Sunday, February 7, 2010

State sees no loopholes in adoption (Kathmandu Post)

State sees no loopholes in adoption (Kathmandu Post)


The government and representatives of organisations working for children have said that the survey report, which claims to have found loopholes in the adoption process, is far from truth.

They have urged the Hague Conference on Private International Law, which prepared the report, to substantiate its claims.

Among others, the report states that falsified reports are presented for facilitating the adoption of children from Nepal.

“The report was prepared with a view to tarnishing the country’s image. It is far from truth,” said Prachanda Raj Pradhan of the Child NGO Federation, Nepal.

The report follows a Terre des homes’ study report, which claims that more than 60 percent of children in orphanages had parents, who could take care of them.

“With new rules and regulations in place, there’s no room for malpractice in the adoption process,” said Dharma Raj Shrestha, member-secretary of the Central Child Welfare Board.

Nepal reopened the overseas adoption process in May 2008 after introducing new regulations. As per the new rules, theMinistry of Women, Children and Social Welfare takes a final call on adoptions.

Foreigners can adopt only those orphans or children, who are relinquished by parents through due procedures. Prospective parents have to pay US$ 3,000 to the government and $5,000 to foster homes before adopting a child.

Twenty out of 534 applicants got a nod for adoption in 2009, said an official at the ministry. The prospective parents are from Italy, the US, France, Canada and the UK. Paperwork for 39 applications is complete.

Amid claims of flaws in inter-country adoptions, Minister of State for Women, Children and Social Welfare Ram Bachan Yadav pledged to take action against anyone found involved in malpractices.

He asked the organisations to work in the best interest of the children. No communication could be established with Terre de homes office in Kathmandu for comment.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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