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Prosecutions over illegal adoptions may follow investigation into mother-and-baby homes

RTE News - 01/09/2015

The minister agreed that the recent admission by the Adoption Authority that thousands of illegal adoptions may have taken place in Ireland could lead to the commission informing the gardaí of such practices and to prosecutions where appropriate.

Please don’t tell me I was lucky to be adopted

The Washington Post - 01/09/2015

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering where I came from, who I looked like, when my real birthday was and if my mother was thinking about me when I was thinking about her.

Gay and married in Louisiana

Times-Picayune - 01/08/2015

But their lawyer also offered some disturbing hypotheticals that are possible because their marriage is not recognized in Louisiana. If Van Sickels were to die, the carefully rendered legal documents that are intended to give Bond custody of the child all are subject to legal challenge.

Former International Program Director of Adoption Agency Pleads Guilty to Ethiopian Adoption Fraud Scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice - 01/08/2015

Harding and his co-conspirators provided cash and all-expense paid travel to the head of a regional ministry for women’s and children’s affairs in exchange for his approval of IAG’s applications for intercountry adoptions

American to Face Trial in Guatemala Adoption Case

Associated Press - 01/08/2015

The arrest warrant for Bailey was issued in 2008 and charged her with taking children and putting them up for illegal adoption for fees as high as $40,000.

Inter-country adoptions: Delhi High Court seeks process of adoption in US

The Economic TImes - 01/08/2015

At present, India has laws which deal only with adoption of orphaned, abandoned and surrendered child… However, there are no guidelines for direct inter-country adoptions and there is no law for regulating the same.

Taking on South Korea’s adoption taboo

BBC - 01/06/2015

The taboo arises because the importance of blood-lines in Korea is ancient and deep-rooted. Korean Confucianism places great emphasis on ancestors… Who you are and your character is based on your family so if you do not have information about your family, you might find yourself having barriers in life.”

Face of Defense: Soldier Reunites With Birth Mother

U.S. Department of Defense - 01/05/2015

“We went and saw the nursery room full of little babies, all waiting to be adopted,” the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade said. “And then [my birth mother] walked in. I couldn’t remember her face, but when we shared our first hug, it was like she had never left.”

An Adoption Journey Through the Holidays – Jennie Dunn and April Dinwoodie collaborate on a piece that explores the adoption experience during the holidays.

Adoption Today Magazine - 01/05/2015

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the number of adopted children younger than 18 was 1.5 million. With no single source for the total number of children adopted in the United States, and no straightforward way of determining the total number of adoptions it is hard to know exactly how many adopted people there are, but some estimates range at approximately 5 to 6 million in the United States alone.

New Hampshire adoptee ‘open records’ law praised on 10th anniversary

The Washington Times - 01/05/2015

In subsequent years, roughly 100 adoptees have asked for their records each year. Very few birth parents file contact-preference forms, but those that do want to meet.