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Govt to rein in adoption profiteers

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has drawn up guidelines to
prevent financial exploitation of the adoption system in response to an
increasing number of profit-driven private adoption agencies.

The ministry notified prefectural and ordinance-designate d city
governments of the guidelines Monday. Local governments are responsible
for ensuring that private adoption agencies implement the new measures.

The majority of adoptions arranged by private agencies, are newborn
babies, adopted both domestically and overseas.

According to a survey conducted by the ministry in 2004, there were 76
instances in which children were adopted by overseas parents between
April 2001 and March 2004.

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