Justice

Coverup of State Facilitated Illegal Intercountry Adoptions

The Netherlands continue to coverup State facilitated illegal intercountry adoption. Dutch Lawmakers should hold their Justice Minister accountable for a deceitful adoption inquiry, commissioned by the State Committee investigating illegal intercountry adoption and the role of the State. For more information (DUTCH ONLY), click here.

INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION AND THE RIGHT TO IDENTITY: THE APPLICATION OF THE SUBSIDIARITY PRINCIPLE IN BRAZIL

10 August 2019 – LLM Thesis defended by Patrick Noordoven for the School of Law, University of Brasília, as per prerequisite to obtain the Masters in Law title. «This Thesis is dedicated to all persons who are deprived of their right to identity through intercountry adoption. You all deserve access to your origins, as recognized …

Dutch government to investigate the role of the State in respect to illegal intercountry adoptions

6 December 2018 – After years of demanding information from the Dutch State about illegal intercountry adoption practices from Brazil, the Justice Minister sent a letter to parliament in which the government announces to instigate an external committee to investigate illegal intercountry adoption in the past. The committee’s mandate comprises the facts and the role …

Adoption Initiative Conference 2016

On Friday 10 June our founder Patrick Noordoven gave a presentation at the 9th Biennial Adoption Conference “Myth and Reality in Adoption: Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned” at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. He contributed to the conference track ‘Adoption Policy and Practice’ and focused his presentation on the topic of “The …

Radio report: Illegally adopted Brazilians search for their roots

Since the 1970’s, many children from developing countries have been adopted by people from abroad, some of them illegally. In Brazil, foreign adoptions peaked in the 1980s. Those babies are now adults, and many are trying to find their biological families in Brazil. Radio reporter Katy Sherriff accompanied Louisa on her quest to discover her …

State involvement, intermediaries and financial gain

Dutch TV report “Achter het Nieuws” 22 February 1982 – Cathia Seeder provides an insight in the illegal adoption procedure and denounces the involvement of the Dutch State in the illegal adoption cases. Seeder later confessed to being “auxiliary complicit” to the deprivation of the right to identity in Dutch, West-German, Swedish and US-American illegal …

NGO Event ‘Right to Identity’

On 10 February, a Swiss lawyer, a Brazilian Human Rights advocate and a Documentary Filmmaker from the US shared their experiences about the Right to Identity. Read more about the event here.