Anger grows over adoption scam

Rory Callinan & Sean Parnell; 4/11/09

An Australian parent who unwittingly adopted stolen children from India has accused the federal government of failing to launch a proper investigation into the case and other related child-trafficking issues. The parent’s trauma and frustration is detailed in internal government documents which also reveal a group of children from another Indian orphanage are barred from being adopted by Australians amid concerns about procedural irregularities. Late last year the federal government began a review of the adoption program after it was revealed a child-stealing gang had sold kidnapped children to suspect orphanages. Those children were later adopted by parents in Australia. The review was supposed to examine the inter-country adoption programs and why official processes did not detect the stolen children before they were allowed into Australia.