City anchor: Cloud over inter-country adoption at CARA meet

A woman whose daughter was forcibly taken away in 2009 in Hyderabad and sent abroad to be adopted, and whom the mother is yet to see; a child taken away by adoptive parents abroad who had to shift from one foster home to the other until she was deported as an adult after her papers were found incomplete; and several mothers still hunting for their children 'missing abroad'.

These were some of the tales that unfolded at a two-day meet organised by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) in the Capital. The meet, attended by representatives of agencies fighting for rights of children, including Sakhee from Pune, concluded on Wednesday.

Several agencies were of the opinion that inter-country adoptions should stop.

One of those who spoke at the meet was Fatima, a divorcee from Andhra Pradesh. She said she delivered her daughter at an adoption agency in Hyderabad and the agency demanded Rs 10,000 from her for the delivery. Fatima, who worked as a maid, could not afford the amount and was asked to pay later. When she could not, the agency forcibly took the baby away. Repeated attempts by Fatima to reclaim her baby failed and when she persisted, she was threatened with police action. Later, she came to know her daughter had been given away for adoption in another country. She is yet to get her child back.

Several others at the meet also talked about losing children to inter-country adoption in similar circumstances.

Anjali Pawar of Sakhee, who highlighted cases from Pune at the forum, said, "There are several such parents looking for children given for inter-country adoption. Across the country, we have had several parents who have come forward and expressed concern. We demand a detailed international criminal investigation into the cases.''

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