World — June 20, 2012 12:52 am

International Adoption’s Trafficking Problem

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Approximately 250 orphans in Malawi

The Illusion

International adoptions have an illustrious façade, conjuring images of couples saving a hungry, orphaned child and living happily ever. While imagining international adoptions as a corrupt business is abhorrent, connections to child trafficking have recently arisen. Accordingly, the State Department reports that though Americans adopted 22,991 international children in 2004, the implementation of The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption brought about a precipitous drop to 9,319 adoptions in 2011.

Over the past decade, Western investigative journalists led by Scott Carney have published on hidden realities. Despite the illusion that there are more orphans available than parents looking to adopt, there is insatiable demand for children from the developing world, particularly healthy infants.

With this enormous market, many opportunities exist for profit seekers. Promises of astronomical adoption fees motivate orphanages to ensure a steady supply of children. This causes orphanages to resort to drastic measures, even occasionally paying kidnappers directly. According to Carney’s reports in his book The Red Market, the problem is particularly rampant in impoverished Asian countries. Malaysian Social Services, located in Chennai, India, has paid about $236 per child, while China’s Hunan Province hosts institutions that openly purchase children openly for up to $350. Western adoption agencies are not immune from temptation either. Notably, employees of Zoe’s Ark, a French charity, attempted to fly 103 “Sudanese war refugees” from Chad in 2007. Police later determined that most of the children had been taken unwillingly from their families in Chad.

A Limited Solution: The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption

Alison Dilworth, the U.S. Department of State’s Adoption Division chief, tells the HPR, “The way we think, of course, is the best way to make adoption ethical and transparent is to fight corruption and for countries to join the Hague Adoption Convention. What we invest a lot of time and resources on is trying to get countries to join the Hague Convention.” The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption was concluded in 1993, establishing a humane legal framework for international adoption that would stem child trafficking.

The convention has a system of administrative cooperation in place so that central authorities can communicate with each other. For any given case, there must be licensed intermediaries and accredited bodies present to certify an adoption in the child’s country of origin. However, because of regulatory costs, many developing countries have not agreed to the convention, despite the fact that nearly all Western countries have at least nominally signed on.

Although the convention has benefited from the support of over 80 signatories, it lacks sufficient force to back up its policy prescriptions. Dilworth said the primary enforcement mechanism is that, as “a Hague Convention member, you agree to accredit adoption service providers to work from your country.” While a fair amount of enforcement oversight exists for individual adoption service providers, it assumes that all nations involved in the adoption industry enforce the rules. However, there are few consequences for failing to follow guidelines or refusing to sign the Hague Convention. For example, though Haiti never signed the treaty, other countries can adopt from there.

The Persistence of Corruption

Michele Goodwin, law and medicine professor at the University of Minnesota, tells the HPR, “The costs associated with adoptions can be quite high—staggering—and people are willing to pay them. And there are people who know there are individuals willing to pay it. That in it of itself opens up the potential for corruption.” The convention’s most salient flaw is failing to limit the amount that couples in developed countries can pay for international adoptions. Until profits in the adoption industry are sharply reduced, it is difficult to imagine an end to practices that effectively amount to child trafficking.

Because of both faulty bookkeeping and deliberate manipulation, there is no reliable source on how much adoption corruption takes place. Therefore, it is impossible to concretely determine whether actions reduce corruption, as the only available statistic is the number of children adopted abroad. Michael Thorner, The Hague Conference’s Director of the International Centre for Judicial Studies and Technical Assistance, told the HPR that, “With international adoption, most of the problem is that people often view the decrease in international adoptions as a negative effect of the intercountry adoption convention. There’s actually a drop in adoptions because more proper procedures with more safeguards are actually being added.”

The persistence of tracking problems, profit motives, and demand for children ensures that corruption in intercountry adoption will remain. This does not mean however that international authorities should give up fighting adoption corruption. Thorner continued, “There have been real successes. And I think looking to the areas where we have had success, where we have developed effective transnational partnerships… we should model along the lines of where we’ve been achieving and I think we can have a real impact in these domains.”

Why Corruption Matters

No Western official wants to tell couples that their child had been stolen at birth, and is now being claimed abroad by the birth parents. However, according to the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, a child adopted by families without the biological parents’ consent is considered a victim of human trafficking. Yet, most people in developing countries do not have the means to launch investigations to find their children, and faulty documentation exists. Indeed, Cumberland Law School Professor David Smolin adopted two girls from India, but after they arrived, he discovered that the girls had been stolen from their mother.

