9th Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services

This conference was news to me. I have to take issue with the statement made that "adoptees, and the adoptive parents, as well as adoption institutions, agencies and caregivers play a significant role in societal growth and development." Who’s societal growth and development are they referring to? The Philippines, or the receiving countries? It reminds me of Sara Dorow’s book, Transnational Adoption: A Cultural Economy of Race, Gender and Kinship.

Dorow writes,

"Client," "ambassador," and "gift" have the effect of characterizing adoption exchange as a service-oriented practice that, through the figure of the child [or adult adoptee], facilitates meaningful relationships among nations and peoples. (my words in brackets)

Read my take on this.

Cabral: Adoption offers hope for abandoned kids
Inquirer
Last updated 09:09pm (Mla time) 09/20/2007

ADOPTION will help save the lives of abused, neglected and abandoned children and laws have been passed to hold the welfare and the best interest of the child being adopted.

This was the gist of the speech of Social Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral during the 9th Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services in Tagaytay City.

Cabral assured adoption experts and participants that "laws have been passed that greatly hold the welfare and best interest of the child in paramount consideration whenever we speak of adoption."

She noted that while domestic adoption is encouraged, the implementation of the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 "has given Filipino children with no families a greater fighting chance to experience filial love and warmth."

The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB), an attached agency of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said the conference, which focused on the theme "Adoption: Opening Windows for Development," managed to put across the message that adoptees, and the adoptive parents, as well as adoption institutions, agencies and caregivers play a significant role in societal growth and development.

Adoption experts in the conference on Wednesday discussed policies and mechanisms to safeguard Filipino children being adopted by foreign families. Some 200 foreign and local delegates involved in child welfare are participating in the consultation.

Social Welfare Undersecretary and ICAB alternate chairperson Luwalhati F. Pablo said that the four-day consultation was an effective venue for sharing experiences among professionals, experts and practitioners to ensure the protection of Filipino children being placed for inter-country adoption.

Inter-country adoption involves a Filipino child being adopted by a foreigner or a Filipino citizen permanently residing abroad.

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