The Gallic Peace Corps in the footsteps of Zoe’s Ark?

Linked with Zoe’s Ark, with Eric Breteau – France, with Children do not belong to their parents, with Chad’s children, with Mes réactions concernant les enfants du Tchad, (yes, last year I still believed what mass-medias told us), with Marc Garmirian – Lebanon and France, and with the betrayal on Darfour’s children.

Published on Romania – for export only, not authored, 6 August 2008.

Thanks to Abandon & Adoption it is easy to follow what is happening on the French adoption front.

Going through the many comments on the French initiative to send in the troops of young volunteers to find adoptable children for French couples, Zoe’s Ark re-appeared.

Who doesn’t remember the French humanitarians who tried to save 100 ‘orphans’who appeared not to be orphans after all. This link is interesting reading to refresh the memory: Untangling The Zoe’s Ark Affair.

At the time politiciens and adoption experts alike were clear that this kind of rescue missions were not done.

But now, six months later, the French government has formalised this practice: a Gallic Peace Corps will invade poverty stricken nations with one goal: to find adoptable children for French families. French families who adopt independently, so without the involvement of an adoption agency. But with the assistance of the French Adoption Agency (AFA) , a governmental body that accompanies such adoptions. It is not totally clear to me AFA works exactly. It is not an agency, it is not the French Central Authority. It is what the French call The Third Way (besides agency and private adoptions).

Mr. Colombani, in his report for the French President Sarkozy, had noted that the French adoption agencies were in a difficult position, as they were needed to compete with other countries who dressed up their adoption requests with humanitarian aid … (full text).


NGOs and the victim industry: Is a victim the subject of aid or the object? Most people see themselves as individuals dealing with a crisis. It’s the outside world that sees them as victims The misadventures of the French charity Zoe’s Ark in Chad early last year finally opened to question the motives and morality of aid agencies. For the first time an organisation was criticised in the media, rather than lauded for its good intentions … (on Xirincs Project).

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