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Iceland Adoption Society looks towards Africa

The Iceland Adoption Society is investigating the possibility for Icelandic parents to adopt orphans from Africa. For the last few years many children have been adopted from China, but now new regulations are delaying the process.

“We are looking to other countries, including African countries like South Africa and Ethiopia,” the managing director of the Iceland Adoption Society Gudrún Sverrisdóttir told Bladid.

“The waiting period in China has been prolonged extensively. The Chinese government says it is because of an increase in applications and because fewer children are abandoned than earlier,” Sverrisdóttir said.

Last year six Chinese children were adopted by Icelandic parents, but 35 the year before.

The new regulations set by the Chinese government stipulate that single parents are no longer allowed to adopt.

An increasing number of Icelandic parents are keen on adoption; in 2005, 50 sent in applications to the Adoption Society and there were 66 applications in 2006.

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