42 children were adopted by NRI and OCI parents under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act.

Officials highlight that one of the key factors contributing to the increase in adoptions during the year 2023-24 can be attributed to the focus on promoting adoption within the country and in the child’s own socio-cultural milieu as laid out in the adoption regulations notified in 2022 and Juvenile Justice Act as amended in 2021. One of the key shifts under the law was that the power to pass an adoption order was given to the district magistrate instead of the court. The officials also point to the simplification of the adoption process to cut down delays from the stage of making the child legally free for adoption to the reducing the time for the referral and matching process for children in the adoption pool with prospective adoptive parents.

Meanwhile, even as CARA is taking these measures to cut down delays in the adoption process there continues to be a big gap in the number of parents waiting to adopt and the children available in the adoption pool. CARA’s dashboard as of Monday shows that 33,809 prospective adoptive parents registered whereas the number of children in the pool remains low at a little over 2,141 children and of these 731 are in ‘normal category’ and 1,410 in ‘special needs’. Of the PAPs registered, over 31800 are resident Indians registered for adopting a child in the “orphan, abandoned and surrendered” category and a little over a 1000 are there to adopt in the “relative/step parent” category.

Children for Sale - When Guatemalan adoption became big business

Discussed in this essay:

Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala, by Rachel Nolan. Harvard University Press. 320 pages. $35.

In May 1982, Blanca Luz López entrusted her son, a toddler, to a full-time caretaker in a poor neighborhood of Guatemala City. This was a common arrangement for working mothers, like López, whose long hours prevented them from assuming themselves the responsibilities of parenting. She visited her son when she could, and then, one day that next February, he wasn’t there. The caretaker said she had sent the boy elsewhere “for his greater safety,” and gave López an address. López went to the house, and a woman there told her that the boy would be returned to her at a piñata party so that he could be given a proper goodbye.

When López and four other people—three adults and a child—arrived for the party, they were shown in, offered a bottle of liquor, and then set upon by a group of attackers with knives. All four adults, including López, were murdered, and the child was kidnapped. The assailants had already shuttled López’s son out of the country, and the other child was never seen again. To this day, neither has been found.

Before Guatemala outlawed foreign adoptions in 2007, one in a hundred children born there was adopted internationally. The country was second only to China in the number of children being sent abroad, yet Guatemala had a population of about thirteen and a half million people, roughly one one-hundredth of China’s. Rachel Nolan, in her detailed and heartrending first book, Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala, uses years of research to show the way that a country destabilized by war can invite merciless profiteers to break apart families such as López’s and allow others overseas to reconfigure them according to their own desires. For the three decades between 1977 and 2007, Guatemala allowed lawyers to match children with foreign families, with minimal oversight from a court. What happened in Guatemala, along with similar scandals in Romania, South Korea, and Peru, inspired the creation of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption in 1993. The treaty now governs the way more than a hundred countries conduct adoption across national borders.