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Fifth of anonymous babies lost forever

The Local · 5 Mar 2012, 11:40

Published: 05 Mar 2012 11:40 GMT+01:00

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This is the key finding of a new survey by the German Youth Institute (DJI), which has prompted an angry reaction from several politicians. The DJI contacted 344 providers, including charities, churches, youth services and other services that offer to take babies anonymously.

The results found that 973 babies were given away anonymously between 1999 and May 2010, and that the providers no longer had records of around 20 percent of them. In other words, it remains unclear whether the babies were adopted or re-claimed by their mothers.

The DJI underlined that it was difficult to even find any exact figures on the number of abandoned babies. “This is because the data is not collected at a central office, and in some cases providers either have very little or no documentation whatsoever on the procedures,” the survey said.

Many of the providers work without any kind of cooperation contract, or sometimes just spoken agreements, with local youth welfare authorities.

Elkin Deligöz, deputy parliamentary leader for the Green Party, told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that a standardized procedure had to be developed to deal with anonymous babies.

She said that all anonymous babies should be reported immediately to the local youth authority, that a state guardian should be appointed and the adoption procedure should be taken over by the state.

Christian Democratic Union politician Ingrid Fischbach went further, saying that people should not be allowed to give up babies anonymously at all. Instead, data should be kept secret for a few years, she told the Welt am Sonntag, so that they can be contacted later for counselling or offers of help.

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19:26 March 5, 2012 by raandy
Come On! Totally unacceptable ,,,
22:58 March 5, 2012 by Lblaney
Making it illegal to anonymously leave babies with caregivers is a terrible idea. When people are panicked, or about to do something horrible (like go on a drug binge), they need a safe place to leave their baby. If you require them to register or to submit to scrutiny, you greatly increase the risk that they will dump the baby in an unsafe location or expose it to harm. The responsibility for tracking these orphaned children should fall with the government and not with the unfortunate people that abandon them.
03:22 March 6, 2012 by Den Maskin
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03:27 March 6, 2012 by snitzel
yes and how can they become so they can be distinguished from looking when they are controlled say, by playing, on train underways? it is not making sense. it is impossible unless more houses like that unhomely austrian fritzel there are!
09:01 March 6, 2012 by hereward
So 20% of babies unaccounted for,just like the eussr budget.
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