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 gay households.

"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

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