The fate of 1,300 children adopted abroad, an enigma for the Romanian authorities

The fate of 1,300 children adopted abroad, an enigma for the Romanian authorities

International adoptions represented for Romanian children left in state orphanages, the only chance for a normal life. This is the opinion of journalists from the British daily "The Times" who argue in yesterday's electronic edition, that Romania's attitude to prohibit the placement of children abroad is justifiable in the short term.

On the other hand, the president of the Romanian Office for Adoptions (ORA), Theodora Bertzi, says that because of the permissive legislation, the Romanian authorities know nothing about the fate of 1300 children adopted by families outside the borders.

Journalists of the British daily "The Times" support Romania's attitude to ban international adoptions, only insofar as this decision is temporary.

They report that the lives of Romanian children from state orphanages have changed due to a huge international concern. Moreover, the journalists consider that following the international adoptions there has been a radical change of the laws regarding the welfare of children.

However, ORA President Theodora Bertzi told us that international adoptions were not the main catalyst for reforming the field of child protection. Moreover, according to the representative of the Romanian Office for Adoptions, the perpetuation of this procedure would come at the expense of the families of Romanians who want to adopt a child, considering that their number has increased twice compared to the number of small institutionalized ones.

Another argument by which the ORA president supports the decision of the Romanian authorities is that in most cases the persons interested in bringing in a Romanian child were not eligible in the country of origin.

The flexibility of the legislation made the fate of many children given for adoption abroad to represent an enigma for the Romanian authorities. "Of the approximately 11,000 children adopted by families from abroad, during the period 1997-2004, the authorities lost contact with 1300 children, whose fate is still unknown. About others we find more and more often that they have not adapted. to the new conditions imposed by life abroad, "concluded Theodora Bertzi.

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December 19, 2006