02 Oct 2017

Want to adopt a child? Slovakia has unwanted Roma for you

Children who are put up for international adoption are considered "unadoptable" in Slovakia. And all of them are Roma.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Want to adopt a child? Slovakia has unwanted Roma for you - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

About 60 orphans in Slovakia each year are put up for adoption by foreigners. It is usually their last chance to grow up in a family.

Why are all of themRoma children? No one knows.

The information about Roma-only international adoptions was published on Facebook by opposition politician Natália Blahová. She said it was racism at its best.

The head of the Slovak Center for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth, Andrea Císarová, confirmed Blahová's claim.

Children who are put up for international adoption are considered "unadoptable" in Slovakia. And all of them are Roma children.

Does it have anything to do with the fact that the majority of children in foster care are Roma? Or is it because Slovaks refuse to adopt Roma children? Whatever the root cause of this situation is, the racism argument is not easy to take off the table. 

Details from the story:

  • After two or three years of trying to find a new Slovak family for children in foster care, they can be forwarded to the Center for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth for international adoption.
  • All these children (around 60 per year) are Roma children.
  • About 60 percent of children in foster care are Roma.
  • Slovak children can be adopted by people in Malta, the Netherlands, Andorra, San Marino and Monaco.

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