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Reporter’s Notebook: My Son and Refugee Children at America’s Doorstep

Juvenile Justice - 08/28/2014

Fortunately, most Americans can see this political posturing for what it is and recognize that most of the children — children — who crossed the border aren’t spreading tentacles of crime and fear but doing their best to escape rampant violence and poverty and seeking a better life in America.

Adoption center applauds revisions, pushes for additional changes to bill

Akron Legal News - 08/28/2014

SB 250 has been revamped to permit an agency, attorney representing the person seeking to adopt the child, or an attorney representing the child’s mother, and with the mother’s written permission, to serve actual notice to a putative father of a child notifying the individual that the child’s mother is considering adoption. In addition, the adjusted bill requires that actual notice be served to a putative father prior to the child’s birth. “Actual notice” means written correspondence that is actually received by the putative father and includes personal service or certified mail.

Family Care May Not Be Best For Orphans Who Often Fare Better In Institutions

Medical Daily - 08/27/2014

A new study demonstrates that orphans living in institutions are as healthy and, in some ways, healthier than those in family-based care. In fact, the removal of a child from an institution or group home could worsen outcomes in five low- and middle-income countries. “We believe returning children from institutions to biological families may not result in the best outcomes, at least without significant intervention for the biological family, including supervision and follow-up,” said Dr. Kathryn Whetten, professor of public policy at Duke University and lead author of the study.

Adoption recruiter helps find homes for older children - 08/27/2014

Since October 2012, Sharon Wiesenhahn has been Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter for Clermont County. The most insidious myth, she said, is that children are in foster care because of something they did, or that they are “bad kids.” Nothing could be further from the truth, she said. Currently, four in 10 children in foster care in Clermont County are there because of parental drug addiction. To find prospective parents, Wiesenhahn goes through the child’s files and makes sure she gets to know the child. She also reviews the websites and A Family for Every Child. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the Dave Thomas Foundation provide crucial support and resources for recruiters, she said.

Eight in Adoption Abuse Case Agree to $17.5 Million Settlement With Foster Agencies

The New York Times - 08/27/2014

The woman, Judith Leekin, 69, who adopted the children in the 1980s and ’90s, was arrested in 2007 in Florida, where she had moved with them. She was later convicted of fraud and abuse charges and is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Eight young adults with disabilities who were fraudulently adopted by a Queens woman and subjected to years of abuse have agreed to a $17.5 million settlement of their lawsuit against three private New York foster care agencies that had placed them with the woman.

When babies get dumped in desperation

Independent Online - 08/27/2014

Ruth Stapleton, programme manager at the Peace Agency, said there were no baby dumping statistics available in South Africa. But based on a 2010 report, it was estimated 3 500 babies and children were abandoned. She stated abandonment was as a result of “sheer desperation”, adding that “extreme poverty, shame, cultural stigmas, rape and an inability to care for a child are probably the biggest factors”. Jackie Branfield, chief executive of the non-profit Bobbi Bear, said men’s failure to take responsibility was also a major contributing. “If we can’t value a pregnant young woman, how will she value a child inside her?”

Thailand’s Business in Paid Surrogates May Be Foundering in a Moral Quagmire

The New York Times - 08/26/2014

Others described surrogacy as the exploitation of the weak and poor by wealthy couples from more developed nations. “This is a symbol of moral erosion,” said Kaysorn Vongmanee, the head of the public health department in Pak Ok. “It’s a symbol that people are concerned above all with money.”

Local couple victimized by woman who faked pregnancy


The Clarks and other victims say the Newark woman apparently worked friend-of-a-friend contacts and stalked Facebook adoption pages to carry out bizarre hoaxes, feigning pregnancy and adoption plans for weeks before killing off a couple’s dream of family with a gruesome tale of stillbirth.

Former Gillette Resident To Be Honored In DC For Adoption Advocacy

Basin Radio - 08/25/2014

Douglas resident Kim Hansel, formerly of Gillette, has been selected as a 2014 Angels in Adoption awardee for her outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues as editor of Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today magazines. Hansel is being honored for her work as editor of Adoption Today and Fostering Families Today, as well as editor of The Foster Parenting Toolbox. For more than 13 years, Hansel has worked to positively impact the lives of adoptees, children in foster care and their families through helping to create publications that uniquely address the parenting needs of foster children and parents.

Partners for Our Children Builds ‘Data Portal’ for Policymakers to Improve Child Welfare System

Huffington Post - 08/25/2014

The Data Portal will be instrumental in implementing policies (HB 1774 and HB 1566) that passed in the 2013 legislative session in Washington State aimed at measuring the performance of the child welfare system, specifically measuring outcomes related to educational attainment, safety, permanency and child well-being. This level of transparency is critical in understanding if the child welfare system and all of the providers and partners that work with it are effectively improving outcomes for some of the most vulnerable children in our communities.