Friday, November 16, 2007
Under pressure from other governments, the Nepalese government decided to allow just over 400 international adoptions to be completed but will not allow anymore. The government had stopped all adoptions a while back because it had turned out that people were selling children. Apparently, the of all the filing fees etc cost $300. The adoption agencies would charge the clients $20,000. Given that a good job pays about $1500 a year, the sort of profit to be made brought out the worst in people. I was talking to a man who works with a lot of children's homes and he told me that once the adoptions were stopped and the potential for profit was lost, many children's homes threw the kids they were "caring" for on the streets.