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Tuesday, 4 January, 2005

Overseas adoption unsuitable for tsunami orphans

Adoption groups are advising it is unlikely children orphaned by the Asian tsunami disaster would be repatriated to Australia.
Agencies including Centrelink and support groups in the ACT have received calls and emails from people wishing to adopt victims of the earthquake event.
Julia Rollings, from the Adoptive Families Association, says it is often inappropriate for children affected by war and natural disaster to be adopted overseas.
She says the inquiries are well-meaning but are often unrealistic, especially in the short-term.
"Inter-country adoption is only appropriate for children who can't be placed in a suitable family within the country of origin," she said.
"So there's a lot of steps that have to be taken first before they decide that inter-country adoption is appropriate for any of these orphans."
Unicef Australia chief executive Carolyn Hardy says her organisation will not support or encourage inter-country adoptions.
"We believe children are best left where they are in environments that are familiar to them, in a culture that's familiar to them, speaking a language that they know, and in the schools that they're already going to," she said.
"To uplift them out of their country to Australia or anywhere else would be an absolute last resort."

Source: ABC News, Australia
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Anonymous Anonymous said :


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Tue Jan 04, 04:59:00 PM IST  
Blogger claraip said :

1. Did the Adoptive Families Association try to send the orphans to overseas who are affected by the natural disasters or war before?

2. Why does the Association think that it is good for sending the children overseas?

Please answer my questions~! Thanks a lots!

Tue Jan 04, 05:35:00 PM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 05:35:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I believe these Children have been traumatized enough, to uproot them from their own Country would only add to their trauma. I think these Children would be better off to stay in their home land where everything is familiar, well.... more familiar then being in a strange Home in a strange Country, with strangers that don't even speak their language.
I pray everyday that these people who have had to endure so much, be given as much help as the world can afford. I do not mean Millions of Dollars, I am talking Billions of dollars. They Need all the help they can get, I would rather have my Tax Dollars go to these people to try to save lives, then to go into a war effort that takes lives. I ask God to "Bless" each and everyone of the Victims and help them to find peace in their hearts.

God Bless all that are working around the clock to save these devastated people of Asia.

Tue Jan 04, 05:37:00 PM IST  
Blogger Steve-USA said :

I think the traumatization these children suffer by being moved depends almost entirely on their age. A child of one or two would endure much less severe, if any at all, negative and detrimental side effects of adoption.

I also agree that, even though I myself would be considered somewhat Christian based in my beliefs, that missionaries should NOT take this opportunity to proselytize and convert these people at their most vulnerable. Religions all have decent messages and are all true and right in their own sense and way, however your motivation should not be to help them with what you think best suits their needs, but rather with what is obvious that they desire and need, which are the basic necessities of food, water, housing, jobs and a normal life again.

Tue Jan 04, 08:24:00 PM IST  
Blogger Mufasa said :

Younger children adapt easily, and can even pick up new languages a lot faster than adults.

However, the real concern with overseas adoption is potential for abuse and lack of a support network. NPR reported Indonesia has banned adoptions altogether at this early stage of the relief effort. A relief worker cited cases of children being preyed upon by illegal rackets.

May God protect the orphans from all of the sick elements in the world.

Tue Jan 04, 10:03:00 PM IST  
Blogger Mufasa said :

An article on another unfortunate aspect of this tragedy: Grieving parents abducting tsunami orphans.

Tue Jan 04, 10:17:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

can these children be adopted in india with indian families they would feel very much at home with a familyand young children of there age group.

Tue Jan 04, 10:28:00 PM IST  
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Tue Jan 04, 11:02:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

I think the children in Indonesia could still be adopted in neighbouring countries like Malaysia or Singapore, where the language and to a certain extent, cultural barriers aren't too distinct.

Being a Muslim, I'm sensitive to the idea of non-Muslims adopting Muslim children. Of course humanitarian concerns are very important but I'm also mindful of their spiritual well being. Therefore, the people of the neighbouring countries should have first option if adoption becomes a reality.

That said, I agree that all efforts should be in securing their futures in their own country. They may have relatives in other parts of the country, although not all may be able to afford to adopt these orphans. However, Indonesia still has a sizable population who can afford and willing to adopt these children.

Wed Jan 05, 03:50:00 AM IST  
Blogger Steve-USA said :

I agree pretty much with the comment just above mine. However I am curious if Muslims in general would oppose Non Muslims adopting these orphaned children if and when they are the only people available to adopt some of these suffering children, or would they rather be seen remaining in orphanages throughout the entirety of their childhood? Im not trying to instigage or be accusatory, but I believe people place religion above the well being of these children, simply because they equate religion WITH the well being of the children. Its one thing for a 10 year old child, accustomed to the culture and religion of his country and his family traditions, to be adopted by someone who is seemingly worlds away, but one must differentiate a 10 year old from a 1 or 2 year old, who we can all pretty honestly say, has not developed an association with a particular culture, religion, or way of life, at least not to the extent of a 10 year old. I think adoptions should be open to all, with priority given not to who is adopting the child, but what would be the best situation FOR the adopted child. Older children should be given priority to remain with what is as normal to them as possible. With younger children its not so critical, therefore if children are left without a family to take them in, then the opportunity for a loving, stable and uplifting home in the West to take them in as if they were their own, should be provided.

Sun Jan 09, 03:54:00 AM IST