Dutch agency director told to keep quiet over unethical adoptions

Director of biggest adoption agency in the Netherlands resigns after pressure of
Dutch government to keep quit about the Chinese Adoption Scandals.

Ina Hut, the director of Wereldkinderen, says that the Central Authority in the Netherlands forced her not do to any investigation regarding the Chinese Adoption Scandals because it might hurt the relationships with the Netherlands.
Due the difficult relationship between Ms. Hut and the Dutch
government, to keep a transparent overview of the adoption process,
especially regarding Chinese Adoptions, she could not continue her work
with a clear consciousness she said in an interview on television last

Hut says, that the economic interest and the push for children by
prospective 'adoptive parents' are more prevailing than the interest of
children. After almost seven years of fighting, against the corrupt
system, from within, she is tired, says Ina Hut in Trouw this morning.

The ministry of justice said in an official response
of Hut her resignation, that she wanted to do an 'undercover
investigation' and that such a activity would compromise the
relationship with China.
Ina Hut answered that; she never spoke about an undercover operation
but just wanted to have clear answer from both Central Authorities
about the stolen and 'trafficked' children from China. Due the unclear
situation after the visit of the Dutch Central Authority to China and
the ongoing messages of stolen children from China, Ina Hut was
questioning the adoptions from China. Wereldkinderen stopped adoption
from China this year, except the so-called 'special needs' children.

Read the article here from the UAI website

A Dutch article about Hut.

** ETA 2:11 p.m. Thanks to reader Mirjam, who passed along this information to me.

The "homo-lobby" is about adoption from
the USA to the Netherlands. The only country that allows adoption by homosexuals
is the USA, so when Hirsch Ballin (minister of Justice) announced he wanted to
stop adoption of newborns from the USA 
there was an online petition, signed by 16534 people. (click here for the petition).
In the end Hirsch Ballin gave in. (here is the press release) 
Another article in English on Ina Hut.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

4 thoughts

  1. This is a fascinating story.
    Is there more English-language coverage other than the UAI article? Their mentions of the “homo-lobby” were rather disturbing.
    It seems like The Netherlands is way ahead of the U.S. in that the debate over adoption corruption is happening at such a public level, and there is at least some accountability of adoption officials to an elected government (or to their own conscience, in this case).

  2. atlasien, I also found the language disturbing.
    I subscribe to google alerts and a few days ago when I made this post, I did see a couple of English-language reports. However I unfortunately deleted that link and today I have not been able to find those articles. If I see any, however, I will post links.

  3. There was a discussion about this at the forum at chinaadopttalk.com and apparently the term “homo-lobby” is very PC in the Netherlands, although it is offensive to Americans. There was a woman from the Netherlands who translated the original article from Dutch to English and posted it on that thread.
    Just an FYI for those who might have access to that forum…

  4. But I should also say that I know absolutely nothing about the PC language of different countries – I am just repeating what one poster wrote who was more familiar with the colloquial language in the Netherlands.

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