Romania: Prime Minister Proposal Approved

6/10/2004

The U.S. Embassy in Romania has learned through the press that the Prime Minister’s proposal to ban, in essence, inter-country adoptions has been approved by the Juridical Committee of the Chamber of Deputies without meaningful change. This legislation has NOT yet been approved by the full Chamber.

The U.S. Government feels that the Romanians do not have the capacity to absorb current numbers of abandoned and orphaned children through domestic means, absent recourse to long-term institutionalization, which clearly is not in the best interests of the child. The U.S. recommendations on this matter have been repeatedly provided and it is their hope that the Chamber of Deputies will consider appropriate modifications, in the interest of these children, when it debates the bill.

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