Like the Pope, some people view surrogacy as 'deplorable'. For many, it's a precious gift of parenthood

This weekend Anna, Matt and Brendan will uphold a somewhat belated annual tradition.

Every year gay couple Matt and Brendan take their son Baker to Anna's house and help her and her children put up their Christmas tree lights. "Then we have a picture in front of it," Anna says. "We didn't get around to it this year, so instead they'll help us take them down!"

As always, they'll exchange presents, including for Baker, 3. "I'm like his aunt," Anna says.

But the two Adelaide-based families have a particularly special relationship. Anna was a surrogate for Matt and Brendan, enabling them to become parents.

Before she became a surrogate, Anna was an egg donor for three different families. "I got hooked on the wonderful feeling of helping others in a really meaningful way," she says. "It's addictive."

From VIMSAR, rescued baby goes to adoption centre

SAMBALPUR : The baby girl rescued from an abandoned borewell pit in Rengali’s Laripali was discharged from VIMSAR, Burla and handed over to the district child protection unit (DCPU) on Thursday. After her rescue on December 12, the baby named Bijayini has been receiving dedicated medical care at VIMSAR’s special newborn care unit (SNCU) for the last month.

VIMSAR superintendent Lal Mohan Nayak said the baby’s condition improved remarkably during her treatment. Her weight has increased from 1.6 kg to 2.2 kg in the last month and she is free from all infections. “The baby was deemed fit to be discharged after doctors were able to feed her normally. We had to let her go with a heavy heart. But we would keep track of her health and growth besides being available for all sorts of medical emergencies,” Nayak added.

An officer of DCPU Babita Kar said the baby has been sent to the special adoption agency of Rukmini Lath Bal Niketan at Chhachanpali where nurses will take care of her. “As the baby is still in need of special care, the nurses of Bal Niketan have been trained at the hospital. A few guidelines have to followed to ascertain if there are any claimants of the abandoned baby.”

Official sources said the DCPU will publish advertisement in newspapers along with the photograph of the baby girl. If no claimants turn up within 60 days, the baby will be legally free for adoption. The baby was two days old when she was found trapped in the 13-foot-deep borewell pit by villagers. After a marathon operation lasting eight hours, she was rescued from the pit by local fire services personnel and teams of ODRAF and OSAP 2nd Battalion.

Earlier, Sambalpur police had informed that the baby’s biological parents were identified a few days after the incident. Her mother is currently undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack for postpartum depression.

In rare move, SC stays surrogacy rules for 7 couples, allows them to use donor eggs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday stayed a contentious provision of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Rules, 2022, for seven couples, allowing them to accept donor eggs to bear a surrogate child.

A two-judge bench led by Justice B.V. Nagarathna made the exception for the couples after it received medical reports in each case confirming that the women were unable to produce their own eggs due to underlying medical conditions.

The order brought relief to the couples as they had initiated the steps for surrogacy, but could not complete it due to a sudden amendment brought about in the rules in March last year. 

These couples had opted for surrogacy based on their respective doctor’s medical advice.  

The amendment in the surrogacy rules, notified on 14 March 2023, disallowed donor gametes for surrogacy. The amended rule says “couple undergoing surrogacy must have both gamete from the intending couple and donor gametes is not allowed”.

Nagpur: Adopted 8-month-old baby from poor family; A case was filed against the couple, the wife revealed the matter

Nagpur Illegal adoption of Girl: Bajajnagar police have registered a case against a couple for illegally adopting an eight-month-old girl. In this case, the police have detained the baby and handed it over to the Child Welfare Committee. Interestingly, the matter came to light only on the complaint made by the wife.

The names of the couple are Dipen Horilal Majumdar and Preeti Dipen Majumdar (Rest.Jaripatka). According to police, a few months ago Dipen and his wife adopted an eight-month-old baby from a poor family in Pune with the help of a person from Pune. He took custody of the baby only by notarizing it.


However, within a month, an argument started between Deepen and Preeti. As a result of that dispute, Dipen gave her to Sonal Patel, who lives in Laxminagar, for upbringing. Meanwhile, Preeti Majumdar went to his house and demanded the baby. However, she categorically refused to give the baby, saying that her husband had given the baby for adoption. (Latest Marathi News)

So Preeti approached the Police Commissionerate and demanded that the baby be adopted there and be given custody of it. Therefore, the Commissioner of Police ordered the Bajajnagar Police to investigate the matter. While investigating, the police summoned Sonal Patel and questioned him. After they informed about this, the police asked Preeti for the documents of adoption of the baby.

CWC made the child legally free for adoption in record time.

-This two months and five days old child was born in PJMCH, Dumka... -60 days ago the mother had applied to the committee to surrender the child...

CWC (Child Welfare Committee) has declared a baby born in PJMC Hospital, Dumka as legally free for adoption in record time. The child's mother had applied to CWC to surrender the child after being discharged from the hospital four days after delivery. The committee had accommodated the child in a girls' home along with his mother. During the reconsideration period of 60 days, the woman was given counseling four times in which she was explained that she should keep the child, but she continued to refuse to adopt him. Finally, on Tuesday, the child and his mother were presented before the Bench of Magistrate comprising Chairperson Dr. Amarendra Kumar, members Ranjan Kumar Sinha, Dr. Raj Kumar Upadhyay and Kumari Bijay Lakshmi. The mother put a stamp on the deed of surrender of her son, while the Panchayat head and the maid put their signatures as witnesses.

