Thursday, April 05, 2007
ROMANIA For Export Only
The untold story of the Romanian 'orphans' - Roelie Post
I have only just begun reading Roelie's book. I cannot wait to complete it to write a full review.
For now, I can say: This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in adoption or child welfare....especially anyone from one of the "importing" countries who is planning to adopt. It is "an insiders" view of the corruption and bureaucratic failures.
Those of us in the industrialized world who think adoption is a win-win way to 'save" and 'rescue" babies need to read this! Every movie star should be MADE to read it!
Romania needed to reform its child rights policy, as one of the conditions for its future EU Membership. Large ‘orphanages’ were closed and replaced by modern child protection alternatives.
The author kept a diary on her work for the European Commission that aimed to help Romania reform its child protection.
She soon found out that the intercountry adoption system in place was nothing short of a market for children, riddled by corruption. After international criticism this practice was halted temporarily. When redrafting laws, it became clear that in Romania’s reformed child protection there was neither place nor need for intercountry adoptions.
A ferocious lobby that wants to maintain intercountry adoptions stepped out.
The reader is taken along on an eight-year-travel, and will be shown the story of the Romanian ‘orphans’ from a different light, where global politics and private interests compete with the rights of the child.