Tuesday, July 6, 2010

MEDIA: Inter-country adoption laws to be amended

Inter-country adoption laws to be amended

Last Updated : 2010-07-06

Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) is working to simplify provisions for inter-country adoption and to make Nepali missions abroad more responsible in terms of monitoring adoption cases in their respective countries.

The ministry decided to simplify legal provisions after Canada, following Germany, banned the adoption of Nepali children a month ago.

The Canadian Immigration Ministry had pointed to a report of the Hague Conference on Private International Law that described "strong evidence" of prevalence of fraudulent documents and false statements about children’s origins, age and status, as well as questions of whether adoptees or potential adoptees were abandoned. Ram Prasad Bhattarai, under secretary at the ministry said cooperation was being sought from other ministries and Nepali missions abroad to regulate and monitor adoption cases.

Bhattarai added that the ministry would ensure accountability with regard to the process of adoption. He added that work was on to waive the age limit clause. "Due to budget crunch, we are unable to conduct regular monitoring" said Bhattarai, adding that the ministry would ask Nepali embassies to show serious concern in this regard. Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare had recently said a significant number of listed orphanages were using inter-country adoption as a means to generate income.


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