Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam need tighteradoption rules, says German NGO

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16 September 2004 , BERLIN - In a name and shame exercise, a German NGO on Thursday listed eight countries which is said were failing to abide by tighter rules agreed to protect children being put up for adoption. The children's charity "terre des hommes" called on the German government to increase diplomatic efforts to win signature and ratification by all countries of The Hague Convention for Children's Rights. The eight countries are: Ethiopia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nepal, Ukraine and Vietnam as wel

16 September 2004

BERLIN - In a name and shame exercise, a German NGO on Thursday listed eight countries which is said were failing to abide by tighter rules agreed to protect children being put up for adoption.

The children's charity "terre des hommes" called on the German government to increase diplomatic efforts to win signature and ratification by all countries of The Hague Convention for Children's Rights.

The eight countries are: Ethiopia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nepal, Ukraine and Vietnam as well as of Russia which signed convention in 2000 and has failed to ratify it.

The Convention is "a milestone in the definition of standards by which adoption agencies should work ...," said Bernd Wacker, a terre des hommes, adoption expert.

Wacker said that while most potential adoption parents want younger children - mostly healthy babies - a point often overlooked was the age of the parents themselves.

"It is better to have a young adoptive couple - ranging between the ages of 25 and 40, rather than a couple that could biologically be grandparents," he stressed.

Terre des Hommes said 30 to 40 percent of the estimated 750 overseas adoption made in Germany each year are not overseen by state authorities.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is 60, recently adopted a three-year-old daughter from Russia with his wife Doris who is 41.

Wolf-Christian Ramm, spokesman for terre des hommes, told reporters that due to a Hamburg court injunction: "The adoption by the Schroeder couple can not be mentioned."

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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