“This doesn’t mean I am calling adoption into question; this is an institutionYoka said that the Republic of Congo is checking into the welfare of the Congolese children who currently are in Spain by writing to the foreign minister inquiring about what has happened to these children.
fixed by family law in Congo. I have a responsibility to ensure that in any case
only the interests of the adoptee are taken into consideration in the adoption
Roger Bouka Owoko, the executive director of a human rights group in Congo, L’Observatoire Congolaise des Droits de l’Homme, commented that there is a lot of complicity and bungling in international adoption where adoption procedures often are not followed.
Marie-Claude Arnauld, a representative of a French adoption association, Childhood and Adoptive Families, expressed concern about the decision to suspend adoptions because some families are well into the process of adopting: “These families already know the children, and have their photos and details about them. For these families it’s going to be a tragedy.”
Anger at Chad ‘abduction’ fiasco may shut door on Africa adoptions, TimesOnline, November 3, 2007
Chad Arrests Prompt Suspension of International Child Adoption, UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, allAfrica.com, November 1, 2007
Republic of Congo suspends international adoptions following Chad scandal, International Herald Tribune, November 1, 2007