23 Mar 2007

Samoa police probe adoption terms

4:30 pm on 23 March 2007

Police in Samoa are interviewing families of babies adopted by the US-based adoption agency, Focus on Children, to determine if the birth parents were misled by its representatives.

The Assistant Police Commissioner, Papali'i Lio Ta'eu Masepa'u, has told Le Samoa Newspaper that the adoption process is legal and is not part of their investigation.

Their probe is to determine if the birth parents were led to believe that they will be able to see their children again when they turn eighteen.

At least one couple have adopted out five of their children, saying they believed their children will return to them and it was a way for the children to get a better life.

Le Samoa reports that the Police investigation will also look at the possibility of Samoan parents giving the US Federal Bureau of Investigations wrong information when they were in Samoa recently to investigate the adoption issue.