Foundling to be fostered
A newborn boy abandoned with the Antwerp charity Moeders voor Moeders last week will be placed in a foster family within a month, according to social workers. The child, who is being called Adriaan De Kleine, was reportedly pressed into the hands of a charity worker by a young woman. Police are carrying out an investigation to try to identify the mother. The child is thought to have been born early last week and was described as being in good health.
Nahima Lanjri, a local member of the federal parliament, said she would call for a debate after the summer recess on the subject of “discreet births” – the expression used to describe a situation where a woman is allowed to give birth in safety and leave the child to be looked after without registering herself as the mother. The measure would help women who do not want their families to know they are pregnant but who do not want an abortion. Instead of abandoning the baby in what might be dangerous circumstances, the birth could go ahead anonymously under the necessary supervision.