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US foster parents seeking to cancel adoption of Russian children knew their diagnoses

Tass Russian News Agency - 10/27/2014

According to Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, the American foster parents, who are seeking to cancel adoption of their Russian children on the grounds they knew nothing about the children’s health condition, did know their diagnoses, since they had a complete dossier on each child. They had a right to consult any doctor before adoption.

US Adoptive Parents’ Abandonment of Russian-Born Children Despicable: Ombudsman

RIA Novosti - 10/27/2014

Efforts by a US couple to vacate the adoption of two Russian-born children due to the children’s alleged mental disorders has raised concerns about the U.S. adoption system.

West Africa: Children orphaned by Ebola face long-term consequences

PBS - 10/27/2014

The growing death toll of the Ebola epidemic has left countless children facing a future without their moms and dads. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News visits three siblings in Sierra Leone who are being cared…

Facebook, pregnancy notifications and a father’s right to object to adoption

Washington Post - 10/27/2014

When a man and a woman have a child out of wedlock, and the woman puts up the child for adoption, the man is entitled to an opportunity to object and to raise the child himself…

Wife’s surprise brings veteran football coach to tears

USA Today - 10/27/2014

It was a reunion unlike any other for high school assistant football coach Robby Gilbert. Following the death of his mother last year, Gilbert, who was adopted as an infant, set out to track down his biological mother.

MU professor shares research, experience as mother who adopted children across racial lines

Columbia Missourian - 10/27/2014

With a gentle spin of a finger, Colleen Colaner shaped a tight, black curl on top of her daughter’s head. Camille Colaner, 11 months old, let out a playful squeal and reached for her mother. “Her…

Given up for adoption at birth, a young woman reclaims her life

Times of India - 10/26/2014

Adopted at birth by a family from the Netherlands Monisha had no security or love at home and no connection with her Indian roots. Removed from the care of her abusive adoptive parents, Monisha tells of her journey to reclaim her life.

National adoption month promotes and supports sibling connections - 10/24/2014

For the past 19 years, November has been recognized as National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.

Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

Reuters - 10/23/2014

The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children, state officials said. The state’s highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal.

As Decades of Korean Adoptions Dwindle, Identity Issues Remain

NBC News - 10/22/2014

Over the past few decades, thousands of Korean adoptees, like Oser, have embarked on their own quests for self — journeys punctuated by false starts, unexpected detours, and roundabout routes to discover what it means to be Korean. But such searches were not always as common as they are today.