Since Vietnam and the US sigened a Memorandum of Understanding in 2005 to re-open adoptions (suspended since 2002 because of corruption), the number of adoptable 'oprhans had exploded. Now why was that?
- obligatory donations (= MONEY) of adoption agencies to orphanges
- in return for these donations children needed to be given
Hence the demand created the offer. Just like the Romanian 'point system'.
As a result:
the children's background often got faked
parents were paid to place their children in orphanages
parents were told their child would return home at a certain age, or will send them money from the US
children were picked up from the streets by 'child finders; and, against money, handed to orphanages
The advertisements placed to locate the parents, were done in such a way that it was rather unlikely for the parents to see
maternity homes had links with orphanages and paid for children
when mothers could not pay a hospital bill, their child would go for adoption
The same story all over again. Similar stories, or some of the elements, could be found in Romania, and can be found in Guatemala, China, Ethiopia and other countries were children can be found for adoption.
Children are not 'waiting' to be adopted, they are not abandoned and in need to be rescued. No, they are 'found' and declared abandoned, because of the demand for adoption.
The countries that adopt from Vietnam: Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and last but not least: the US.
AP Exclusive: US report alleges baby-selling, corruption in adoptions from Vietnam
A summary of the US report can be read on the US Embassy's website