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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adoption from Africa

From CNN:

A new report from The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) entitled "Africa: The New Frontier for Intercountry Adoption," says the trend indicates that receiving countries are turning "en masse" to Africa to meet demand for adoptive children as other options close. It's a trend, they say, that needs to stop.

"It must at all costs be discouraged. It should be a last resort and an exception rather than the normal recourse to solving the situation of children in difficult circumstances, as it seems to have now become," said David Mugawe, executive director of the ACPF in a press statement.

The group says that the lack of regulation combined with the promise of money from abroad had turned children into "commodities in the graying and increasingly amoral world of intercountry adoption."

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Unfortunately when criminals see profit in adoptions, they start to do things like kidnapping and conning financially vulnerable parents into adopting away their children. The criminal know the parents won't have the necessary resources to put up much of a fight and if the authorities do become involved the criminals will have already moved onto a new town or village.

Posted by: Divorce Attorney Tulsa | Jun 13, 2012 1:14:22 PM

I know this sounds horrible, but in all frankness this system of 'shopping children' has existed for decades.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Jun 13, 2012 3:07:16 PM

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