PM Tsipras on adoption bill: Children of a lesser God deprived of the right to a normal life

The Greek state must consider its stance in terms of children deprived of a chance to live a normal life outside of an institution, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday in parliament, during the debate for a bill on the adoption and fostering of children.

“The major issue today is the state’s stance before children deprived of the opportunity to live a normal life, and growing up in institutions. (These) children who until now were unfortunately invisible to the state: children of a lesser God, deprived of the right to live and grow up in a home, in a family”, stated Tsipras.

He added, “I have the feeling that the public discussion focused, wrongly in my opinion, on a single article of the draft law which I do not consider minor,” said Tsipras, saying the children robbed of an opportunity to live in a family are the “children we should have in mind today”.

Tsipras promised that a long-lasting problem would finally be resolved in one year, compared to the long-term wearing process in the past. The bill, he said, is an important contribution to both children and parents, and added that it is a “humane obligation of the state towards fellow Greeks who want to (…) offer and receive love.”

Referring to the confusion over the distinction between adoption and fostering, he said that the two procedures must not be confused. “Fostering provides for the return of the child to its natural parents, who must retain contact with the child during its fostering time. It would not be an exaggeration to say that fostering is an act of altruism, solidarity and service of those who choose it.”

Foster parents, he noted, “choose to give to a child without acquiring rights to it. And this is done through a notarial deed, after required procedures have advanced,” he said.