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Children Flee For Their Lives, Says Journalist Covering Border Crisis

NPR - 07/17/2014

Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Sonia Nazario about her trip to Honduras, the epicenter of violence that has gripped Central America, and pushed north tens of thousands of migrant children.

Hundreds of immigrant children are transported far north of the border

Crtistian Science Monitor - 07/16/2014

Hundreds of immigrant children have been taken north of the U.S.-Mexico border to stay with relatives or in temporary government or charitable facilities. Governors there say they’ve been kept in the dark.

New Adoption Deal Should Take on Subsidies Fraud

The Chronicle of Social Change - 07/16/2014

As the Children’s Law Center’s Broken Adoption Project members, we applaud Congress on reaching a deal on H.R. 4980. The bill offers states a new framework to calculate adoption incentives, support post-adoption services, track broken adoptions, and combat youth sex trafficking. Unfortunately, it appears the bill has no teeth when it comes to how states use the broken adoption data to inform its allocation of adoption subsidies.

Alaska Law Doesn’t Cover Online Adoption Ads

KTUU - 07/16/2014

When it comes to adoption, Alaska has many strict and clearly defined laws. But there is one gray area that has adoption experts concerned — the advertisement of adoptions in online communities like

Lawmakers unveil bipartisan fix to child immigrant crisis at border

Washington Post - 07/15/2014

In what may present a path toward legislative action on the overflow of child immigrants at the southern border, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, both of Texas, will on Tuesday introduce a bill that would amend the 2008 law that many critics believe is hampering efforts to address the humanitarian crisis.

Plain answers to complex questions about border crisis A vexing crisis at the border

Dallas Morning News - 07/14/2014

News reports that 50,000-plus Central American children have been stopped this year at the border with Mexico make it easy to believe tens of thousands of them are being held there in cramped conditions. The actual numbers are much lower.

Future of Rwanda’s Orphans Still Uncertain

Inter News Service - 07/14/2014

Deborah and the other siblings are just some of the estimated 2,171 children today languishing in 29 orphanages across the east African country, says Annet Birungi, a communications consultant for Rwanda’s National Commission for Children (NCC) and UNICEF.

A vexing crisis at the border

US News and World Report - 07/14/2014

The influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United States is a wrenching humanitarian crisis, and the federal government’s handling of it will create an indelible impression around the world of America’s commitment to human rights and child welfare.

Court urges legal provision to deal with child adoption racket

IANS Live - 07/11/2014

Taking note of the big racket of illegal sale of children for adoption existing in many parts of the country, a court here has urged the authorities to make it an offence punishable under the Indian Penal Code.

High court finds for foster parents in adoption case

Topeka Capital - 07/11/2014

Ruling limits appeals process in child in need of care cases. Also: Judges win final say on placements of unfit parents’ children.