Yon Sineat and Erin Handley - The Phnom Penh Post14 Sep 2017
This week the Cambodian government released an explanatory note to educate the public on domestic adoption; however, some express concern whether bolstering domestic adoptions is currently feasible or safe for children.
This article describes a 60 Minutes interview with Tara Winkler, co-founder of Cambodian Children's Trust, about the exploitation of children in orphanages, the harm caused by orphanage tourism, and Australia's potential ban on orphanage tourism.
A Malaysian welfare organization has urged the federal government to set up a special body to regulate and control illegal orphanages in the country due to exploitation and abuse of the children living in the homes.
Despite good intentions, volunteers and donors from Australia and the larger international community are supporting orphanages separating children from their families. Australia is seeking to curb support for orphanages in countries like Cambodia, where the trafficking of children into orphanages is a common practice.
Nur Khairah Alegria Suner - Free Malaysia Today9 Aug 2017
Malaysian NGO OrphanCare reports that orphanages are reluctant to work with baby hatch centers, which seek to find permanent homes for abandoned babies, due to fear that they will not have enough children to maintain the institutions once they give them up for adoption.