Dutch people adopt fewer children from abroad

The number of children adopted by Dutch people from abroad continues to fall. In 2018, 156 adopted children found a home in the Netherlands, while there were 210 in 2017.


The number of children adopted by Dutch people from abroad continues to fall. In 2018, 156 adopted children found a home in the Netherlands, while there were 210 in 2017.

In a few years, the number of foreign adopted children has halved, Trouw reports on Thursday

The number of Dutch people who want to adopt a child is also falling. In 2018, 352 Dutch people wanted this, while in 2017 about 450 people were willing.

Emeritus professor René Hoksbergen, specialized in adoption, says in the newspaper that the figures are no surprise to him. "The number of adoptions from abroad has been falling worldwide for years. And that can be easily explained. For example, because modern reproduction techniques have improved."

He mentions the high effectiveness of IVF treatments as an example. "The chance of having a child with IVF used to be a third. Now there is a chance of 70 percent."

Negative media coverage plays a role

Negative reporting on foreign adoptions also plays a role, according to Hoksbergen. He mentions more examples. "That things turn out to be incorrect in a documentation. That twins turn out not to be twins, the age is not right at all or that the biological parents did not want to give the child up for adoption at all, but that there were financial reasons behind it", he up.

In addition, many countries are now doing better economically. "Countries like South Korea, India and China are more prosperous and domestic adoption has become much more important there."

"A shame that children from the US must come to the Netherlands"

Hoksbergen himself argues for a further reduction of foreign adoptions. "The impact of an adoption is huge and despite the fact that there are very good adoptive parents, you remove a child from a gutter part of his or her identity. It is a shame that children from the United States, for example, have to come to the Netherlands."

He thinks the number of foreign adoptions will be around one hundred next year. Despite his satisfaction with the decrease in the number of adoptions, he does not advocate a complete stop. "There are always children for whom the provisions in their home country are absolutely inadequate. For them, the chance of foreign adoption is very good."

Yvonne van den Brink of the Adoption Facilities Foundation nuances Hoksbergen's statements. "With current adoptions, it is primarily children who need special care. Adoptions from the United States stem in part from the rule that the biological mother can decide where the child is going. goes abroad, then you have to listen to it. "

REF: https://www.nu.nl/binnenland/5795736/nederlanders-adopteren-minder-kinderen-uit-het-buitenland.html

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