Adopted children are victims of trafficking

“I found a whole family”

Céline Breysse (1), adopted in Sri Lanka

“I arrived in France in February 1983 at the age of 2 months and I was adopted by wonderful parents with whom I have always had a very good relationship. Can find my source.

This quest has matured my whole life. For a long time, I didn’t ask myself any questions and it didn’t stop me from living and building myself. After several trips, of course, I wanted to know more. My research then finally came to fruition. There were inconsistencies and I began to suspect, which was confirmed when I saw a Dutch documentary that talked about child trafficking in Sri Lanka at the time of my birth.

I then, in 2018, created a Facebook group to alert other adopters. Then, with the help of a friend there, Andrew Silva, I find my biological mother, my sister, niece and nephew, cousin, uncle and aunt. In short, a whole family that brings a real plus to my life. For four years, we have had a very healthy bond that takes nothing away from my endless love for my adoptive parents. This year, I’ve even tripped with them and my kids. It was very moving to see that the link was fluid between the two families. My Facebook group is now helping with family reunions, with Andrew in Sri Lanka and me in France. A

“My story is stolen”

Emmanuelle Hebert, adopted in India, co-founder of Raif (2)

“I was born in India, and I was adopted in France by a loving family. To understand where I came from, to find out who I look like, I start looking for my source a little miraculously. I waited until my parents died because I didn’t want to hurt them. I had no idea where this job would take me.

I discovered that all the paperwork in my adoption file was fake and I was probably robbed. I went to India several times, to the orphanage where I was taken and which tried to discourage me. Eventually, I no longer saw my biological mother because she died a few months before I found her. But I discovered, shocked, that my biological family never wanted to leave me. They have taken away my identity, my history, my culture, my language. I grew up in a country that is not mine, without roots, feeling different.

This outrage prompted me to seek out a Collective (Raif) for recognition of illegal adoption in France, which is campaigning for an independent investigation into international adoption. Switzerland and Belgium have apologized to children separated from their families in the south, but not France. We are taking this request to the United Nations because our association has an observer seat in the special commission responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Hague Convention. A


Who do you contact to find your source?

Depending on whether people were born in France or abroad, different places can help reconnect the threads of their history.

জন্য For children adopted in France

People born under confidentiality can communicate National Council for Access to Private Sources (Cnaop), a structure created in 2002. Since then, every child who has reached the age of majority can ask to open their file at the age of 18.

Contact: Cnaop, General Secretariat, 14 avenue Duquesne 75350 Paris 07 SP or

State students must go to the departmental council of their place of birth and ask them to consult with the fileChild welfare.

জন্য For children adopted abroad

Institutionally, the main conversation is International Adoption Mission (MAI) attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contact:,

The County Council Those who were approved for adoption, that is, there may be some elements in the case of approval for adoption.

Also request Parents AssociationMainly grouped within the Child and Adoption Family (EFA), and Parent Association by country of birth, mainly grouped under Mouvement pour l’Adoption sans Border (MASF)

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