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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 2) - A special commission
has been set up in Samoa to investigate the adoption of children to couples

A member of the commission, Attorney General Brenda Heather Latu,
says she’s concerned about the large number of adoptions made in a short time

The Le Samoa newspaper says the adoptions are not new but in the
past, the children were adopted by relatives overseas.

The recent trend, however, has seen a large number of new born
babies being adopted by couples from the United States.

Latu says the commission will explore whether there is a need to
change Samoa’s adoption laws and whether other financial transactions were
involved, apart from the usual legal fees.

Earlier this year, the immigration department said it had
received calls from several adopted children asking for passports so that they
can return to Samoa.

Many are reported to be no longer living with the families to
which they were sent.

June 2, 2003

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