Given the persistence of demand for international adoptions and ubiquitous corruption, policymakers are convinced that reform must occur. Without renegotiating the terms of the Intercountry Adoption Convention though, no individual nation’s policy improvements will sufficiently impact one of human trafficking’s most under-reported manifestations. Goodwin believes, “For sure one of the ways in which we can resolve this is if the United States, through either monetary pressure or political pressure, makes it clear to other governments that we don’t support these practices.” Only with a reinvented international framework, genuine policy innovation, and cooperation from adoption agencies in the developing world can concerned leaders expect to surmount the global problem of child trafficking.

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  • Chad Rancher

    What this article so accurately points out is something ALL adoption “professionals” have known for decades; harvesting infants for adoption either here in the USA or abroad is blatant baby-trafficking. If the infant-feeding frenzy of American PAPs (potential adoptive people) ceased, we would very shortly see the end of virtually all infant kidnapping for profit in the developing nations. Examine some of the studies and research done on infant trafficking, the role of orphanages in the exporting countries, and the criminal ways babies are procured for infertile people here in the States. You will soon discover it is the money and profit that fuels the entire corrupt system. Thank you, Gina Kim, for writing this valuable, insightful article. Americans and wealthy westerners need to learn the hard truth about coercive and criminal adoption practices. Thanks for helping to open their eyes.

  • Freddie

    Sad as it is to say, some of the worst offenders in the adoption world are evangelical Christians and their “orphan movement” (even David smolin, a self-described evangelical Christian, law professor and adoptive parent thinks so — check out his writing at fleasbiting.blogspot.com)… Folks with good intentions who scarily veer into “ends justifies the means” territory, ie “breaking the law is OK if it saves a child, since laws are made by man and I have god on my side!!”.

    Among the worst offenders are the Reece’s Rainbow adoption “ministry” that advocates for the adoptions of orphans with down syndrome snd other special needs in eastern Europe. Yes, such children can languish in awful institutions but breaking the law to get to them doesn’t do anyone any favors… and illegal activities get adoption programs shut down, which is why Americans can no longer adopt from Nepal, Guatemala or Vietnam (and why the State Department has issued numerous warnings about adoption corruption in Ethiopia, DRC, and kyrzygstan).

    Tons of  russian, ukrainian and serbian children are ILLEGALLY photolisted on Reece’s Rainbow (the kids are super-duper cute):
    http://reecesrainbow.org/new-family/thechildren

    Here are links to the actual Ukrainian Russian and Serbian laws:

    Ukrainian law banning photolistings and pre-selection of adoptable children:
    http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/adoption-procedures.html

    Russian law banning photolistings by anybody except the government of Russia (it’s in Russian, but you can google translate it into English to get the gist):
    http://www.usynovite.ru/documents/federal/legislative/kodecsrf/

    Similar laws are in the books in Bulgaria (just google it) and Serbia (who to contact at the US and Serbian embassies to confirm this can be found at):
    http://gardenofeagan.blogspot.ca/2012/01/serbian-adoptions-411.html?m=1

    It is illegal, unethical, undignified and inappropriate to photolist these children — who are entitled to privacy and dignity!!  Reece’s Rainbow also photolists many children that aren’t and never were legally available for international adoption, which leads to heartbreak (myianna.blogspot.com,bobbyandlura.blogspot.com, savinganangel.blogspot.com) and encourages PAPs to use the illegally obtained info to set up “fundraising” blogs so that underprepared folks with no savings, an underwater mortgage and no ability to take out loans due to bad credit and/or who have so many kids already that they cannot get a fostercare license or adopt domestically CAN adopt:

    http://journeytoreunitetwoangels.blogspot.ca/2012/04/good-days-and-then-days-like-today.html?m=1

    http://www.6littlehogelands.blogspot.ca/2012/03/can-you-sponsor-part-of-our-adoption.html?m=0

    Or families that already have 12 high needs, special needs kids and are adopting 5 more simultaneously, despite the fact that 17 SN kids to 2 caregivers is not appropriate:
    http://godsrainbowsinourlives.blogspot.ca/?m=1

