She feels like God – Eti Abramov and Moshe Ronen – Yediot-Achronot – 24 hours – 09/07/2006 anyone who wants to give a child for adoption or to adopt a child in Israel know her. But many of them stayed away painful memories. Ella Blas, the all-powerful director of child welfare , retiring and leaving behind a trail of serious complaints. Not only cool and blunt style, but also that it encourages manipulative biological parents giving up their children.
"People who want to adopt a cry of years because of it," says parent injured. "Instead of helping, she prefers to make difficulties". Blas for her part, doe's not understand what they want from her. As long as she never have to go with the guards … ;
Adoption lawyer knowledgeable friend: "For too many years, she decided the future of hundreds of families". She is ready to manipulate and use lies to justify her way
Blas does not understand what people against her.
"I gave above and beyond. The work was in the eyes of the holy of holies," said the principal that retired from the service for the child. Yes, the woman left behind a trail of families damaged not really know why she grabs a devastating review the functioning, why so many people see it as an enemy, and why, in general, she had to walk around with bodyguards until recently.
13 years was in Las head of the child welfare body handles all adoption in the country, or the official title "Chief Welfare Officer for adoption." But for thousands of people in Israel, Blass was much more than a welfare worker. For them the all-powerful woman from the adoption was a fateful figure, one that holds almost mythical powers. She could, with a wave of a pen, to change the course of their lives from end to end; it is determined whether they will be parents. Many of them were relieved when she left. True, the nature of her job is such that anyone who carries it holds tremendous power and fateful, but Las, according to detractors, took this power step further. The child welfare has left Las (now aged 70) when it is filled with enemies and opponents. Not many people, it seems, wept as she closed the office door for the last time. The woman who insisted always that she wants only the best interests of the child, she wanted to seem a little too much. It is not only blunt style and insensitive they received many parents turn, they argue. If early years in the role opponents accused her parents always supporting efforts, the recent years there have been some who said a mouthful Las encourage a manipulative biological parents giving up their children, just to satisfy the huge demand.
"This woman received from the State immense power – more than the power of any judge, even the Supreme Court – to decide the fate of reasoning without people"
Loading a Tel Aviv lawyer.
"For too many years, she stopped what will be the fate of hundreds of children and decided the future of hundreds of families. It held power there is in the hands of God, and over time she felt she becomes God. There is a social worker that the feeling self-righteous she understands everything better than others .
She speaks always as' the best interests of the child ", and believes she knows exactly what each child's best interests. When it encounters other views it eliminates them, and willing to manipulate and use lies – that look in her eyes white lies – to justify the way ".
The debate about the power of child welfare is not new, but there never seemed this body gross, external face such as those in Las. Opponents say even now that it has expanded the boundaries of its authority beyond worthy. Tremendous anger toward her, both by parents and efforts and by biological parents, led to the decision to put her guards regularly. "She's a very strong," says Mr. Moses Brown, who handled many adoption cases. "remedies I can say that it is a great expert in her field and know to defend its positions, but over the years created a complete identity between those Las and the body it was his head, child welfare. These service is actually in Las These Las is service.
On the one hand this organization takes children from their parents, on the other hand it serves families who clicks get children for adoption. Acted upon by a constant pressure to deliver goods, make up children for adoption. It creates them big appetite remove children from their biological.
These Las managed, in fact, an adoption agency.
child welfare was supposed to be neutral and professional, but in each case are actually represented the family requesting the adoption, and always they were against the biological parents.
It was difficult to examine the choices and their decisions, since everything is kept secret and they volunteered as little information to the other side. All these things in Las developed into an art. "
Many parents today licking the wounds left the meeting with Las. Quite a few biological parents claim that the conduct of its predatory, manipulative was the only reason to remove the children are being held.
Take for example the Isaac Malik , a resident of Rishon Lezion, two granddaughters were kidnapped from their mothers and given up for adoption, he decided to open a personal struggle against the director of the service. In recent years, he goes on the road with a car covered with signs protesting against Las, and in recent elections is even created a party "against kidnapping children ".
In recent days, Malik was busy march against welfare, from Latrun to Jerusalem. For him, quite clear who the main culprit in his case.
"We have to prosecute those Blass, that is boss of all welfare officer," he said angrily.
"The court has become her rubber stamp. When my granddaughters abducted from their custody of my daughter, I did not understand their step. I am familiar, a respected businessman, and just stole my two granddaughters .
I made an appointment with those, I introduced her to my family, we showed her that this is not criminals or the needy and even invited her to our house. She said, 'I will consider. It never came.