The committee executed the surrender deed and declared the child legally free for adoption. An order has been given to expedite the legal process of adopting the child by accommodating him in a specialized adoption institution and uploading his details in Carings. The process of this child's mother coming to CWC, birth and adoption of the child is also historical. In fact, when a widow became pregnant, her family and society harassed her and threw her out. In such a situation, a female head of Sadar block gave protection to the pregnant woman and informed the committee about it. From the security point of view, the committee registered the case of this aborted child and lodged the woman in a children's home (girls' home) located at Dhadhakiya. Due to labor pain in the nursery, the woman was admitted to PJMCH, where she gave birth to a healthy baby. After the child is legally freed by the committee, the child will be adopted as per the rules and procedure of adoption to any one of the approximately 30 thousand couples registered under CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority). This child will get all the legal rights in the same way as any child gets from his biological parents. Chairperson Dr. Amarendra Kumar said that the committee is also making all efforts to rehabilitate this woman with her family


Placed children and young people - The Children's Act & the importance of being together for attachment and development

With the Children's Act, children who have been placed have the right to pause contact with their biological parents. With this course day, we address how you, as a professional, create the best possible conditions for the child during placements, so that you both secure the child's rights and are aware of the challenges that can arise when contact is interrupted.

You will be in the company of two experts, namely lawyer Bente Adolphsen and psychologist Henriette Lieblein Misser . During the course, they will, among other things, into:

  • Socializing with parents and with others
  • Supported contact and supervised contact
  • The importance of togetherness for the child's attachment, including different forms of attachment and the latest research on congenital, genetic vulnerabilities
  • How can a child develop resilience in the face of the challenges that being together can bring?
  • How should you as a professional react to the things you observe before, during and after a meeting?

Read along below, where there is more information about today's content and the two teachers.


Calcutta HC Dismisses Swiss Citizen’s Plea Against Adoption Firm

KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Friday held that the right to privacy of birth parents overrides the right to search for one’s roots, dismissing the plea of a Swiss citizen against an adoption agency.

Adopted from India by Swiss parents in 1988, the petitioner raised the plea alleging non-cooperation from Specialized Adoption Agency — from where he was adopted — when he sought details of his biological parents.

The single bench of Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya held that although the right to know one’s roots is enshrined in the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution, “however...the rights of privacy and protection of identity of biological parents of adoptee are more fundamental and basic insofar as the said right protects the very survival of the biological parents. It is all the more so when an unwed mother surrenders her child due to extreme social pressures,” observed the Court, concluding that the right to confidentiality of the unwed biological mother has primacy over the right of the adoptee.

The petitioner’s mother was unmarried during his adoption in 1988. The court noted that Regulation 47(6) of the Adoption Regulations of 2022 stipulates that the right to privacy of biological parents shall not be infringed by the right of the adopted child. The regulations provide for confidentiality in respect to all the documents regarding the biological parents unless the said parent has expressed the willingness to divulge information.


Calcutta High Court Declines Swiss Citizen's Plea Against Adoption Agency Which Failed To Preserve His Adoption Records From 1988

The Calcutta High Court has dismissed a writ petition by a Swiss citizen, who was adopted in the year 1988, against the Specialised Adoption Agency through which he was given for adoption. Petitioner argued that after coming of age, he began a 'search for his roots' and wanted to retrace his pre-adoptive links, but due to the failure of the respondent authorities to preserve its records...


Guatemala’s baby brokers: how thousands of children were stolen for adoption

From the 1960s, baby brokers persuaded often Indigenous Mayan women to give up newborns while kidnappers ‘disappeared’ babies. Now, international adoption is being called out as a way of covering up war crimes

by Rachel Nolan

In 2009, Dolores Preat went looking for her birth mother. A softly spoken woman with a bob haircut and glasses, Preat had been adopted as a five-year-old from Guatemala by a Belgian family in 1984. Her adoption paperwork recorded her birth mother as Rosario Colop Chim, originally from an area that had been brutalised in the civil war that ravaged Guatemala from 1960 to 1996.

Aged 32, Preat booked a plane ticket to Guatemala. She had managed to trace Colop Chim to her home in Zunil, a small town sitting in a green valley at the base of a volcano. Zunil means reed whistle in the Indigenous Mayan language K’iche’, and the town’s population is almost entirely Indigenous. (In Guatemala, Indigenous people make up about half the population, identified and differentiated by language, by home town, and – especially among women – by brightly coloured hand-woven clothing.)


Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights’ Post

Heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Nigel Cantwell for delivering an enlightening lecture on "Protecting the Rights and Best Interests of Children in Intercountry Adoption." Your presentation has sparked meaningful reflections among our students, challenging them to reconsider and deeply contemplate crucial aspects. Thank you for the impactful insights! #childrensrights #intercountryadoption   


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