Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Liberian Adoptions Temporarily Stopped

1/27/09

Excerpt from the President of Liberia's State of the Union Address delivered last night.

The gross mismanagement of the adoption program (which aims primarily at placing orphans in homes in the

United States), by both Liberian and U.S. personnel in the concerned NGO is the subject of a report by a Special Committee which I appointed for this purpose. Essentially, we have discovered that many of the children in these orphanages are not in fact orphans but children taken from their living parents on the promise of support and a good life in America. Moreover, we found that young children were being sexually abused at some of these orphanages, while others including officials of government, have used the program to extort money from potential adoptors. We have thus suspended the adoption program until laws, policies and proper guidelines have been established and we have asked our concerned friends and partners in the United States to be patient as we try to correct the serious malpractices which exist. We expect the National Social Welfare Policy and National Adoption Act which will be submitted to you during the course of the year, will provide guidance and prevent such abuses in the future.

2 comments:

Bob, Carie, Taylor, Opie and Friday said...

My heart breaks for all those who have their kids still in Liberia, we all know these holds are hard! When this will be resolved no one knows....a month...a year? Many tears are falling!

Valerie said...

I feel so very lucky. I know there is misconduct as I personally question some things in my own adoption and know of others in those of my friends, but that does not make it any easier and if I were waiting to bring Akins home I would be completely distraught. Thinking of all of those waiting!

Valerie