    RR encourages PAPs to work with an allegedly unethical facilitator called Serge in Ukraine, who has allegedly threatened PAPs with bodily harm and held PAPs hostage to boot:

    https://theadoptionspotlight.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/reeces-rainbow-interesting-facts-on-their-ukraine-team/

    Adoption agencies acknowledge that RR breaks tge law by sending their clients emails to tell them NOT to mention Reece’s rainbow due to their illegal activities, such as this message from Hand in Hand adoptions:
    https://theadoptionspotlight.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/question-5-for-andrea-roberts-and-reeces-rainbow-hand-in-hand-email/

    Reece’s Rainbow is argued to work with missionary groups in Ukraine and Bulgaria to obtain the photos and private medical info needed to illegally photolist children:

    Shelly Bedford runs NGO One Heart Bulgaria and updated folks on how donations have been used to improve conditions at the terrible Pleven orphanage:
    http://www.only1mom.com/2012/06/pleven-medical-fund-update-how-you-have.html?m=1

    It is alleged Shelly sent pics and private medical info on kids in Pleven to RR and to her friend (and fellow RR adoptive momma) Sizsnne Mussner … Hello illegal photolistings:

    http://theblessingofverity.com/2012/06/standing-in-their-place/

    Missionaries from Team Works Ukraine send therapists to orphanages in ukraine to provide much needed treatment to disabled children:
    http://www.teamworksukraine.com/2012/06/ukraine-day-5/

    (the 3rd picture is of a little boy who was photolisted on RR as “Valentin”)

    These pics and info often end up on RR… And “Valentin” was recently adopted thru RR by the Ashton family:

    http://www.headoptedusfirst.blogspot.ca/2012/06/13-days-home.html?m=1

    The very worst part of all this corruption is that it is ultimately the adopted children who suffer the most — they are kicked to the curb (disrupted) or killed by their godly Christian “forever families” at an appallingly high rate, in just the past couple of years:

    Nicolai Enelyentsev – dead at the hands of his RR parents, Kim and Fyodor Emelyentsev 

    Yuri Winkle – disrupted by forever momma Autumn Winkle (who allegedly kept $30k raised to adopt him and $13k adoption tax refund… despite getting rid of Yuri)

    Victor Reilly – disrupted by Kari and Tom Reilly, do they could adopt 2 cuter, lower maintenance kids from Ethiopia (just what Jesus would do, right?).

    Emmitt Bedford – disrupted by his first RR family taken in by Shelly who works with NGO Ine Heart Bulgaria (provider of info/photos to RR) and is alleged to quietly help re-home many of the RR kids that are disrupted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mirah.riben Mirah Riben

    Asking the U$ to set limits is a joke! Adoption is just another free enterprise in the U$, a nation with a firm beleif that if you can afford to pay for it, you “deserve” to have it, even when the if is a human being.

    For more about child trafficking for adoption read the works of David Smolin: works.bepress.com/david_smolin

    Mirah Riben, author, THE STORK MARKET: America’s Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry

  • http://www.facebook.com/mirah.riben Mirah Riben

    Thank you or ll these resources, Freddie. Actually, Fleas Biting is the blog of DESIREE Smolin, David’s wife.

    Yegarding adoptees MURDERED by their “forever’ adopters: there are approx 16 from Russia alone…and far ore who survived their near fatal abuses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mirah.riben Mirah Riben

    International adoption facts:

