Adop­tions fall to their low­est level in a decade due to cri­sis

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The num­ber of adop­tions in Greece hit its low­est level in a decade last year, a drop ap­par­ently at­trib­ut­able to the reper­cus­sions of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis as well as a nine-month strike by Greek lawyers which ended in Septem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to data made public by the Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ELSTAT), 271 chil­dren were adopted in 2015 com­pared to 361 in 2014, a drop of 24.9 per­cent. The num­ber of adop­tions has been steadily de­clin­ing since 2012, when a to­tal of 543 adop­tions were recorded.

The process of adopt­ing a child in Greece via the ex­ist­ing le­gal chan­nels is a very lengthy pro­ce­dure, some­times stretch­ing to five years. Be­cause of this some Greek cou­ples have re­sorted to il­le­gal adop­tions over the years, spend­ing thou­sands of euros to buy a child, of­ten from for­eign moth­ers who are ex­ploited by crim­i­nal rack­ets that usu­ally in­volve lawyers and gy­ne­col­o­gists.

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