International Adoption Scandals: Haiti steps up its fight

By Lara Trace

This ought to get some notice. (sigh)  The child trafficking business hasn’t slowed. Not when there is money to be made. Americans may choose to wear blinders but eventually the news will hit their newspapers. It may hit them hard if they adopted a trafficked child.

Wiki has a list of international adoption scandals dating from 2010 and back.

The following is a partial list, by year, of notable incidents or reports of international adoption scandals,[1][2][3][4][5] adoption corruption, child harvesting, baby-stealing, legal violations in international adoption, or adoption agency corruption (see child laundering; child trafficking:[6][7] “In the United States international adoptions are a big business, where a large number of private international adoption agencies are paid on average $30,000 a time to find a child for hopeful parents.”[8]

This story about Haiti was published in May: LINK

In Haiti, mothers warning others of adoption predators

The Haitian government is cracking down on international adoptions in a bid to warn poor Haitians about orphanage recruiters roaming the countryside with money or false promises.

By Santilla Chingaipe  (Transcript from SBS World News Radio) (May 2015)

The Haitian government is cracking down on international adoptions in a bid to warn poor Haitians about orphanage recruiters roaming the countryside with money or false promises.

The new measures include tightening up regulations and carrying out public awareness campaigns.

Santilla Chingaipe has the details.

(Click on the audio tab at link to hear the full report)

Armed with megaphones, women take to the streets of Haiti every day, sending a message to residents.

They are warning parents in rural areas about the dangers of handing over their children for adoption.

Since the devastating 2010 earthquake, serious flaws in the country’s adoption system have been exposed.

There have been reports of Haitians putting their children in orphanages for what they thought were temporary stays, only to find them gone when they returned for them.

Navilia Fontulus says her two-year-old grandson Edson spent three months in an orphanage after a recruiter paid his mother to take him away.

(Translated)”I thought I was going to lose him, because he was so small. After three months, we asked for him to be given back into the hands of his parents, because there have been people who gave up their children over 12 or 18 years ago and they’ve never found them again, not even a photo of their children. I thought I had lost him.”

Since April last year, the Haitian government has sought to overhaul the country’s adoption system.

It prohibited private adoptions, restricted the accreditation of foreign adoption agencies in the land and set a limit on how many children can be adopted internationally per year.

And it imposed regulations to address long-time complaints that parents were often pressured or manipulated into giving up children without understanding the ramifications.

Kristine Peduto is the head of the child protection unit in Haiti for the United Nations Children Agency, or UNICEF.

“We are all aware that, in the past, adoption was … that there had been a lot of issues in the process of having children adopted. Corruption, lack of regulation by the state, et cetera.”

Ms Peduto says it will take time for the changes to fully take hold, though.

“We know that moving away from the old system to have a country fully compliant with the Hague Convention (Hague Convention on International Adoption) will take time, and it demands tremendous effort from everyone at each step to ensure that all processes are fully respected.”

and this head-stopper:

Really?

You may have seen the #notabravelove (or #notbravelove) campaign going on the past few days. This campaign came into inception when one of my beemommy friends had had enough and suggested a campaign similar to #flipthescript that adoptees were doing in the month of November for National Adoption Month. Another beemommy friend suggested the hash tag #notabrave love and I ran with it. We needed to combat the billboard assault and tell expectant mothers the reality of adoption. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and it certainly hasn’t been a “beautiful thing” to us. It has meant a lifetime of grief, sadness and loss. Not being able to parent your child is not beautiful. The emotions that surround it align well with the death of your child. However, BraveLove want to INCREASE domestic infant adoption in the U.S.

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