    - FACT: 90% of children in orphanages worldwide are not orphans but have at least one living parent and/or extended family planning to reunite their family as was the case with the two children Madonna adopted. Many such people have no concept of permanent adoption of their children. – FACT: Many people all over the world are exploited for their ignorance, asked to sign papers they cannot read; told their children are going to the US Europe of an education.- FACT: Many caring people wanting to adopt for purely altruistic reasons chose reputable agencies, and have inadvertently adopted children who were stolen or kidnapped. Child traffickers label kidnapped children abandoned and it is virtually impossible to verify otherwise.- FACT: In nations that have ceased IA because of corruption, the number of allegedly “abandoned” babies dropped to almost zero. When adoptions were resumed, the number of said “abandoned” babies rose back up again to meet the demand!- FACT: Children are kidnapped, stolen and trafficked all over the world – South & Central America, eastern Europe, Asia, Africa – to meet a demand for younger children while older and physically challenged children are ignored in orphanages as are the 120,000 US children in foster care who COULD be adopted! – FACT: The tens of thousands of dollars paid by westerners to adopt would be far better spent building schools, digging wells or buying medical supplies. Such high fees instead support traffickers and prevent local residents from adopting within many nations because they cannot compete financially with fees set based on demand.
    “Regrettably, in many cases, the emphasis has changed from the desire to provide a needy child with a home, to that of providing a needy parent with a child. As a result, a whole industry has grown, generating millions of dollars of revenues each year . . .”The Special Rapporteur, United Nations, Commission on Human Rights, 2003.”Over the past 30 years, the number of families from wealthy countries wanting to adopt children from other countries has grown substantially. At the same time, lack of regulation and oversight, particularly in the countries of origin, coupled with the potential for financial gain, has spurred the growth of an industry around adoption, where profit, rather than the best interests of children, takes centre stage. Abuses include the sale and abduction of children, coercion of parents, and bribery.” UNICEF’s position on Inter-country adoption.
    “…overseas adoption is a kind of child abuse by the state. ….Overseas adoption is the forced expulsion of children from the society where they are supposed to live. In this sense, overseas adoption is a social violence against children. As humans, we exist as part of a gigantic ecosystem. The existence of the biological parents of adoptees can never be annihilated nor denied.
    “Overseas adoption is a forced separation of children from their natural ecosystems, as well as a way of forcing them into compulsory unity with settings different from and unnatural to their genetic and original social systems. Through this forced separation and compulsory unity, not only the adoptees, but also their biological parents, adoptive parents and their family members suffer trauma.” Pastor Kim Do-hyun, director of KoRoot
    MUST READS:

    Finding Fernanda by Erin Seigal

    Profit, not care: The ugly side of overseas adoptions http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/profit-not-care-the-ugly-side-of-overseas-adoptions-2293198.html
    Adoption as Supply-and-Demand for Infertile Couples http://www.americanmamacita.com/blog/adoption-as-supply-and-demand-for-infertile-couples/
    Inside Ethiopia’s Adoption Boom http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304811304577368243366708110.html
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/profit-not-care-the-ugly-side-of-overseas-adoptions-2293198.html
    Orphaned or Stolen: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/schuster-institute-for-investigative-journalism/orphaned-or-stolen-the-us_b_825451.html
    Duped by Indian adoption agency, US family cautions couples. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Duped-by-Indian-adoption-agency-US-family-cautions-couples/articleshow/5964751.cms
    Read Julia Rollings story at: http://bittersweet-story.blogspot.com/
    The Lie We Love by E.J.Graff http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2008/12/11/the-lie-we-love
    Re China, read:
    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2012/06/17/344625/China-sentences.htm
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8939661/Chinese-police-rescue-178-children-after-mass-child-trafficking-ring-bust.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/nyregion/chinas-adoption-scandal-sends-chills-through-families-in-united-states.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2
    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/adoption-stories/200909/la-times-chinese-babies-stolen-foreign-adoption
    http://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/5824/
    http://ouradopt.com/adoption-blog/jan-2009/juliafuller/was-baby-you-adopted-china-stolen-or-purchased
    Re Ethiopia: http://familypreservation.blogspot.com/2010/05/must-see-video-news-report-about-child.html
    http://www.ethicanet.org/ethiopia-to-cut-foreign-adoptions-by-up-to-90-percent
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rani-hong/human-trafficking-prevention-month_b_1199395.html

  • George

    Seriously “Freddie” or should I say TROLL. I dont believe this article was talking about RR. Cant you find a new cause? RR post picture that for the most part are available to ANYONE who gets on the Russian database and find them. Good grief. The photo list is not the problem..it is the agency you issued an approved home study..which is different state to state. Target the correct people and get a life.

  • Kate

    That link to “prove” photo listing is illegal mentions photo listing exactly zero times.

