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Netherlands will no longer allow international adoptions

The Netherlands will no longer allow its citizens to adopt children from other countries, according to a Dutch government minister this Tuesday (21).

Legal Protection Minister Franc Weerwind added that international adoption procedures already started will continue for now.

The Dutch have adopted around 40,000 children from 80 countries in the last 50 years. However, the practice has declined recently, with 145 children adopted in 2019.

In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number fell to 70, according to the latest figures from the Dutch Youth Institute.

Between February 2021 and November 2022, the Dutch government had implemented an almost two-year freeze on international adoptions.

Dutch adoption policies came under scrutiny after a large number of adult adoptees began investigating their origins and discovered that their birth documents had been forged or lost, or that the adoption had been illegal.

Source: CNN Brasil

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