New rule in the Netherlands, adoption from foreign countries will no longer be allowed

2024-05-21 23:45:27 / BOTA ALFA PRESS

New rule in the Netherlands, adoption from foreign countries will no longer be
The Netherlands will no longer allow its citizens to adopt children from foreign countries, a Dutch government minister said on Tuesday. Minister for Legal Protection Franc Weerwind added that the interstate procedures already started will continue for the time being.

Dutch parents have adopted around 40,000 children from 80 countries in the past half century. The practice has declined in recent years, with just 145 children adopted in 2019, falling to 70 in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest figures from the independent Dutch youth institute.

Between February 2021 and November 2022, the Dutch government had already implemented a nearly two-year freeze on intercountry adoptions. Dutch adoption policies came under scrutiny as a growing number of previously adopted adult children began researching their roots and often discovered that their birth documents had been falsified or lost, or that their adoption was illegal.