  • Charrissa

    Freddie- is it illegal on US terms or merely international? Last I checked, I’m not a European and therefore do not abide by European laws or any other country for that matter. As for Serge … Wow! Didn’t know he was such a scary dude! I couldn’t tell that when he gave me a big ole’ hug and wished me well as we finished the meal he treated my husband and I to. Look Freddie, do yourself a favor, get off the computer and get a life. You’ll thank me later. :)

  • Lisa F

    Wow…I just read some of these blogs that you list above and I am amazed at how many families are doing the hard work of raising children with serious special needs. I was completely oblivious and had never even heard of Reece’s Rainbow. I don’t know if they are allowed to show pictures or not, but I could never speak ill of any of these families that you point out. They are really doing the work that Jesus calls us to do–to give up our lives for others. It shames me, really. I can’t imagine how it would change a person’s life to adopt even one child with Down Syndrome. But these families are doing it again and again. May God bless them!

  • David

    If that is the case then it is extremely sad and those parents should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, however, as an adoptive parent who is familiar with several of the orphanages in Eastern Europe, I can assure you that MANY children are dying from lack of proper care and nutrition and all of the children I have seen adopted by American couples have thrived. About every-other- week I hear of another child who has needlessly died, and if you had any idea of the emotional and physical neglect some of these orphans with special needs face in their orphanages you’d be sick.

  • David

    Question…can you share where you get your “fact” that 90% of orphans have family who are planning to reunite their family?? I mean, I’ll agree with you that many orphans have living parents, but the two who we are adopting were abandoned at birth because they had special needs. Neither child was ever visited by his parents, and I doubt that 9 and 12 years later their parents still have plans on reuniting with them. But still I’d love to see your source for this. I agree with you when it comes to healthy babies and toddlers–I would never adopt one for fear that the child was stolen or the parents were deceived. But there are so many children with special needs such as Down Syndrome, CP, blindness, etc. and there are families who aren’t just trying to “grow their family” because they can’t have babies, but because they value these children and want to give them a real mother and father rather than have them grow up their entire lives in an orphanage. Giving money to many of these institutions is not the solution…you’d have to first deal with their society’s view on the value of a human being who isn’t “perfect.” And countries try and try to have their own citizens adopt these children first…..it is WAY cheaper for their own citizens to adopt, but they shy away from the special needs children. So it is mostly American families who are taking them into their homes, and even though the child has to leave his own “ecosystem” (as if we were making a fish live in the forest) at least that child has a Mom and a Dad instead of caretakers who sometimes have to have the children’s names listed on the wall just to know who each child is. Please at least acknowledge the good that International Adoption does for many of the children with special needs. I really don’t think anyone is out there stealing them to market to American families.

  • Freddie

    Illegal according to Russian and ukranian and Serbian law. Period. 

    The folks 100% convinced that the ends justifies the means makes breaking the law ok scare the bejesus out of me. Do you think it’s right that families like this one pray that a Russian kid’s bio family won’t contest the adoption findingmartin.blogspot.com? That it is good for this family to pray that a Ukrainian bio mom who visits her child regularly in his orphanage and refuses to relinquish her rights bc she LOVES HER SON so they can get their grubby lil hands on this kid savenathaniel.blogspot.com? That the exceedingly, astronomically high disruption rate among RR families is good and something Jesus would be happy about??

    Is it really do terrible to want kids to stay with their bio families if they can, to want adoptive parents to be properly prepared and to be in a position that ensures the very best possible chance of success for every adopted kid out there??

    Charissa – Allegedly Scary Ole Serge may well have been nice to you…. But that does not prove he did not do bad, scary threatening things to others.  I know, I know, I’m a monster for hoping that ukranian adoption facilitators will not threaten, cajole, terrorize or threaten to harm either PAPs, PAPs who decline to use his services or other facilitators. I’m a terrible person for wanting families to know a U passport costs the princely sum of us$68 if paid directly vs us$500-1000 if purchased from Serge.

