Romanian 'orphans'

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The untold story of the Romanian 'orphans' - Roelie Post

Romania needed to reform its child rights policy, as one of the conditions for its future EU Membership. Large ‘orphanages’ were closed and replaced by modern child protection alternatives.

The author kept a diary on her work for the European Commission that aimed to help Romania reform its child protection.

She soon found out that the intercountry adoption system in place was nothing short of a market for children, riddled by corruption. After international criticism this practice was halted temporarily. When redrafting laws, it became clear that in Romania’s reformed child protection there was neither place nor need for intercountry adoptions.

A ferocious lobby that wants to maintain intercountry adoptions stepped out.

The reader is taken along on an eight-year-travel, and will be shown the story of the Romanian ‘orphans’ from a different light, where global politics and private interests compete with the rights of the child.

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     Believing in child adoption requires know all about it, all what goes beside it and that is why the book “ for Export Only” written by Roelie Post is so important.  
     It is well-known the Russian mafias used to sell children for these prices and prostitution networks found it safer to use the “international adoption” system, which has the advantage of enabling to “buy” the name of the children. This is why prices of some adoptions have raised.
     Loving and raising children is a blessing, but it does not require stealing their names, whereas they are at ages they don’t have the choice, whereas prostitution networks use the system for the benefit.
     I personally always wanted to adopt half a dozen children, but changed my mind when I realised what it involved. Banning international adoption does not mean banning people from raising children whose parents cannot take care of them, but banning to change the name of a child, giving him or her, the choice to do so at adulthood. If it can save ONE child from prostitution, it is enough to change the law.
     I can assure that fighting child trade (what includes the child adoption system), is a very dangerous job, for having personally received constant threats, mainly by so-called “child protection charities”. I also escaped three murder attempts and one of our colleagues was murdered.  Not to remind that three days ago, our website, which hosted the database on a main European network (Zandvoort – 90.081 victims), has been destroyed illegally, following a scandal broken out by the Romanian press, which we reported in the rest of Europe.
Ms. Roelie POST worked at the European Commission’s DG Enlargement, Romania Team.

She had been dealing with the issue of Children's rights and Minority Rights. This work involved the monitoring of these issues in the framework of Romania's accession to the European Union.
Also the programming of pre-accession assistance, the Phare Programme, on these issues was part of her tasks.

Roelie was in charge of street children in Romania.

According to Roelie Post, children are still too often put in care institutions without investigating the cause. Child protection is the responsibility of the States and their social systems, which are currently not responding sufficiently to the necessary requirements.

Summary Report on the Symposium on Street children and youth as a priority of the EUs social inclusion policy for the new
Member States in Central and Eastern Europe organised by the European Foundation for Street Children Worldwide (EFSCW) on
9-10 December 2004, Brussels.