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Standardized adoption law sought by Greens

At least 30,000 children are housed in orphanages

A new adoption law is being promoted in an effort to make more homes available for orphaned children.

According to data released by the national statistics institute, Inegi, there are over 30,000 children and teenagers living in state orphanages in Mexico. And the Children’s Rights Network warns there are another 29,000 living without the care of either relatives or institutions.

Estimates are that by 2040 the number of children in orphanages could exceed 33,000.

But legislation proposed by the Green Ecologist Party suggests that adoption offers one of the best chances those children have to enjoy family-like bonds that will allow them to develop fully.

The party says that current adoption laws are legislated on a state-by-state basis, resulting in adoption processes that are diverse and non-standardized.

Federal Deputy Daniela de los Santos Torres and her party are promoting a new legal framework under which Congress would be able to issue a General Adoption Law, “eradicating any malicious activities that may hinder the adoption process, establishing full rights to adopt and be adopted by clearly defining the ways and means these processes will be resolved throughout the country.”

Through the proposed law, Congress would also define the means required and the necessary care appropriate for healthy child development in a family environment.

The 61-article law also establishes that anyone above 25 years of age can be eligible to adopt, as long as they are 17 years or more older than the adopted child. Those seeking to adopt “must be physically, psychologically and morally suitable, and must have sufficient means to provide the adopted child sustenance, care and education.”

The legislation also calls for the creation of interdisciplinary and technical adoption councils in the DIF family services agency at the national and state levels. They would be tasked with overseeing the proper integration of the children and their adoptive families.

Existing adoption procedures have proved lacking in the state of Sonora following an investigation that revealed as many as 17 babies were sold to adoptive parents. Arrest warrants were issued late last month for 16 people believed involved in the adoption-for-cash scheme, which was run through the DIF.

The search for the presumed leaders of the ring went international last week when an Interpol Red Notice was issued for Vladimir Alfredo Arzate Carbajal and Juan Manuel Hernández López.

Source: El Financiero (sp)

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