Adoption-National Or International?

Local institutions in the Czech Republic are advocating changes in adoption laws that would allow children to be taken by people from throughout the world. A recent panel of European experts agreed while primary focus should be placed within their own nation, but if the best place is elsewhere. Since 2000, only 277 Czech children have been adopted by families outside of their nation. In reality, the majority of children who are adopted by parents living outside of the Czech Republic, were of Roma background. A theme raised at the conference was that “Czech parents are very picky. They practically require a warranty with their adopted child. They expect guarantees that the child will be always healthy, extremely talented, get good marks at schools and to to university. foreign parents are much more tolerant.”

A common complaint was the lack of interest on the part of the Czech government in regard to issues of adoption. They place bureaucratic blocks in the way of adoption which results in many children facing the prospect of remaining in an institutional setting. One study indicated Czech children who were placed with Italian parents are very happy and more relaxed.