Coronavirus stalls adoptions in Spain as 1,000 are suspended

Coronavirus stalls adoptions in Spain as 1,000 are suspended due to travel restrictions.

AT the beginning of the year, 1,005 families began the process of adopting children from abroad.

Of those families, 200 already know which child they are going to adopt, but have not yet been able to pick them up or meet him them in person, due to travel restrictions and confinements.

La Sexta spoke to four families, including Enric and Sofía, who after four and a half years were close to extending their family in February before the whole process came to a standstill.

Despite the language and technology development problems in Haiti, they told the media outlet they were able to talk by video call, but have not yet been able to pick up their son.

Enric said the heartbreaking moment in which the child asked them to go and get him will stay with him forever. And now the couple fear the second wave of COVID-19 will delay the process again.

Meanwhile, there has been a happy ending for one family.

Little Grace has arrived from the Philippines after “an adoption odyssey” in the middle of a pandemic.

“We were at the airport gates when they told us from Manila that a lockdown had been decreed and we couldn’t fly,” explains his father, Jordi. “It was all an odyssey, but in the end we were able to pick up our girl,” Janet told La Sexta.


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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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