  • patricia corona

    If you think that my two children who were both raised in a Russian orphanage are not better off here with our family in America, you are very misinformed. The older one has had six crowns and three root canals because of the lack of protein in her diet from the day she arrived at that place – admitedly they said that the ‘babies’ get milk at all meals, but the ‘older’ (under three) children get one cup in the morning and have tea the rest of the time. My child’s teeth were very poorly formed – dentist said she doubted that there was even ONE cup of milk per day. The rest of their diet was pureed vegetables.
    The 2nd baby was left to linger, becoming more and more disabled each day because she had Cerebral Palsy. In her bed most of the day, she knew nothing of toys and would clutch at the bottle of water we had with us. She was fed nothing but bottles with milk and cereal and at certain times of the day, watered down fruit juice. Unable to walk, stand or even crawl properly, she languished in her crib, and even the Russian Judge admonished the director of the home for never having let her outside in her 20 months of existance. Within three days of our having her in Moscow, she actually stood up alone and took her first steps! They assured us there was nothing wrong with her, but we knew she wasn’t within the normal perameters of a 20 month old, having adopted before. At home she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and we were told that early intervention was so important!!! She has now been with us for a year, and other than slow speech and a slightly clumsy gait, this child is only about 6 months behind her peers! She understands everything and is just learning to speak, joining two to three words now and playing with her older sister. Because of her premature birth and lying down so much, her head is muffin shaped, but her hair is beginning to cover that as well. We were told that since she wasn’t considered ‘normal’, she would have lived her life with others who were also labled such and would never leave the ‘special’ orphanage – and her chances of adoption decreased with each passing day.
    We thank God for these two beautiful little girls who have enriched our lives, brought much joy and laughter and who – yes, I admit it – tire me out completely!! How different it would have been had they been left to those orphanages where keeping them alive seemed to be their only function.
    Why no adopt locally?? Here in the U.S.?? Because it has gotten to be such a terrible game – birth mother, birth father, all of their relatives get a little piece of them even after the adoption. And liberal judges can negate the adoption for two years or more and give these children back to those who abandoned them in the beginning!! I would have to leave the country with these babies if anyone tried to take them from me. Most of the kids here in foster homes have one or both parents who likely won’t allow them to be adopted – just keep them in foster homes until they feel like they want to take them back!! Sickening – let them go – let them be happy with someone who really wants them!! Do away with any chance that they will be taken away from the adoptive parents and given back to those who gave them up and you will see more and more local adoptions – I know we would have looked here at home had circumstances been different.
    But don’t put a spin on it about cultural lines, missing languages and estrangement from their homeland – Love can take care of all of these things. Be real – a toddler in a foreign orphanage is the same as one here at home – they need to have family to care for them, to care about them, to teach them about God, to educate them and to love them.

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  • Naya

    Frankie is a TROLL. That individual follows Reece’s Rainbow and tries to hurt that organization badly. That person wastes a lot of time. It is best to just ignore RR and not bother with them instead of putting so much effort into harming them.

    As for the adoption disruptions with RR, they have homed over 800 kids. There have been 13 disruptions. That isn’t bad. There are many disruptions every year everywhere. People disrupt an adoption because the adoption doesn’t work out. Sometimes the child abuses other children or the family can’t provide for the child’s needs. Wasatch Adoptions specializes in rehoming children. So there are MANY kids every year going through that. Don’t judge people.

    When it comes to photolistings, some countries actually allow that! HELLO FRANKIE! Bulgaria allows for photolistings. Russia has kids photolisted on some adoption sites. Ukraine does too. It’s true that Ukraine doesn’t give adoptive parents legal rights to a child until they arrive in the country and go through court. So kids can be adopted by others before a family can get there. Ukraine knows about RR and isn’t trying to stop them.

    Serbia doesn’t allow photolistings. RR had Serbian orphans listed on their site and took them down after Serbia changed their laws.

    Susanne Musser of http://www.theblessingofverity.com has helped MANY of those Pleven orphans get adopted. She isn’t doing anything wrong. The medical information isn’t something she can’t share. The kids need to be put out there so parents can come for them. Interested parents can learn more about those children if they ask.

    GET A LIFE FRANKIE!!!

  • Naya

    Nathaniel has hydrocephalus. He NEEDS surgery to get a shunt put in his head or his head will get so big it will explode. NOBODY is trying to get their “grubby” hands on him. His mother won’t relinquish her rights to him and won’t let him get surgery either. She is a selfish woman. She doesn’t want her son to get adopted by foreigners. She won’t let him get surgery. She is content to let him die in the orphanage.

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  • Nats

    Hello. I have been searching and searching for my family. But! I know
    this myself. But I had to search and search. But all the lies, all the
    stories they told me. is nothing but a lie. I have memories. of being in
    the Philippines when I was younger. I also have other memories. they
    can not hide it. cause I speak three languages. I also read and write in
    three languages. I found out that I already knew it. But they told me
    mommy died. an all this other things. I cried after finding out
    myself. But I also found out my condition too. I just feel alone. I been crying
    since finding out a lot of things. But I have given up. I am a singer
    and a songwriter. I am a business owner. of a Major International
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    Forgiveness, and Acceptance. after finding out the news myself. really
    got me upset. I had also had other things done to me. My song called Asian Mao. I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this. My song called Asian Mao. I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this. My song called Asian Mao. I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this.

