Sweden allows gay adoptions, but foreign agencies balk
February 2, 2004
STOCKHOLM — A year after Sweden passed a law giving homosexual couples the
right to adopt children, gays are still trying to find foreign
adoption agencies willing to send them children, the National Board
for Intercountry Adoptions (NIA) said Friday.
"We have changed the law in Sweden to give homosexuals the same
opportunities as heterosexuals to adopt, but abroad the situation
is different," Gunilla Bodin, head of Nia, told AFP.
The law giving Swedish homosexuals the right to adoption took
effect on February 1, 2003.
Since few Swedish children are available for adoption, most are
brought in from overseas, in particular from China, Colombia and
South Korea. But none of the countries that cooperate with Sweden's
six adoption organizations have so far agreed to send children to
"It's a question of changing attitudes abroad, something that
could take a while," Bodin said.
Two men have managed to get their adoption of a little girl from
the United States in 1998 recognized in Sweden, before the law on
homosexual adoptions was adopted.
There have also been a number of cases of homosexuals who have
adopted their step-children -- their partner's biological children,
but no cases of direct international adoption.
In fact, only a handful of homosexual couples have applied for
international adoption over the past year.
"That's not that strange. They've probably heard how hard it is
to find children for them, and don't want to go through the whole
evaluation process in vain," Bodin said. " And just like for
heterosexual couples, it takes time to reach the final decision." –Sapa-AFP
Related links stories
Gay teens win right to dance at high graduations in Sweden [01/12/2003]