The Netherlands has halted all international adoptions after a study revealed that many children brought to the country had been stolen from their parents.
A study by a government commission looked into adoptions from several countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka between 1967 and 1998 and found that children had been taken from their parents. In some cases, the children were bought from their parents, who were facing pressure while suffering under poverty.
The commission also noted that the Dutch government knew about the abuses as early as the 1960s. Some officials were even involved in the adoption abuses, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.
Legal Protection Minister Sander Dekker offered an official apology to those affected by the abuses earlier this week, stating that as a result of the findings, international adoptions would be halted for the time being.
Dekker added that overturning the international adoptions moratorium was a job for the next administration. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government collapsed in January amid a welfare scandal, and Rutte is overseeing a caretaker government until elections in March.
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