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US suspends Nepali adoption

In an attempt at protecting rights and interests of children, their families and prospective adoptive parents, the US government has suspended adoptions of abandoned children from Nepal.

world Updated: Aug 07, 2010 22:55 IST
Utpal Parashar

In an attempt at protecting rights and interests of children, their families and prospective adoptive parents, the US government has suspended adoptions of abandoned children from Nepal.

The move follows revelations that documents presented to describe and ‘prove’ abandonment of children are unreliable and documents like birth certificates are often fabricated.

A release issued by the US Embassy in Kathmandu mentions of refusal by orphanages and police to cooperate in verifying details of children who are claimed to have been abandoned.

“In one case, the birth parents were actively searching for a child who had been matched with an American family for adoption,” it stated.

In February, The Hague Conference on International Private Law, an international body than governs adoptions between countries, had recommended suspension of adoptions from Nepal.

Investigation by the body had allegedly found that some children from far-flung areas of Nepal were falsely termed as orphans before they were put up for adoptions without their parents’ knowledge.

In following weeks and months, nations like Spain, Italy, Germany and France had suspended adoptions from Nepal.