The Federal Attorney for the Protection of Children and Adolescents (PFPNNA), of the National System for the Integral Development of the Family (SNDIF), indicated that it is carrying out the pertinent administrative investigation related to the adoption of a minor by the governor of Nuevo León, Samuel García, and Mariana Rodríguez Cantú.
From the outset, the PFPNNA indicated that the adaptation is permanent, and no rule establishes the acceptance by seasons or “family coexistence permit”. It also indicated that by revealing the identity and condition of the minor, Samuel Garcia and his wife Mariana Rodriguez Cantu violated the rights of the minor.
“By showing in a video the face of the five-month-old child on the social networks of the aforementioned couple and after it was replicated by some media outlets, in addition to revealing his name and the health problems he faces, there is a clear violation of rights (to privacy and protection of personal data), recognized in the General Law of the Rights of Children and Adolescents, the observance of which is mandatory throughout the country,” said the PFPNNA.
He recalled that the minor is under the guardianship of the State System for the Integral Development of the Family of Nuevo León, who allowed the child’s discharge from the Social Assistance Center (public) “Capullos”, so that Samuel García Sepúlveda and Mariana Rodríguez Cantú, head of the Loving Nuevo León Office, they had it for a weekend.
He indicated that as of Saturday, January 15, he requested information on this case from the Office of the Attorney for the Protection of Children and Adolescents of Nuevo León, which is pending.
He explained that he also required the Office of the Attorney for the Protection of Children and Adolescents of Nuevo León so that, within the scope of its competence, it undertakes the necessary administrative and jurisdictional actions to protect the violated rights of the child.
“The PFPNNA will carry out the necessary actions to protect the Best Interests of the Child in this case,” he said.
“The Federal Attorney for the Protection of Children and Adolescents disapproves of all types of adoption or foster care processes that violate the conventional and constitutional principle of the Best Interest of Children. The National DIF reiterates its commitment to apply the necessary measures to eradicate irregular and illicit practices that violate the rights of children and adolescents.
“Adoption, like any alternative means of family care, must be carried out in strict adherence to the applicable legal provisions, ensuring at all times and as the main purpose the integrity of the girls, boys, or adolescents involved. For this reason, it is necessary that every person or family interested in an adoption process has a certificate of suitability, which can only be issued by the National DIF System, the State Systems and the Children and Adolescent Protection Offices, because without this document it is legally impossible to assign a girl, boy or adolescent for adoption,” he said.
In addition, he explained that the current legislation in Mexico establishes that adoption is an alternative means of definitive family care, so there are no temporary adoptions.
The Federal Attorney for the Protection of Children and Adolescents expressed that it will undertake a dialogue with the authorities of Nuevo León to review its regulations on adoption, as well as the operating scheme, in order to prevent practices that threaten the emotional health and healthy development of children and adolescents who require of an adoption.
Finally, the Federal Attorney’s Office exhorted the authorities, the population in general, and the media to unrestrictedly respect the rights of children and adolescents.