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Online adoption agency resolves suit by Illinois AG

ABA Journal - 07/24/2014

The Adoption Network Law Center has entered into a consent decree to resolve a suit by the Illinois Attorney General’s office which was settled without any admission of liability or fault. The consent decree states that the Law Center is not licensed as an adoption agency in the state, and it can’t provide services or financial support to Illinois birth parents and must also stop any advertising that is targeted to Illinois.

Federal Government Considers Using Foster Care System For Immigrant Children

News 9 Oklahoma - 07/23/2014

The federal government is considering using Oklahoma foster care families for some of the undocumented children at Fort Sill which has raised concerns from Gov. Mary Fallin claiming the state is already dealing with a huge foster care crisis. But now Fallin says the Department of Health and Human Services has contacted DHS asking for foster families to house some of the younger children housed at Fort Sill. “Which takes away from Oklahoma Kids who are waiting to get into foster care systems,” said Fallin.

Florida moms putting kids up for adoption see Canada as promised land with ‘less racism’ than U.S.

National Post - 07/22/2014

“Many birth mothers are choosing to have their children placed in Canada because they feel that Canada is a much more open society and they feel they will have less exposure to racism here,” said Cathy Murphy, executive director of Ottawa-based international adoption agency. She stated it is sad to hear the reasons some mothers are choosing Canadian families to raise their children, but it is not surprising.

Casualties of China’s one-child policy

Financial Times - 07/22/2014

The basics are simple: Ricki’s parents had a girl when they needed to have a boy. The paternal grandmother demanded one and the rural culture expected one. They couldn’t afford to use their birth quota on a girl. But Ricki’s parents went against all reason and tried to keep her anyway, they did their best to hide her before the birth planning officials discovered her.

Adoption guidelines being simplified

The Times of India - 07/22/2014

Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi on Tuesday has said that the government would simplify adoption guidelines to minimize delay in adoption process. Some of the changes contemplated in the existing Guidelines are: provisions for linking the orphan/abandoned/surrendered children of all Child Care Institutions (CCIs) to the adoption system in the process and treating Non Resident Indians prospective adoptive parents at par with the domestic prospective adoptive parents.

To nail orphanage’s lies, adoptive parents seek to find kids’ biological ones

Mumbai Mirror - 07/21/2014

Lending strength to their search is the result of investigations into Shejar Chhaya’s functioning by government agencies, which showed that most children had been “procured like commodities” by the centre and put up for adoption – an astounding 900-plus over more than two decades.

Lawsuit Seeks Legal Counsel for Undocumented Kids at Immigration Hearings

Public News Service - 07/21/2014

Matt Adams, legal director for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says thousands of children each year are forced to face a government attorney by themselves at immigration hearings. He says children who have an attorney, usually provided at no cost by an organization like his, have a much better chance of proving that they qualify for refugee status. Adams points out there are many cases where children likely qualify for refugee status but are deported because they didn’t have an attorney.

Child Welfare Receives a Helping Hand

All Africa - 07/18/2014

Every year on 18 July, the international community joins South Africa in honouring the legacy of global icon Nelson Mandela in ways that acknowledge his values and his dedication to the service of humanity. In the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma encouraged all South Africans to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to cleaning up South Africa’s cities, villages and schools.

With Surge in Child Migrants, New York Forms Task Force on Aiding Them

The New York Times - 07/17/2014

New York City officials have formed a task force in response to the surging population of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America who have arrived in the city in recent months and swamped community-based groups in search of help for their deportation cases, health issues, school enrollment and other urgent needs.

Landrieu, 167 Members of Congress Lead Letter Urging the Release of 460 Stalled Adoptions

Press Release - 07/17/2014

Today, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, led 60 Senators and 107 Representatives from both parties in sending a letter to President Obama requesting his personal engagement to resolve over 900 international adoption cases of Congolese children who either have been or are in the process of being adopted by American families, yet who are unable to obtain Congolese exit permits due to a suspension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).