"Licensed adoption agency made mistakes"

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8 November 2007, AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government failed to supervise adoption agency Meiling and the agency itself also made mistakes, a spokesman for the Dutch Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.

8 November 2007

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch government failed to supervise adoption agency Meiling and the agency itself also made mistakes, a spokesman for the Dutch Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the ministry presented the results of two reports investigating the adoption of 50 Indian children conducted by the Meiling agency, licensed by the Dutch Justice Department. All adoptions took place between 1995 and 2002.

According to the report, Meiling did not check if the children put up for adoption qualified for adoption under Dutch law.

The agency also failed to report to the Justice Ministry that there might have been irregularities with a number of adoptions.

Late May, Dutch media reported that a total of 350 children adopted from the Indian orphanage Malaysian Social Services (MSS) by parents from other countries might have been wrongfully removed from their biological Indian parents.

Some 50 children were adopted by Dutch parents through legal channels, mediated by adoption agency Meiling, which works with a Dutch government license.

The news broke in May after a Dutch television programme reported Indian parents of a 6-year-old boy had filed a request with the Dutch authorities claiming their son had been wrongfully removed.

The boy had been subsequently put up for adoption by MMS and ultimately adopted by Dutch parents.

Meiling was the Dutch agency that coordinated the adoption, which was performed according to internationally recognised legal procedures.

Responding to the results of the reports investigating the adoptions, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin said he would improve the supervision of international adoption.

He added he wanted to prevent the wrongful removal of children adopted through agencies recognised and licensed by the Dutch authorities.

Hirsch Ballin said agencies would have to meet more conditions before receiving a license. He also wants better and more intensive cooperation with foreign authorities prior to adoptions.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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