Saturday, July 17, 2010

Adoption can be stopped: Minister (Himalayan Times)

Adoption can be stopped: Minister

Last Updated : 2010-07-16

Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Sarbadev Prasad Ojha today said Nepal was not eager to send Nepali children for inter-country adoption if foreign countries were not interested to adopt them.

Stating that the government was in no mood to listen to the complaints from adopters, Minister Ojha said they should be convinced before they adopted any child from Nepal.

Addressing a programme organised to discuss problems regarding inter-country adoption by Children Homes Federation Nepal, Ojha accused the inter-country adoption of late was being developed as a business with wide and strong network.

He urged parents to be responsible and aware about their children’s situation. Nepal is in favour of child right convention that the country has signed, he added.

“We had urged the Ministry of Finance to allocate budget for the protection of children,” said Minister Ojha, adding, “but there has been no proper feedback from the ministry.” The minister came down heavily on I/NGOs saying they were minting money in the name of social service. As many as 276 orphanages are in operating in Kathmandu alone, he said.

European countries, particularly Italy, France, Spain and the US, are the major recipients of adopted children from Nepal. Recently, Canada and Germany suspended adoption from Nepal alleging that fake documents were being prepared for inter-country adoption.

Shiva Paudel, child rights advocate, said country’s legal system should be made strong enough to address difficulties experienced in the implementation of the Hague Convention. Nepal signed the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Inter-Country Adoption on April 28, 2009 and is in the process of ratifying it.

Recently, the ministry formed a panel to recommend the government to address the Hague Convention. Paudel urged the government to develop a strong mechanism for monitoring adoption and asked envoys to pay attention towards the status of children adopted in their respective countries.

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