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America’s Unseen Export: Children, Most of Them Black

Pacific Standard - 06/24/2014

“Just as the U.S. looks to China and other countries, Canadians look to the United States,” says Jane Turner of Adopt Illinois, a private adoption agency. Adopt Illinois is one of 26 agencies in the U.S. accredited by the State Department to handle adoptions involving an American-born child and foreign parents.

Adoptive families want help for special needs children

WTHR - 06/23/2014

Indiana has 10,000 children in foster care across the state. Thousands of families caring for those children are no longer getting adoption subsidy payments, prompting a class action lawsuit and a renewed call for help.

Who I Am: The Rights of an Adoptee

New York Times - 06/22/2014

This is about people who had no say in their adoption simply having a right to know who they are, to know their genetic heritage. Those of us who aren’t adopted should be able to understand this. And yet, tired arguments about protecting birth mothers have prevented passage of good legislation again this year. The next session is just months away, and I urge the Legislature to pass a fair bill.

Louisiana governor signs law prohibiting non-legalized re-adoption of children

Jurist - 06/22/2014

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice of privately transferring custody of unwanted adopted children to unrelated individuals. This practice, called re-homing or non-legalized adoption, has come under scrutiny recently following a report documenting the abuses that tend to follow from such exchanges.

US adopts highest number of Indian children

Times of India - 06/21/2014

Most children adopted from India end up in homes in the US, followed by Italy. Data from a reply to an RTI filed by TOI with Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) shows that 662 children were adopted by Americans between 2010 and 2013. A total of 377 children were sent to Italy, while 149 were found homes in Spain and 88 in UAE. Related: Less than 20,000 children adopted in four

Children of illegal adoption clinic look to find family decades later

WRCB 3 Chattanooga - 06/21/2014

Paul Payne has known since the age of 5 that he was adopted. Born in McCaysville, Georgia he grew up in Florida but never knew the story behind his adoption until the 90’s when news broke of an off the book clinic in McCaysville that operated in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Post-adoption services expand

Hickory Record - 06/19/2014

The Child Wellbeing Project is expanding to assist adoptive families in an eight-county region of North Carolina. The program uses the success coach model of post-adoption services.

BAAF matches record number of children with adoptive families

Family Law Week - 06/18/2014

The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) matched over 1,000 children with adoptive families over the past year. This is the first time in its 34 years of ‘Placing Children First’ that BAAF’s family finding services have done so.

Adoption of orphans on downward trend

Ecns - 06/18/2014

The number of orphans adopted in China has been falling since 2010, according to an annual report from the top civil affairs authority on Tuesday.

Adoptees’ bill of rights getting late push in Albany

Newsday - 06/18/2014

A bill of rights for adoptees is part of the final days of negotiation in Albany and could provide new hope to people who are adopted and to the birth parents who may be desperately seeking to contact them.