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Congress Returns With Long List–Short Period of Work
Children's Monitor - 09/09/2014
The Senate has reconvened to work through a list of bills including HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.’ The legislation would reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Fund for three years and extend it to guardianship placements. It would also extend the Family Connections Grants by one year through this current fiscal year of 2014. The grants help kinship navigator programs and by extension kinship families, it also funds family finding efforts to help connect children in foster care with extended family members.
In Korea, adoptees Fight to Change culture that sent them overseas
NPR - 09/09/2014
For the first time in South Korean history, the country’s adoption law has been rewritten by some of the very people who have lived its consequences. Two years ago last month, South Korea’s Special Adoption Law was amended to add accountability and oversight to the adoption process. The new law focuses on “The Government shall endeavor to reduce the number of Korean children adopted abroad,” the law states, “as part of its duties and responsibilities to protect children.”
Failed adoptions traumatic
Columbus Dispatch - 09/07/2014
Adoption advocates agree that abusive or ill-equipped parents or a child with severe problems can be reasons an adoption fails. But they also say there is not enough post-adoption financial support to help the new families adjust and thrive.
Prospective parents typically envision a “dream child,” Van Slyck said. “When the child doesn’t turn out to be what they dreamed about and has a lot of emotional and behavioral problems, to the point that it is disrupting their families … they give up.”
Japan’s institutionalised children
BBC News - 09/06/2014
The rate is the highest among industrialised nations, the report warned, with as few as one in 10 children eventually moving to a family environment through fostering or adoption. As a result, tens of thousands of Japanese children live in understaffed institutions, often enduring cramped conditions, bullying, violence and social stigma as a result. Describing the situation in Japan as “heartbreaking”, Japanese director at Human Rights Watch Kanae Doi said the government was prioritising a care policy heavily dependent on institutions over the rights of children to a family life.
Grandparents raising grandchildren – a graying trend
Chicago Post Tribune - 09/05/2014
The McGuires are among the rising ranks of gray-haired guardians and caregivers for their grandchildren. About 7 million grandparents across the country had grandchildren under 18 living with them in their homes, according to the 2012 U.S. Census data. The reality for many of these grandparents includes daily struggles, sacrifices and emotional tolls they never planned for. McGuire said, “the bottom line is, don’t be afraid to take on the role of mom and dad. That is what these children really need.”
Children in Nepal orphanages “at risk of abuse’
Agence France-Presse - 09/04/2014
Private orphanages have mushroomed across Nepal in the absence of a state-run welfare system, their growth fuelled by corruption and the prospect of attracting donations from foreigners, activists say. Agents recruit children from rural Nepal for a fee, promising their parents a good education in a private school in the city. Once in the shelter, the children are passed off as orphans in the hope of attracting donations for their care, mainly from well-meaning foreigners, according to activists.
Uganda fears for children as overseas adoptions boom
Agence France-Presse - 09/02/2014
An official report, details of which were published on Tuesday by the New Vision newspaper, said a boom in what it called the “international adoption industry” had led to some children who were not even orphans being taken into care for adoption or child sponsorship schemes. A child rights activist states “The report fails to recognize the criminal, intimidating and unethical activities that are being carried out by lawyers, orphanages and adoption agencies to ensure that children continue to be made available for international adoption rather than be resettled with their own families or placed into families in-country.”
Politicians demand stop to subsidies for adoptive parents who sent their kids away
New York Daily News - 09/02/2014
Currently, unless adoptive parents voluntarily terminate their parental rights or volunteer to stop getting the checks, they’ll continue receiving them until the child turns 21. In a statement, ACS said it “has worked and will continue to work with” OCFS to “seek permission from the federal government to discontinue the adoption subsidy after an adoptive child is returned to foster care and to encourage more flexibility in the guidelines.”
Woman to change plea in adoption scam case
Associated Press - 09/02/2014
A court notation Tuesday shows 34-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Sept. 17 before a federal magistrate judge in Kansas City, Kansas. Prosecutors allege Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals, pretending she was pregnant and seeking to give up her unborn child for adoption. The indictment contends prospective parents bought her meals and gifts, believing she was willing to let them adopt her baby after birth.
Rare Bipartisanship in Canberra may allow overseas adoption
Australian Public News - 09/02/2014
Australian families hoping to adopt a child from overseas could soon be able to do so, thanks to a rare moment of bipartisanship in Canberra this week. “Under the amendments to be made by this bill, children will be able to be granted citizenship as soon as the adoption is finalised,” he had said.