The committee

Mr. T.H.J. (Tjibbe) Joustra (1951) was chairman of the Dutch Safety Board until 1 May 2019 ...
Mr. G.J.H. (Bert-Jan) Houtzagers (1958) has been a State Councillor in the Advisory Division of the Council of State since 1 January 2019 ...
Mrs. Prof. Dr. B.A. (Beatrice) de Graaf (1976) is professor of History of International Relations & Global Governance at Utrecht ...

The assignment

The Committee Investigating Intercountry Adoption in the past has the task of investigating the actual state of affairs regarding (old) adoptions from abroad and the role of the Dutch government in this.  Initially, the committee will focus on Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The committee was established by Minister Dekker (Legal Protection) when information arose pointing to possible abuse with the adoption of babies in the seventies and eighties in which Dutch government officials might have been involved.

The committee consists of mr. T.H.J. (Tjibbe) Joustra LLM (chairman), mrs. prof. Dr. B.A. (Beatrice) de Graaf and mr. G.H.J. (Bert-Jan) Houtzagers LLM.

The minister asked the committee to submit a report by autumn 2020 at the latest.

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Latest news

Committee requests CBS to conduct survey among intercountry adoptees

(by Henri Kruithof) The Committee Investigating Intercountry Adoption in the Past has requested the Central Bureau of Statistics to ask a large number of intercountry adoptees about their personal situation.   Why, anyway? Tjibbe Joustra replies: “The Committee considers it important to know how adoptees that have come to the Netherlands from other countries fare. […]

News item | 14 April 2020

Come clean and prevent problems in the future

Interview with Chairman Joustra of the Committee Investigating Intercountry Adoption: (By Henri Kruithof)   In April of this year, Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection) set up the Committee Investigating Intercountry Adoption in the past. According to the institutional decision, that committee must, among other things, investigate the existence of abuses in intercountry adoption and the […]

News item | 6 December 2019

Tjibbe Joustra leads the Committee Investigating Intercounty Adoption in the past

The committee that investigates the role and responsibility of the Dutch government with repsect to the intercounry adoption of children in, at a minimum, the period between 1967 and 1998 is headed by Mr. Tjibbe Joustra.  The committee also consists of the members Mrs. Prof. Dr. Beatrice de Graaf and Mr. Bert-Jan Houtzagers. The committee […]

News item | 25 April 2019


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