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Adoption Documents to be Digitized
The Korea Herald - 12/15/2014
The state-run organization plans to track down the representatives of seven other shuttered adoption agencies and archive any remaining documents that they may have next year… Of the 1,033 Korean transnational adoptees surveyed last year by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, 83 percent said they were interested in finding their birth family, with 71 percent saying they had pursued the search already. However, only 28 percent of those who searched were able to reunite with their birth parents. Those who were most inclined to search for their birth parents were individuals who had been treated for mental conditions, who had a hard time adjusting as transnational or transracial adoptees, or who had experienced a severe identity crisis, according to the research.
When Grandma’s House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies
NPR - 12/15/2014
“Once the recession occurred, we actually saw a real uptick in the number of kids living with their grandparents, and now the numbers are close to 8 million,” says Gretchen Livingston, who has studied the trend for the Pew Research Center. “To put that in perspective, that means that about 1 in 10 kids are living with a grandparent.”
A careful look at adoption in Mongolia
The UB Post - 12/14/2014
According to the National Statistical Office of Mongolia, over 2,500 children were adopted by local families and brought them happiness. Looking at more comprehensive statistics, approximately 10,300 children were adopted from 2009 to 2013, out which 113 were adopted to foreign families..Organizations working for children in Mongolia attempt to arrange placement with Mongolian families rather than foreign families in order to keep children happy in their homeland.
Campaign celebrates 22,000 child adoptions
Commercial-News - 12/14/2014
Since the launch of the original campaign in 2004, more than 22,000 children who were once photo-listed on the AdoptUSKids website now live with their adoptive families, and more than 35,000 families have registered to adopt through AdoptUSKids, according to AdoptUSKids… According to AdoptUSKids, there are nearly 102,000 children (under 18 years of age) waiting for adoption from the foster care system in the U.S. Approximately 23 percent of children and youth actively photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website and waiting for placement in adoptive homes were registered with one or more siblings.
Newborns: Unknown, Abandoned, Unwanted
Dawn - 12/14/2014
The number of unnamed infants who die a brutal death are many, we are told, but nobody knows how many. News reports of children abandoned at trash sites around the city each year clamber into the hundreds, but there are no official records that can serve as an indictment. Unicef has no authentic statistics of such cases in the country, while the Edhi Centre and Chippa Welfare Association have no mechanism that regulates or records the exact figures of children recovered from trash sites, or given away for adoption… “My mama showed me the green floral swaddle she found me in, and the following days I could not help but wonder where I came from. I had countless questions on my mind; who are my parents? Why did they not want me?” recalls Lillian, wiping away her tears.
Group gives support to adoptees, birth and adoptive parents
The Dallas Morning News - 12/14/2014
Fifteen adoptees, birth mothers, adoptive mothers and even a birth father — a rarity at DFW Triad — gathered around Demuth during a meeting this fall at the Buckner campus. They covered an array of topics: courage, grief, shame, adoptee-birth mother relationships, access to sealed adoption records. They gave updates on their searches, reunions and splits. They shared advice and laughs. They passed around photos of long-severed biological ties that had been rejoined… “Sometimes when you seek to create that sameness you’d have with a biological child, you’re actually putting up a wall, whereas when you’re able to talk about your losses and the child’s losses, you’re creating an intimacy,” Demuth says.
Staff Picks: Transracial Adoptions, From The Adoptee’s View
NPR - 12/14/2014
MARTIN: So what’s the solution? How do you prepare kids?
GOLLER-SOJOURNER: I don’t have, like, a check list. But if I did, it would sound something like this. If you don’t have any close friends or know people who look like your kid before you adopt a kid then why are you adopting that kid? So your child should not be your first black friend. You know? Where are you living? It’s interesting, you know, people cross the country for a job, but they won’t move two neighborhoods over so that their kid can go to a more diverse school. Somebody’s going to have to be uncomfortable. I don’t think it should be the parent.
An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’
The New York Times - 12/13/2014
An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’ But the worst off, by far, are the Ebola orphans. The United Nations Children’s Fund, or Unicef, says that across the region there may be 10,000 of them. Many are stigmatized and shunned by their own communities… “If there’s an earthquake or a war, and you lose a mother or a father, an aunt will take care of you,” said Roeland Monasch, head of Unicef’s office in Sierra Leone. “But this is different. These children aren’t being taken in by extended family. This isn’t like the AIDS orphans.”
Stivers and Bass introduce bill to protect adopted children from exploitation, abuse
Perry Daily - 12/12/2014
Currently, there are no federal laws in place that prohibit the practice of re-homing, which can open the door to child abuse, neglect, exploitation and an all-around unsafe environment for children. Due to a lack of federal laws regarding re-homing, individuals are currently using online mediums, such as Craigslist, to transfer custody of children… The bill also recommends legislation to define adoption in an effort to encourage and facilitate the safe placement of a child with a nurturing family that has been properly vetted by the child-welfare system.
Heart to Home: addressing the needs of all in adoption
The Independent - 12/11/2014
Heart to Home is a private placing agency that helps to not only facilitate the adoption process for those who have chosen to place their children for adoption, but also see to the needs of all parties.