The EU #UnitedforSorina

We are following since a few weeks the public outcry in Romania: United for Sorina.

It is dramatic. An 8-year-old girl removed by Police forces from her foster family because she was adopted by a Romanian family living in the US. They paid 30.000 dollars to the American adoption agency.

The girl is still in Romania…

We hold the EU responsible for this drama.

Intercountry adoption became a hot issue for the European Commission in the year 2000.

Adoption laws to give children stability

New adoption laws, the first of their type in Australia, have been passed in NSW.

New adoption laws that mean children must be considered for adoption before being placed into temporary foster care, have been passed in NSW.

In the first legislation of its type to be passed in Australia, child protection authorities will now be required to investigate putting vulnerable children, aged under 18, up for adoption before the option of temporary fostering is considered.

The rule would apply only in cases where courts have ordered the child cannot return to his or her family until the age of 18.

Mom charged in adopted daughter’s murder says she ‘wanted her to go away’

Adoptive Mother Charged in Teen's Murder Testifies

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. -- A mother charged in the death of her adopted 14-year-old daughter gave chilling testimony Wednesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Sara Packer took the stand against Jacob Sullivan, 46, smirking as she told jurors that she hated her daughter, Grace, saying "Grace has become, for the lack of a better term, a non-entity. I wanted her to go away."

Adopted girl's remains found in attic after chilling phone call

Abusers job or title:: Adoptive Parents

A married couple has been arrested after the remains of a little girl were recovered in an attic of a home that burned down.

The grisly discovery was made days after an 11-year-old girl called police on January 20 and said she was home alone.

When police responded, they found evidence of child abuse and the Arizona Department of Child Safety removed the girl from the home.

Abuser Name or Alias:: Rafael and Maribel Loera
Abusers Organisation:: Arizona Department of Child Safety
Type of Abuse:: Neglect, Death, Medical neglect
Matter Resolved?: Ongoing

Baby died in care of foster father who adopted 15 kids

Editors notes: Baby died in care of gay foster father who adopted 15 kids. Husband is Stephen Ham.
Abusers job or title:: Gay Fostercarers with 15 children and an infant.

Phoenix. Multiple parents are grieving the loss of 4-month-old Samora Cousin. The infant girl died in the backseat of a van Tuesday afternoon, according to Phoenix police.

She was in the care of a foster parent who told officers he picked up the baby for an appointment and forgot to drop her off again before returning to work at the Washington Elementary School District Service Center, where he was a supervisor.

Abuser Name or Alias:: Roger Ham - had 15 adopted children in his [care].
Abusers Organisation:: Arizona Child Protective Services
Type of Abuse:: Physical, Neglect, Death, Medical neglect

Latvia complains to UK parliament over forced adoptions

Letter to speaker centres on case of six-year-old in London removed from her Latvian mother after claims of neglect and says social services breached international law

Latvia’s parliament has formally complained to the House of Commons that children of Latvian descent are being illegally and forcibly adopted by British families.

DCS releases statement on child abuse case where an adopted child's bones were found in Phoenix home

Abusers job or title:: Adoptive parents

Why did it take a child's death to reveal adoption system failings?

Abusers job or title:: Adoptive Father

The case of Elsie Scully-Hicks highlights inadequate levels of scrutiny that social workers have long known need reform

Undated family photo of Elsie Scully-Hicks

Our adoption system is failing children. The review into the death of Elsie Scully-Hicks identified important lessons for professionals involved in protecting children. But it does not go far enough: it misses a number of fundamental flaws in the system that were evident before her death. These flaws can lead to vulnerable children being rushed into unsuitable adoptions, and then pushed back into care once the adoption breaks down.

This should not be news to social workers, adopters or foster carers. But there is a culture of unquestioned optimism and inadequate scrutiny of decision-making through the process that can be disastrous. Indeed, it should be no surprise to anyone working in the system that one theme of the review was that, with the benefit of hindsight, professionals were excessively positive about Elsie’s adoptive placement.

Type of Abuse:: Death

'I was stolen from my mother': The deeply disturbing truth about forced adoption

Forced apart: Winona has been reunited with the mother who gave her awayWinona was told her mother didn't love her  -  and was handed to another family. Nine years later, they were reunited via Facebook. But forced adoption is happening on a scandalously regular basis.

On a sunny station ­platform in a pretty Cornish town this summer, holidaymakers may have witnessed a touching, but at first glance unremarkable, scene.  A mother and teenage son were ­nervously watching a train pull onto the platform, scanning the emerging crowd for the face of a loved one. Had she missed her train? Had they got the right time?  And finally, there she was: a pretty, petite 16-year-old, peering furtively through her fringe. Suddenly the boy broke away with a whoop. ‘It’s her!’ 

The three immediately became tangled in a hug, babbling, crying, their words tripping over each other. ‘You’ve grown so much!’ ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe you are here!’

Forced apart: Winona has been reunited with Tracey - the mother who [allegedly] gave her away.

Starved adopted teen dead, found in diaper on linoleum floor, records reveal