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Maryville man sentenced in fake adoption scheme
WCYB - 12/19/2014
According to the U.S. attorney’s office in Knoxville, 49-year-old Kevin Scott Thibault gave the foster parents fake adoption papers with the forged signatures of judges.
In an Orphanage, But Not Orphaned, in Sierra Leone
The New York Times - 12/18/2014
Go overseas, fall in love with an orphan, bring the child home, and poof, you’re a parent. But when I fell in love with Alhaji, a 5-year-old-boy I met in an orphanage in Sierra Leone, it wasn’t that simple.
‘A Home For The Holidays,’ CBS Show, To Feature First Gay Couple
Huffington Post - 12/18/2014
As the last reason, I asked Jared to agree to do the show for the opportunity it presents for our community of LGBT parents, families and their children. Present and future. Our participation would not really be about us as individuals or as a family. Instead, our family’s inclusion in the show might be a small step toward equality.
Guatemala arrests US fugitive in illegal adoptions
The Houston Chronicle - 12/17/2014
The arrest warrant for Bailey was issued in 2008 and charged her with taking children and putting them up for illegal adoption for fees as high as $40,000, according to a statement released by prosecutors.
Waiting 7 Years, 19 Guatemalan Children Still in Orphanages Hoping to Unite With Adoptive Families; Bipartisan Group of US Senators Urge Action
The Christian Post - 12/17/2014
While progress has been made in finalizing some of the adoptions of Guatemalans adopted by American parents before intercountry adoptions were shut down in 2008, 19 children remain in orphanages waiting to join their families. A bipartisan group of 19 U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Guatemalan ambassador, urging his government to allow those kids to be raised by their family.
How one white mother talked to her two black children about racism in America
The Washington Post - 12/17/2014
All of this fuels her desire to see that agencies working in interracial adoption discuss the reality that race does matter in U.S. society. White parents who adopt black children should do so understanding that a parent’s love does not mitigate institutional racism, she argues. And preparing a white child to enter the world is a different prospect than preparing a black child to do so.
Legislators Seek to Overturn Anti-Gay Birth Certificate Law
Texas Observer - 12/17/2014
Many judges in Texas routinely grant joint adoptions to same-sex couples, so the legislation wouldn’t create new parental rights. But not having accurate birth certificates causes problems when it comes to enrolling children in school, adding them to insurance policies, admitting them for medical care and obtaining passports.
NJ Woman shares story of embryo adoption
New York Daily News - 12/17/2014
She decided she wanted to adopt again, but in a different way. Instead of adopting a newborn or a foster child, Wismer adopted an embryo from a young couple and had it transplanted to her uterus, and is expecting her child on Aug. 3.
Redstone couple’s adoptions, foster care reunite 5 siblings
Aspen Times - 12/16/2014
The Woffords knew it would be best for the kids to be together. They were able to add Aniayh to their family, thanks to tightening their belts and making lifestyle adjustments to accommodate their growing family. They moved from their 800-square-foot cottage on Redstone Boulevard to the first floor of Bob’s dad’s house a few doors down.
Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge
The Telegraph - 12/16/2014
In the case of “B-S”, Sir James said judges were becoming increasingly alarmed at the frequency with which children were being put forward for adoption when less “drastic” measures, such as being cared for by other relations, known as kinship care, had not been considered… Adoption groups said it threw the system into paralysis as social workers scrambled to carry out extra assessments on children and explore alternatives believing adoption was now only for extreme cases.