The Parliamentary Forum on Children has criticized the act of adoption of Ugandan children by foreigners which they said is against the rights of children and appealed that the adopters should instead support families of these children instead of taking the children away from their parents and countries.
The Chairperson of the Forum Florence Mutyabule Woman MP for Namutumba said that the forum last year held a meeting with an adoption company called Bethel based in USA which was requesting for the forum’s support to adopt children in the country but however the forum gave the organization it’s stand on adoption saying that they should instead offer support to the children and their families instead of adoption.
She noted that if the children are to be adopted, the adoption should be done with in the country because if the children are taken out of the country their parents’ loose ownership of their children which she said is an abuse of the children rights.
Mutyabule said that Parliament is in the process of amending the Children’s Act in which the forum will bring out the stand on adoption, she also argued that the act has gaps where the forum feels that they should be filled.
This criticism against adoption comes as the country prepares to commemorate the Day of the African Child (DAC) on 16th June by Member States of African Union.
This occasion is a commemoration to recall the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid-inspired education resulted in the public killing of the unarmed young protesters by police officials.
Woman MP for Koboko Baba Diri Margaret and a member of the forum on children said that it is unfortunate that children that are dependent on adults and innocent are taken advantage of by these adults.
She said that it’s absurd that all over Africa Children and Uganda Children are victims of many circumstances citing defilement, child sacrifice and many others.
Baba Diri urged parents, care givers and community to save the generation by stopping abuse against children.
MP Muwuma Milton urged communities with cultures linked to abuse of children’s rights citing Female Genital Mutilation not to be conservative with these cultures but rather adopt change for the better.
MP for Pallisa County Opolot Jacob Richards also a member of the children’s forum said that credited the media for an outstanding effort in exposing cases of child abuse.
He urged the media to continue the commitment and consistent reporting on child rights so that the community is educated about the rights of children.
This year’s celebrations of the day of the African Child are to be held in Buikwe with a theme “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility.