Labour Minister Ján Richter has said that Slovakia does not know the fate of 72 Slovak children who were adopted in Italy. The news was reported by the Sme daily on March 7, two weeks after Andrea Císarová, the head of the Centre for International Legal Protection of Children and Youth (CIPC), part of the Labour Ministry, returned from Rome where she had met representatives of the Italian Commission for International Adoptions.
During her visit she asked for 117 post-adoption reports that are currently missing. However, some of these still remain in Rome. The commission is set to send the rest to the respective Slovak authorities by April 15. Several reports for 2003 to 2005 in particular are missing. Until then, a temporary suspension of adoptions of Slovak children by families in Italy remains in effect, the daily wrote.
Neither the former head of the CIPC, Alena Mátejová, nor Italian Ambassador to Slovakia Roberto Martini have explained why the documents are missing – despite the fact that they are required by an international protocol on adoptions. Most of the adoptions were made through the Italian Famiglia e Minori agency, which was dissolved in 2010 by the Italian state. However, the Slovak Labour Ministry did not ask the Italian side for an explanation at the time, or for the missing documents.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Mar 2013 at 14:00