Against Child Trafficking (ACT) bears all expenses for Amy Steen’s travel and stay in Ethiopia, as well as the costs of the Court case.
By Rikke Struck Westersø |
Amy Steen’s adoption case became famous in 2012. Now she escaped to Ethiopia, where her mother has asked the court to annul the adoption. In the midst of the winter holidays Amy Steen announced she wanted to go to Sweden. She would not tell his foster mother why or with whom. But the teenage girl did not do so. She went to the station in Naestved and boarded a train to Hamburg. Later in the day a man from the organization Against Child Trafficking called Amy’s foster mother and he told that he and the girl were in Dubai. They were on their way to Ethiopia. It is six weeks ago now. The foster mother does not know if Amy will ever come back. Thursday the Ethiopian legal system is scheduled to deliver its judgment in a case which the girl’s birth mother began a few years ago. She will have the adoption annulled.
Thursday morning, however, the message is that the court in Addis Ababa has postponed the case yet again.
Adoption became deadlocked
Amy Steen’s young life has been a mess. In 2012 her unhappy adoption case came in the media, when a video showed how she was screaming when dragged from her foster family’s living room to be placed in a residential institution. It all began in 2009 when she and her younger sister were adopted from Ethiopia to Næstved by a Danish couple. Her little sister was two. Amy was nine. At least that’s what stood in the papers. Later doctors found that she would rather be 10-11 years old when she was removed from her family and brought to the strange land far from home. It was not easy for the girl or adoptive parents. In 2011, the situation had gone so much into an impasse that Amy Steen was placed with the foster family from which she later was forcibly removed and placed in a residential institution. About three months later she was allowed to return to the foster family, where she has lived until now. So until she ran off on Feb. 17 to go to Ethiopia and her biological family.
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