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October 16, 2021

Adoption Office suggests lifting some inter-country adoption restrictions

The Romanian Office for Adoptions has suggested the lifting of selected restrictions on inter-country adoptions and is now waiting for the Government and Parliament’s approval, Secretary of State Bogdan Panait told Radio France Internationale on Tuesday. Panait explained that the intention was to allow both the 4th closest relative and mixed families living abroad to adopt Romanian children. ‘Currently, a child may be adopted by up to the 3rd closest relative. We want to allow 4th closest relatives as well as Romanian citizens married to foreign citizens to adopt Romanian children’, Panait said. Asked to say what chances of the success the initiative had, B. Panait said it was ‘a proposal made by the Office’.

‘Of course it will go through the sanctioning process when things are to become clearer but, for now, this is the proposal we have made by starting from existing and often controversial situations on the edge of the law which we wish to eliminate by perfectly legal and normal solutions for both family and child’, Panait also said.

The Petitions Committee of the European Parliament on Tuesday closed the petition filed by Marco Griffini on behalf of the ‘Amici dei Bambini’ Association on Romania’s observance of international conventions on the rights of the child. Attending the Committee debates on Monday, the petitioner criticised the Romanian adoption legislation, claiming it violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption concluded in 1993.

Tuesday’s decision is a success for the three Romanian MEPs who took a firm position against the petition – Victor Bostinaru (S&D/PSD), Elena Basescu (PPE/PDL) and Adina Valean (ALDE/PNL) – and who, in their respective interventions, insisted on the fact that the Romanian law and the moratorium on adoptions had not violated and were still not violating any international or European instrument.

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