Imagine this:

Imagine this: you are one-half of a long-term couple and you and your partner make the decision to start a family.

After much deliberation and for whatever reason, you decide to adopt from overseas. You know that there are children in the world who are looking for a family. Children who want a family. Children who need a family.

After a rigorous adoption process that likely took years of what felt like endless paperwork, you are successful. For the next fifteen years, you and your partner love, care for and nurture your child. You become a family.

And then, your child’s biological parents appear one day and ask for their child – your child – back.

This is exactly what happened to an Australian couple who had adopted a daughter, Zabeen, from India more than a decade ago – only to discover that Zabeen may have been forcefully and illegally stolen from her biological parents.

Zabeen has lived in Australia for 15 years, since she was three-years-old. But according to her biological family, Zabeen was snatched from her home in Chennai in 1998. Zabeen’s biological family now want the Australian Government to intervene and return their daughter.



Image from the 7.30 report. Zabeen’s biological mother holds a picture of her daughter.

The ABC reports:

indian child stolen for adoption1 What would you do if this happened to your family?

Image from the 7.30 report. Zabeen’s biological mother holds a picture of her daughter.

For Zabeen’s [biological] mother Fatima, the pain at times has been almost unbearable.

For a long time she assumed her daughter was dead, but it turns out she was alive.

“I received a phone call from the police saying they had found our daughter. The police had arrested the kidnapper,” she said.

The family was told Zabeen had been snatched by criminals, making $5,000 at a time selling children to disreputable adoption agencies.

“I said I want my child back. The policeman said it is not possible because she is in Australia,” Fatima said.

“He told me not to worry, that she is in a good place, Australia is a good place. But I told them that even if it is good, I want my child back.”


5 thoughts on “Imagine this:

  1. What a nightmare! 😦

  2. Yes, a nightmare for everyone. 😦

    • And so very sad… 😦
      ‘We didn’t want to take somebody’s child away. We wanted to make a home for a couple of children that didn’t have a home.’
      Zabeen’s adoptive mother

  3. Horrible. The child must be so torn inside, as well all the parents. Sad that not only is this happening, but happening to many families and children.

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