Child's Death Causes
Portland to Review Foreign Adoption Rules
Digital Journal, 1st
Many people look to
adoptions out of state, where other families seek to regain custody of
children in the United States. But when a child is killed or abused,
this brings new concerns about placement of children where communication
In 2005 a child was
killed in Mexico after being sent there where her aunt and uncle,
selected by Oregon authorities, were given custody. Instead the child
was abused for months, then murdered in June of 2005. This happened even
as teachers of the child, named Adriana, reportedly were calling social
workers but couldn't get them to act. The social workers had been
relying on updates about the child's progress from telephone calls with
Mexican authorities and the aunt and uncle who were found to be the
abusers who killed the Adriana.
This incident caused
Oregon to take a second look at the way foreign adoptions are done. A
moratorium earlier in the year has just been lifted even as new rules
are being implemented to assure the safety of foster children, according
to a report in the Portland Oregonian on New Year's Eve.
Oregon is not alone in
worrying about foreign adoptions and the time and distance as a problem
that interferes with good communication and follow-up. Foreign adoptions
of Russian children have been popular for a number of years, but these
slowed down because of poor communication and issues with licensing of
various agencies even as there were reports of adopted children who were
abused or killed.
Since 1990, when
Russian adoptions were made open to foreigners, 13 children have been
murdered, 12 of those have been within the United States. This has
caused the Russian Education Ministry, which oversees the adoption of
Russian children by foreigners, to be increasingly careful in
scrutinizing foreign adoptions.
In 2003 USA Today had a
report on the status of foreign adoptions reviewing some of the problems
involved. Some of the problems include babies that have been stolen from
natural parents then sold to adopting ones, long delays in procedures
and bureaucratic snafus of various kinds.
Even as Oregon is
tightening the rules on foreign adoptions, recognizing there are
children taken from the United States abroad and children brought into
the state, all of whom need to be supervised, foreign adoption by
Americans is reported to be at its lowest level since 1996 according to
a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
This is said to
discourage adoption advocates who recognize folks continue to be
interested in foreign adoptions. The problem, the report goes on to say,
appears to be corruption and neglect in some of the host countries where
children are waiting.
without families continue to wait for someone to provide them a home,
even as the complications continue from incidences of abuse, neglect and
death that produce increasing bureaucracy. In the meantime Oregon is
putting together new rules and procedures to protect children in what
authorities declare they hope will be a fair and reasonable way.
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