Colombia's Family Welfare Institute "kidnaps" Colombian children by giving them up for adoption to foreign families against the will of their biological parents, several reports said.So is there something corrupt happening in international adoption from Colombia? Sometimes we look at statistics to figure that out. Is there a sudden spike in numbers, for instance? Nope, not recently at least. According to the State Department statistics, here are the adoptions from Colombia to the U.S. since 1999:
In a program aired Sunday, television station Caracol told the story of a young boy named Steven who was born in Colombia but adopted by a Dutch family.
Steven's biological parents said he was taken from them against their will by the ICBF. The agency said Steven's original parents were unfit to care for him and that the state put the child up for adoption for his own safety. Colombia is one of the few countries where children can be placed with foreign families without the consent of their biological parents.
This is not the first time the ICBF has been accused of unjustifiably taking children from parents and sending them abroad. Colombian channel RCN TV and Colombian newspaper El Tiempo have run similar stories in the past.
So adoptions from Colombia seem to be on the same decline that the rest of international adoption is experiencing, no suspicious spike since one in 2002 and one in 2006. So is there anything else in the statistics that are enlightening?
2011 216 2010 235 2009 238 2008 306 2007 309 2006 344 2005 287 2004 285 2003 272 2002 335 2001 265 2000 245 1999 231
In terms of raw numbers, there are not that many adoptions from Colombia to the U.S. -- 216 in 2011, 235 in 2010. But when compared to the rest of South & Central America? Colombia is the only country with adoption to the U.S. in the hundreds. Last year, there were 32 adoptions from Guatemala, 30 from Nicaragua, 22 from Mexico, 13 from Peru, and 11 from Honduras. No one else is even in double digits. And Colombia is in the HUNDREDS.
Certainly seems suggestive. . . .