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Romania halts foreign adoptions

Published: 7:58AM Wednesday April 19, 2006
Source: Reuters

Romania has rejected all applications from foreigners seeking to adopt a Romanian child in line with its ban on international adoptions, authorities said on Tuesday after a final review of pending cases.

The Black Sea state banned foreigners from adopting Romanian children in 2005 after a three year moratorium in response to concerns in the European Union that a wave of international adoptions in the 1990s had triggered baby trafficking.

Would-be parents in the United States and other Western countries have repeatedly called on Romania, which wants to join the EU next year, to rescind the law.

In December the European parliament asked Romania for a final review of about 1,400 applications made during the moratorium....

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