  • Nats

    Hello. I have been searching and searching for my family. But! I know
    this myself. But I had to search and search. But all the lies, all the
    stories they told me. is nothing but a lie. I have memories. of being in
    the Philippines when I was younger. I also have other memories. they
    can not hide it. cause I speak three languages. I also read and write in
    three languages. I found out that I already knew it. But they told me
    mommy died. an all this other things. I cried after finding out
    myself. But I also found out my condition too. I just feel alone. I been crying
    since finding out a lot of things. But I have given up. I am a singer
    and a songwriter. I am a business owner. of a Major International
    Business. I am a On Air Radyo DJ and programmer. I came out with a
    program that is implemented in my Radyo Programs from healing, Guidance,
    Forgiveness, and Acceptance. after finding out the news myself. really
    got me upset. I had also had other things done to me. My song called Asian Mao. I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this. My song called Asian Mao. I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this. My song called Asian Mao. I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this.

  • Nats

    Hello. I have been searching and searching for my family. But! I know
    this myself. But I had to search and search. But all the lies, all the
    stories they told me. is nothing but a lie. I have memories. of being in
    the Philippines when I was younger. I also have other memories. they
    can not hide it. cause I speak three languages. I also read and write in
    three languages. I found out that I already knew it. But they told me
    mommy died. an all this other things. I cried after finding out
    myself. But I also found out my condition too. I just feel alone. I been crying
    since finding out a lot of things. But I have given up. I am a singer
    and a songwriter. I am a business owner. of a Major International
    Business. I am a On Air Radyo DJ and programmer. I came out with a
    program that is implemented in my Radyo Programs from healing, Guidance,
    Forgiveness, and Acceptance. after finding out the news myself. really
    got me upset. I had also had other things done to me. I did a song called Asian Mao. But I had Lost all Hope. I have the strength to
    move on. But I lost all hope. And I had totally given up. Everyone said.
    You have us. You have people who care. But. they also said they have
    money for me. I don’t want there money. they can keep it. they ruined my
    life. they got me ore upset more than any one can imagine. that is why I
    decided to pursue my career Like I was suppose to. until I got caught
    up in this. I am both Anti-Adoption as well as Anti-Trafficking. I am still upset. I
    have been crying. I have been harassed. and all this other things. I
    have given up a lot of things. I consulted many people. some of them
    lied. some of them had supported. But others were ignorant. I am very
    upset. they know I am upset. Everyone who listen to my program is
    getting upset. and they can tell. that I am. they are trying to say
    things that aren’t true. they don’t me. They saw a side of me that no
    one saw before. But they also saw the Filipino Japanese side of me. and I hate that they
    had to do this to me. they need to gain my trust. cause I said. I don’t
    want there money. They need to realize, It will come out of me one
    point or another. and they knew it.. I am due to come out with several
    music Videos. But I am also due to come out with a new album. I am just
    upset. I been crying. I been very Anti Adoption. and Anti Trafficking.

  • keiramartins

    It was nice reading this blog. Keep posting

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  • Mark Riley

    Ugandan Baseline Study May 2012. 85% of children in orphanages had living parents. Less than 40% of orphanages did any form of engagement with the birth families. International Adoption preferred by agencies, lawyers and orphanages over resettlement, kinship care and domestic adoption. Additionally many people believe that 100% HAVE living relatives but no-one ever bothered to check. Yes they really are being stolen and marketed, often to meet the demand and demographic of children that US families believe God has told them to adopt. Special needs children, in communities, being targeted by child ‘finders’ on the payroll of agencies and orphanages. Agencies setting up their own orphanages where only a handful of children will be internationally adopted… the others will be in long term institutional care. Agencies are fueling children in institutional care. Meanwhile, children who possibly could be adopted are ignored. The waiting list for Ugandans adopting is growing as there is NO MONEY in domestic adoption for orphanages, very little for lawyers and of course domestic solutions make adoption agencies redundant.

