Seven Adoption Truths about the Hague Adoption Convention:
- Unveiling the Intention: Understanding the Purpose of the Hague Adoption Convention, Giving a Helping Hand to Those Who Profit: The Adoption Profiteers and The Paying Customer.
- A Disturbing Shift: Appears Like Child Welfare But Business Priorities is Increasing International Adoptions
- The Price of Credibility: Adoption Agency’s “Hague Approved” Label
- The Illusion of Legality: Adoption Profiteers Charging “Service Fees” Which Makes Commodification of Children a ‘Legal’ or ‘Ethical’ Adoption
- Children as Commodities: How HAC Encourages a Market Approach to Adoption
- Unintended Violations: HAC’s Impact on Child Rights and Human Rights
- Questioning Necessity: Reevaluating the Role of the Hague Adoption Convention. The Hague Does NOT Prevent Unnecessary Adoptions
Adoption Truths You Should Be Aware about the Hague Adoption Convention.
The Hague Adoption Convention (HAC) was established with the noble goal of ensuring the welfare of children involved in international adoptions. Unfortunately, the implementation of the HAC has taken a troubling turn, favoring commodification and commercialization of children. Adoption agencies aiming for HAC accreditation often pay substantial fees to obtain the coveted “Hague approved” status. This designation creates a sense of credibility among prospective adoptive parents, who associate it with transparent and morally sound adoption procedures. Paradoxically, these same agencies then label non-Hague-approved adoptions as “illegal,” implying that they lack the presumed ethical standards of HAC-approved processes.
Adoption Profiteers Manipulate the Public
Furthermore, adoption agencies manipulate public perception by framing adoption as payment for “service fees,” rather than acknowledging the fundamental truth that money is exchanged for a child. This misleading terminology creates a façade of legitimacy, which, in reality, sustains the business model of purchasing children. This misrepresentation perpetuates ignorance and inadvertently maintains the adoption business.
The Hague Adoption Convention Supports the Commodification of Children
Regrettably, the HAC inadvertently supports the commodification of children by attaching a monetary value to them, allowing for the “legitimate” abandonment or relinquishment of children by parents. As a result, the HAC system inadvertently violates the rights of the very children it aims to protect. The existence of the HAC seems to perpetuate the continuation of these questionable practices.
The Hague Adoption Convention Fosters a Legal Framework That Violates Children’s Rights
The HAC’s existence is unnecessary, as it inadvertently fosters a framework that enables the infringement of child rights and human rights. We advocate for the dismantling of the HAC, believing that its removal would mark a critical step towards eradicating ‘legal’ child trafficking. Ultimately, the HAC’s current operation risks undermining its original intentions (by those who benefit from the business) and perpetuating an environment where children are treated as commodities. The urgent need to stop the business, especially now, cannot be overstated, as doing so would help restore the focus on genuine child welfare and human rights.
Accreditation of the Adoption Business Fuels the Thriving Business that Commodifies Children
The dynamics of the adoption landscape underscore a disconcerting reality where the demand for children, coupled with the accreditation of adoption agencies, fuels the thriving business of commodifying these vulnerable lives. As prospective parents seek to fulfill their desires to nurture and expand their families, the demand for adoptable children remains steadfast. Simultaneously, the accreditation process for adoption agencies has inadvertently amplified the commercialization of adoption. Agencies, in pursuit of coveted “Hague-approved” status, often allocate substantial resources to meet the necessary criteria, inadvertently turning the adoption process into a transactional exchange. The convergence of these factors creates an environment where children can be unintentionally treated as commodities, their futures monetized to meet both the yearnings of hopeful parents and the goals of profit-driven adoption agencies. This intricate interplay highlights the pressing need for a profound reevaluation of adoption practices, where the dignity and rights of children take precedence over financial interests.
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