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Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Programme Report of Mission to Nepal, 23-27 November 2009, Jennifer Degeling, February 4, 2010.

The Hague Conference on Private International Law has recently released a report on its Intercountry Adoption Technical Assistance Program, based on a visit by the Hague delegate to Nepal in November 2010. This report is based on an independent analysis of Nepal’s inter-country adoption system under its new Terms and Conditions 2008. The report details a number of weaknesses in Nepal’s current system, including the falsification of documents, improper financial gain and lack of a child protection system.

“Adopting: the rights of the child; A study on intercountry adoption and its influence on child protection in Nepal,” UNICEF and the Terre des hommes Foundation, 2008.

Report concludes that many children living in Nepal’s orphanages, children’s homes and other institutions are not able to fully enjoy their basic rights: the right to a family, to identity, to freedom from physical abuse, and freedom of movement. While some child care centers provide adequate essential support, others deny a wide range of rights, which can have lasting effects on the children’s lives. Finds that most children in institutions surveyed have living relatives from whom they have been separated. Reports on abuses, including kidnapping and baby-buying, coercion of parents, bribery, and trafficking. Finds that intercountry adoption is rife with abuses, and isn’t conducted for the children’s welfare. Suggests improved systems.

NOTE: This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. For the systemic analysis of corruption in international adoption, please read “The Lie We Love,” Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008, and visit our webpages dedicated to international adoption. For ideas about fairer policy solutions, please read “The Baby Business,” Democracy Journal, Summer 2010.

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