  • Mark Riley

    What are people doing to build capacity and services in-country so that families can look after special needs children? While I agree some may need an international solution I see almost nothing being invested in helping and equipping indigenous people to care for their own special needs children – there is NO money in that for adoption agencies. In March Reece Rainbow advertised on their facebook group a child with down syndrome, who was living with her family, for sale. Money was needed to get the child into an orphanage and then available for IA. When people in the Ugandan authorities saw this they were appalled. This is wrong, unethical and criminal according to the Children’s Act of Uganda. While I am sure that RR do some good work we can’t and should not ignore these appalling, illegal and completely disgraceful activities. And I am NOT a troll, not yet anyway.

  • Gravatar21

    http://thesearchformothermissing.blogspot.com/2013/04/about-adoption-truth-and-transparency_9.html For more discussion on International Adoption please join us (FB) Adoption Truth and Transparency Worldwide Network. **Raising global consciousness on the hidden side of adoption
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    **Offering preventative and alternative solutions for an industry currently in flux
    **Protecting vulnerable families from a lucrative industry that targets the child and abandons and exploits the mothers.

  • Mark Riley

    Then that is an issue with the internal judiciary system and processes which should force a relinquishment and also get the child the necessary surgery.

  • Gravatar21

    For anyone interested in women rights and human rights and would like to stop Adoption Trafficking go to: https://www.facebook.com/familiesagainstadoptiontrafficking?ref=hl A page dedicated to families, adopted people
    and adoptive parents who have concerns and complaints regarding adoption
    agencies and/or “professionals” who have interfered with the
    natural-born human right to know and have access to one’s own family go to: https://www.facebook.com/AdoptionComplaint?ref=hl

  • NAYA

    It is true that sometimes RR has listed children that were already adopted. They didn’t know that. They did reallocate grants to other children who were still waiting. The thing is, is that other agencies and charities list the same children. They get adopted, and other pages still have them listed. Reece’s Rainbow has had kids adopted through them who were still listed on other sites for months after being adopted through RR. I have contacted at least two of those groups and kindly told them those children were adopted through RR.

  • NAYA

    No, you are not trolling. I haven’t heard about that incident with Uganda.

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

    A Judge in San Antonio, TX, it seems that he is someone who likes little
    children, is requesting me to pay child support, when I am in this particular
    situation. What can I do?

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/adalberto-cervantes-rodriguez/how-did-oracle-steal-my-ideas/484337798305612

    I can not pay child support because I have these situations at this time.
    What do you want me to do?

  • Naya

    Uganda should have more foster care and domestic adoption. They should fund it somehow. They’d be wise to just have a few agencies to work with, so that there will be more checking up on these people. It is sad that int’l adoption has gone awry there. It isn’t fair to those Ugandan families who lose their children.

  • Naya

    What I mean is a few agencies for int’l adoption. I hope Uganda doesn’t shut down completely over the corruption going on. I want it still open for those who truly need int’l adoption.

  • fuzcapp

    Well derr America. Duh.

  • fuzcapp

    Well derr America. Duh.

  • Nidia Garcia

    How do you know that these kids were going to be reunited with their parents in their home country? When adopting a child there has to be papers signed obviously but those papers are more than likely always read and understood. There are legal ties binding these children to their adoptive parents so how can you be so sure that they do not care on what they are signing. How are the adoptive parents supposed to know that the child they are trying to adopt is being kidnapped and being sold to them. These future parents might not have the most information on how they are supposedly kidnapped children. The money could be spent on other things like you said but they are just trying to adopt a child that they believe should be adopted. Separating these children from their “ecosystems” does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. Why is adopting a child who could be in greater need, going into a stable home in another country frowned upon. The best interest of the child has to be in mind when adopting, there are of course many pre requisites to adopting so being pulled away across the ocean is not so much a bad thing.

  • Mirah Riben

    It’s a well known fact, reported by the United Nations. 90% is a round-up from 88.7. SOURCE: The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “Children on the brink 2004: a joint report of new orphan Estimates and a Framework for Action” data.unaids.org/Publications/External-Documents/unicef_childrenonthebrink2004_en.pdf

    Pro-adoptionists and those who profit from adoptions intentionally distort the statistics by labeling children “half orphans: and “social orphans” and using phrases like “partentless:” which no human being can possibly be…all in an effort to stir up sympathy and keep themselves in business. See: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Lies-Damned-Lies-Statist-by-Mirah-Riben-101209-205.html

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