The return granddaughters glimpses she said:
"All in good time.
So long as I got the impression that she had a sympathetic ear, she hears you, interested. She even left her phone number and said if I need help, I'll call. She gave me a feeling that one to turn to, but when I turned to her then, she just said that the House court will decide. "
But not only the biological parents who had contact with the Las out against it. Quite a few couples who came hoping to adopt a child complaining now been treated cold and dismissive. Joseph, from the center of the country, trying to adopt a child for four years. Recently, after it gave up the service for the child, commenced proceedings for adoption abroad. "There was a lack of cooperation on the part of almost total service," he says. "In the end I asked: You want to help me adopt a child or not? I was impressed that they have a lot of leeway they do not apply in the field, and instead, choose to make difficulties. People who want to adopt a cry of years because of the torture they were forced to move in those " .
"This was seen as a demonic, a man carrying a fateful role," says a senior official in the field of adoption. There were a lot of complaints against the cold and alienation, misunderstandings and endless bureaucracy. The prevailing view is that all foreign adoption files Las existed because of these.
– But what do that Israel is much less children couples who want to adopt?
It's true that she could not come up children for adoption when there is, but there is no reason that people will come out of it humiliated, with no relief or hope.
She may have tried to get the time to reach the children, but it is made up of opacity. It's always amounted forms, go here, you come on over, sign. Between the parents was a wall of paperwork. They, who are so delicate and sensitive, felt that treating human name. I do not think she's a bad person, it just was worn, it did its work automatically.
What to do on the issue of children and the adoption of automatic no.
Each case is an entire world.
She always said to parents: 'What's the rush you, there is time. Things smashed them. Couples wait, and wait until they moved to adopt the appropriate age, she spoke with insults. She had a lack of understanding misery.
Behind Closed Doors
Biological mother of "Baby Dispute": "When we had to say goodbye to the child, these did that for us the scene terribly. She acted as if we were murderers." bag well-publicized and perhaps the most complex in a transaction Las During her years in the service, it was known as the "Affair Baby Dispute ". In the case that fascinated the entire country, it will be recalled, have parents their baby for adoption, but soon after moved to a new family, regretted the decision. They turned to those Blass, but it made it clear to them that the baby will stay by his adoptive parents. The couple petitioned the court for the return of their son, and after a long and highly publicized trial in May 2005 the Supreme Court decided, with the encouragement of those in Las massive, leave the baby with the adoptive family.
"This is a woman who does well it works, and all the people working in service with no sympathy for the subject";
Claimed biological mother.
"Everyone treated me hideously, looked at me like I was a criminal. What hurt the most Scsngmr story and we had to part with the child, these did that for us the world's most difficult scene. She treated us like we're murderers.
I wanted to enjoy my last few minutes with my child, but she fears that I and my husband run away with him. We were honest all along, but she put all security personnel at me. Be a little man, you too have a mother. "
– When you gave the child up for adoption did you see her?
"I did not. These things comes into play only Mthrbshim her program. Until communication came into the picture, is not mentioned reach. It has no heart. Her whereabouts is closest to God, but is itself the most distant from God."
"In my opinion Affair 'disputed baby is just the tip of the iceberg conduct child welfare led by those in Las Over the years," says attorney Moshe Levy, who represented the biological parents in the case.
"It is inconceivable that a revised system of public administration, in a democracy, so officers will be staffed by level public officials with absolutely no criticism.
She kept running in the dark, under cover of closed doors, and the implications are clear. "
Las prefers to stay at this point as far from the spotlight. The last days she sits in her home in Ramat Hasharon luxurious and busy, she says, mainly at rest.
"I was a service manager, the smallest office. So what if I left ?, she says," I reached old age, I retired on my birthday after many years in public service, after the hard work that I've invested a lot and thought it was proper to place someone to replace me and put a new spirit and professional. I became a private person and I do not give interviews. This is my decision. I thank God for having had the strength to get up and leave when I'm still young. I left by choice, a clear head, as planned. I gave above and beyond and I have a right to retire and become a citizen as citizens of the state ".
– They say that in many cases a cry blunt, demonstrating insensitivity and lack of sensitivity. Do you wrong?
"I do not feel wrong. I worked hard all my life and now I'm a private person, the professionalism and discretion I turn the place and the stage that replaces Orna Hirschfeld
came into the job and the entire burden on her, and she needs to build itself and should not be judged by what glorified my name. It is not in place, it is irrelevant. In general, it was actually a lot said in the sensitive area was my strong point. "