Norway Halts International Adoptions Amid Allegations of Illegal Practices
Norway has temporarily suspended international adoptions from the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea following reports of potentially illegal practices in the adoption process. The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs revealed that an investigation is underway to scrutinize alleged cases of document forgery and illegal adoptions.
Families already in the process of adopting from the Philippines, Thailand, or Taiwan will be allowed to complete the adoption process, subject to a thorough assessment by the agency. Similarly, couples approved for adoption from South Korea, even if not yet matched with a child, will be permitted to proceed.
The directorate emphasized the need to ensure the legal security of adopted children in the wake of media reports concerning the alleged sale of children and the issuance of false birth certificates in the Philippines.
Norway has recently been proactive in investigating potential wrongdoing in international adoption, having previously suspended adoptions from Madagascar for similar reasons. This move aligns with international principles for adoption, emphasizing the importance of respecting proper procedures and ethical practices and the best interests of the children involved. The decision also echoes a broader trend, with Denmark’s only overseas adoption agency recently halting services due to concerns over fake documents.
As the investigation unfolds, families in the middle of the adoption process and adoption agencies await further guidance. The goal is to guarantee the safety, soundness, and best interests of the children involved in international adoptions.
Hannah Kim For The Teen Times
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