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Since a few years ago came to light that adopted children from Ethiopia were ‘harvested’ and conned from their parents, caused a stir. But adoptions from numerous other countries saves on false papers, lies and deceit. Now a new law on the way to provide secure adoptions – maybe.


The affluent South Korea is considered a model country for international adoption with a well-established system, since the Korean War has shipped more than 200,000 children out into the world – including Denmark.

But the Danish association for adult adoptees from Korea sees scams and lies in the numerous adoptions.

“We see many examples of cases where the documents are in Denmark, contain misleading and / or incomplete information,” Nanna Falk, who is a board member of the Korea Club, a social and cultural association of approximately 500 adult adoptees from Korea. “We also see examples of adoptees who should never have been given up for adoption; children who had been away, runaways or placed in orphanages temporarily ‘.

Korea Klubben is also encountered cases where children have become younger on paper, or their identity has been directly reversed.

 Pressure on single mothers

In South Korea are single mothers often put under intense pressure to deliver their children – it came among other things, Julia Vs mother, who initially was convinced that she would manage to raise the child she had with an expatriate American soldier .

But she was repeatedly visited by employees from the adoption agency that finally convinced her that Julia would have the opportunity for a better life and a better future, and finally she gave in. The day after she repented and tried to get his child back, but was refused a lie that her daughter had already adopted away.

Seen with the now adult Julia’s eyes was the adoption is not least an assault on the mother, she rediscovered 33 years later.

“I have seen and felt how brutally broken bond between my mother and me and the subsequent uncertainty has destroyed most of my mother’s life,” she says.

But countries like India, Vietnam, Guatemala, Nepal, Colombia, Nigeria and Romania, as Danish parents have adopted children from, has been hit by many different types of scandals, fraud and cheating.

In the most extreme cases, as in India, Danish adoption agencies funded orphanage which directly have stolen children from poor parents – and in many cases neglected them in such a degree that the children died and secretly cremated and buried in the backyard.

Nepal has been and continues to be tough and comprehensive accusations by the United Nations for child trafficking, but warnings may be repeated for several years before Denmark along with several other countries stopped adoptions in 2010.

Pressure on single mothers

In South Korea are single mothers often put under intense pressure to deliver their children – it came among other things, Julia Vs mother, who initially was convinced that she would manage to raise the child she had with an expatriate American soldier .

But she was repeatedly visited by employees from the adoption agency that finally convinced her that Julia would have the opportunity for a better life and a better future, and finally she gave in. The day after she repented and tried to get his child back, but was refused a lie that her daughter had already adopted away.

Seen with the now adult Julia’s eyes was the adoption is not least an assault on the mother, she rediscovered 33 years later.

“I have seen and felt how brutally broken bond between my mother and me and the subsequent uncertainty has destroyed most of my mother’s life,” she says.

But countries like India, Vietnam, Guatemala, Nepal, Colombia, Nigeria and Romania, as Danish parents have adopted children from, has been hit by many different types of scandals, fraud and cheating.

In the most extreme cases, as in India, Danish adoption agencies funded orphanage which directly have stolen children from poor parents – and in many cases neglected them in such a degree that the children died and secretly cremated and buried in the backyard.

Nepal has been and continues to be tough and comprehensive accusations by the United Nations for child trafficking, but warnings may be repeated for several years before Denmark along with several other countries stopped adoptions in 2010.

“It was a consistently arguing that if we did different things to strengthen surveillance, improve supervision in the countries the children come from and prevent børnehøsteri, would run the risk that came fewer children to Denmark,” said Pernille Skipper today .
Overheard prayer from Ethiopia

Unity had among other things, wished that Denmark only had to adopt from countries that have joined an international agreement on adoption, called the Hague Convention, which sets certain rules for adoptions. That would exclude a country like Ethiopia Social Committee members visited on a study as part of the preparation for the law.

“There we met the Minister of Ethiopia, who has responsibility for children and families and she recommended very strongly to separate the contributions to orphanages and adoptions completely ad, so the orphanages did not have a monetary incentive for adoption – that she asked us earnestly and said: Help us instead build a child welfare system. But it was not willing to, “said Pernille Skipper.

Social and Interior Minister Karen Ellemann-Jensen (V) also participated as an ordinary MP in Ethiopia-journey and says today that she remembers meeting with the Minister differently:

“I believe that the new law will be a much better regulatory framework than the past because it strengthens the supervision of the area in general,” she says. “Also, the financial supervision and rules of the aid amount, the agencies pay for the children’s homes will be tightened in future,” she says.

The new law will only affect future cases, she makes clear.

“We have created a whole new adoption system, just to make sure that we are going forward with a safer system.”

What about the parents who lost their children to Denmark?

“I have difficulty seeing, as in the case of adoptions carried out,” said Minister of Social Affairs.

Julia V. did not want her full name in the newspaper. Her name is known by the editors.


Adoption headwinds

Amy and Masho were symbols of unethical adoptions from Ethiopia because their stories in 2012 appeared in the media. Both children had parents in Ethiopia, but ended up in the Danish adoptive families who chose to place them outside the home.

Adoption agencies DanAdopt and AC International Child came under fire as a result of the revelations of the children harvest root in papers and economic chaos. Today a new law on the road, and the two agencies are merged under the name DIA (Danish International adoptions). Masho (known from the movie ‘adoption of a child price‘) continue to live in institutions, while Amy lives with her foster family.

Dorrit Saietz Journalist

For original article visit here.

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