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Braley-Introduced Resolution on Congolese Adoptions Overwhelmingly Passes House

KIOW - 07/08/2014

The United States House of Representatives today passed H.Res 588—a resolution that Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced with Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-07) and a bipartisan coalition—in an overwhelming and bipartisan fashion. The resolution officially requests that the Congolese government resume processing adoption cases and issuing exit permits which have been stalled, keeping parents like Michael and Erin Peat of Dubuque from bringing home their two children.

U.S. senators say federal action may be needed to curb ‘re-homing’

Reuters - 07/08/2014

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday that the federal government may have to take a stronger role to stop parents from transferring custody of their adopted children to strangers they meet on the Internet.

How The New Adoption Incentives Would Work

The Chronicle of Social Change - 07/08/2014

Among the changes: new incentive categories, new spending requirements for the incentives, and most importantly, a complete overhaul of how the incentive amounts are determined.

Equality Virginia Launches Second-Parent Adoption Blog

Metro Weekly - 07/08/2014

Equality Virginia, the commonwealth’s major LGBT-rights organization, launched the first of five planned blog posts highlighting the stories of same-sex couples raising children who have encountered difficulties due to Virginia’s prohibition on second-parent adoption by same-sex couples, which stems from a constitutional amendment that bans the commonwealth from recognizing any same-sex marriage or form of same-sex relationship that is similar to marriage.

‘Re-homing’ to be topic of U.S. Senate hearing

Reuters - 07/07/2014

A U.S. Senate subcommittee will hear testimony Tuesday about how the federal government can stop parents from transferring custody of their adopted children to strangers met on the Internet. The hearing comes in response to a Reuters investigation into the practice, known as “private re-homing,” which bypasses the government’s child welfare system.

Dispatches: For Russian Orphans With Disabilities, a Life of Obstacles

Human Rights Watch - 07/07/2014

When Alexei approached a local government agency in St. Petersburg about fostering Timofei, a 14-year-old orphan with cerebral palsy, officials were blunt: “You won’t manage. And anyway, a child with a disability will never live a full life.” But, as Russia celebrates the Day of the Family on July 8, Alexei and Timofei’s story is a stark reminder of how far this country has to go in supporting vulnerable children and families. “It is happy news,” Alexei told me, “But we still face one obstacle after another.”

A ‘Band-Aid’ for 800 children

Washington Post - 07/05/2014

Sandigo is Miami’s most popular solution to a growing problem in immigration enforcement affecting what the government refers to as “mixed-status families.” A quarter of people deported from the United States now say they are parents of U.S.-citizen minors, which means more than 100,000 American children lose a parent to deportation each year. A few thousand of those children lose both parents. “Immigration orphans,” is how the government refers to this group.

Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It

New York Times - 07/05/2014

Other than the United States, only a few countries including India, Thailand, Ukraine and Mexico allow paid surrogacy. As a result, there is an increasing flow in the opposite direction, with the United States drawing affluent couples from Europe, Asia and Australia. Indeed, many large surrogacy agencies in the United States say international clients who are gay, straight, married or single provide the bulk of their business.

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

The Center for Public Integrity - 07/03/2014

Child legal advocates are worried some Central American kids turning themselves in at the border could be returned to peril if Congress amends laws to speed up their repatriation to home countries.

Obama seeks change to law that protects immigrant kids

USA Today - 07/02/2014

The president is now asking Congress to amend the law in a way that would allow Border Patrol agents to render a deportation decision themselves and quickly deport the children back to their home country.