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An Excerpt from “Inside Story of an Adoption Scandal” by Arun Dohle gives reason for the need of searches and reunions:
“In historical terms, intercountry adoptions from India have had a short run. Within thirty years of its inception, murky scandals of child kidnapping, falsifying paperwork, outright trading, and other tragic stories have ridden these intercountry adoptions. Worldwide, adoption experts widely believed that ratifying the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-Operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993) would help reduce malpractice in such adoptions. The Convention aims to minimize malpractice in adoption and “prevent the abduction, the sale of, or trafficking in children.Generally, receiving countries do not know the details of the scandals taking place in sending countries. The aim of this article is to give the reader an inside view of an adoption scandal and to explain how the system deals with the scandal. Therefore, I will often quote directly from documents gathered from journalists, as well as from High Court proceedings.
No matter how well regulated one considers the Indian adoption system, allegations of corruption, kidnapping, and trafficking of children continue on a regular basis. For example, intercountry adoptions almost completely ceased in the state of Andhra Pradesh after it came to light that licensed adoption agencies indulged in the buying and selling of tribal babies.”