Activist claims a 'war on adoption' has tragic consequences for children

The number of inter-country adoptions worldwide has declined over the past 10 years by more than 70% .

Children's rights activist Robyn Wolfson Vorster says this is due to a combination of factors including stricter processes, anti-adoption lobbying and socio-political issues.

Read: A mother and daughter's moving love story through adoption and across race

Vorster, who recently wrote an opinion piece on the Daily Maverick, controversially suggests anti-adoption movements have pushed a false perception that inter-country adoption is linked to child trafficking.

She says the fight back against adoption in South Africa (in favour of family preservation) has led to high levels of child abandonment and late term abortions.

Also read: Sara-Jayne King bares all about dark adoption story in memoir, Killing Karoline

Studies show that the children that are being trafficked aren't being trafficked through adoption.

Robyn Wolfson Vorster, children's rights activist

Although there is a perceived link between inter-country adoption and child trafficking, the inter-country adoption taking place according to protocols and conventions are so watertight that it is very unlikely that there will be any sense of abuse in the process.

Robyn Wolfson Vorster, children's rights activist

In South Africa, children who are being trafficked are undocumented minors - often childrne that are migrants who arrive without any documentation.

Robyn Wolfson Vorster, children's rights activist

Globally, children who are in institutions and foster care are the children who are most likely to be trafficked.

Robyn Wolfson Vorster, children's rights activist

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