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Adopted kid reunited with birth mom 16 years later over Instagram

KUSA - 05/28/2014

Since he was a kid, Reed Cohen always knew he had been adopted. His two mothers made that very clear when they had an honest discussion with Reed about his past. He never got a chance to meet his birth mother. All he knew was her first name. Like many teenagers, Reed spends a lot of time on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram. After posting some baby pictures to his Instagram account, Reed discovered the person who ‘liked’ his pictures turned out to be his birth mother.

Democratic Republic of Congo: 15 Congolese adoptions resume in U.S. after public pressure

KWWL - 05/28/2014

Families attempting to adopt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were hopeful their pleas for help were being heard after months of pressuring government officials to lift a suspension of exit letters, a document required for their legally adopted children to leave the DRC.

China: In rural China, an innovative solution to reaching to vulnerable children

Unicef News - 05/27/2014

The Child Welfare Project was started in 2010 in 120 villages in five provinces to reach children affected by HIV/AIDS. Built on the same concept as the ‘barefoot doctors’, who became famous for bringing health care to rural areas in China, the idea is to reach poor and remote children in a cost-effective and efficient way.

Ireland: Adopted children fight Irish state secrecy to find parents

World Bulletin - 05/27/2014

Catholic Ireland’s system of compelling unwed mothers to give up their babies to secret adoptions ended in the 1980s, but thousands of mothers and children are still being kept apart.

NJ: Bill Gives NJ Adoptees Much More Access to Info on Birth Parents, Medical History

NJ Spotlight - 05/27/2014

People who were adopted in New Jersey would get access to their birth records – or, if their birth parents object, to their birth family’s medical history — under a bill heading to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk after a 34-year effort to enact such legislation. Also: Adoptees get right to original birth certificate in N.J.

US: International adoption bill orphaned

Washington Times - 05/20/2014

A bipartisan bill to reform international adoption in the U.S. is running into stiff opposition. Opponents counter that the proposed bill is an effort by adoption agencies to save the lucrative but dwindling practice of international adoption.

Adoptees can soon get pre-adoption birth certificates

KIRO 7 - 05/20/2014

A new law will open access to original, pre-adoption birth certificates for all Washington-born adult adoptees beginning in July, state officials announced Tuesday.

Adoptees praise law giving access to their birth records

Chicago Sun-Times - 05/20/2014

In the four years since Illinois became the most populous state in the U.S. to give adoptees the right to see their original birth certificates, about 10,500 individuals have obtained that vital piece of paper that most of us take for granted.

The Same-Sex Adoption Cases Playing Out In Utah While Marriage Is On Hold

Think Progress - 05/19/2014

In December, when a federal judge ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, over 1,300 same-sex couples married before the decision was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Though marriage itself was put on hold by the stay, the fate of those 1,300+ marriages was left unclear, and a fight over their legality has continued to play out since. In particular, several of those couples have been fighting for the right to legally adopt their own children.

Chile: Investigating Gerardo Joannon, Catholic Priest Accused of Stealing Babies For adoption

Reuters - 05/19/2014

Chile’s child welfare service is investigating reports that a Catholic priest was involved in giving babies up for adoption in the 1970s and 1980s without their parents’ knowledge, telling the biological mothers that their child had died.