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Bob Kerr: They knew life would be better with kids in the house

Providence Journal - 04/05/2014

Michael and Leslie Forget had finished raising two children who were grown and had moved out of the house. Faced with an empty nest they found the new home to be too quiet and unsettling. “This house was always full of people coming and going,” said Leslie. They decided to fill the house again by becoming foster parents to children facing tough situations. This later led them to consider adoption after understanding the difficulty of multiple transitions the children had been through. After much talk and work with their social workers and the Family court, the children now have a forever home with their new family.

Haiti’s new adoption rules aim to protect children

Christian Science Monitor - 04/04/2014

The Hague Adoption Convention took effect in Haiti this week after Haitian officials demonstrated their country has adopted legislation to follow the treaty’s provisions. Foreigners seeking to adopt a child from Haiti will now have better assurances the new family member wasn’t trafficked.

Abandoned Babies: Bundle of Tragedy

Business Insider - 04/04/2014

China’s pilot program “baby havens” allow parents to anonymously abandon their unwanted babies in baby hatches. However, the program is facing criticism due to the high rate of babies abandoned. Proponents of the program claim the program is beneficial and also a civil duty for its people. However, critics claim the program increases the rate of abandoned babies, especially babies with severe health problems. The program has created even more controversy surrounding the country’s one-child policy.

Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia

Christianity Today - 04/04/2014

Russia’s controversial annexation of Crimea from Ukraine has stalled all U.S. adoptions from the disputed Black Sea peninsula. Crimea contains more than 30 orphanages with approximately 3,500 children, according to a 2013 government report. In 2012, nearly 150 orphans were adopted, including 48 by foreigners.

Pressure intensifies on Obama over deportations

The Washington Post - 04/04/2014

Latino lawmakers memo says: We write to recommend administrative actions that DHS should take to end the needless separation of American families caused by the deportation of immigrants with strong family ties and deep roots in the United States.

Illinois may end ‘planned abandonment’

Illinois Times - 04/03/2014

Dan Hoy was adopted by Toni and Jim Hoy of Ingleside when he was 2 years old. Now 19, he spoke last week to lawmakers at a legislative hearing in Springfield, asking for the passage of a bill that would have prevented much of his family’s battle in fighting to afford health care for their son’s psychiatric illnesses. The Hoys couldn’t afford the expensive care Dan needed at a residential facility, but the state wouldn’t pay for it unless the Hoys relinquished their custody of Dan in what’s known as a “planned abandonment” or a “lockout.” It was then that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services issued the Hoys an ultimatum.

Chinese parents compete with foreign applicants to adopthealthy babies

People Daily - 04/03/2014

It now takes nine to 10 years on average to adopt a healthy child from Shanghai’s orphanages, according to Chen Zhanbiao, director of the Marriage and Adoption Registration Division of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau. The problem is that the majority of the orphans here have serious disabilities,” Chen said, adding that domestic families don’t want children with any kind of disability. “When domestic families adopt, it’s mostly functional. They’d like to adopt a healthy girl so that when they get old someone can take care of them. But some foreign families adopt simply out of a kind heart. They accept children with certain disabilities.”

Gay Adoption: A Birth Mother Shares Her Incredible Story

Huffington Post - 04/02/2014

Mercy Verner was faced with the difficulty of an unplanned pregnancy and after considering adoption she was fearful of not being able to experience her child growing up. She searched through websites of prospective families but none seemed right until she stumbled across a website that dealt with same-sex couples and also learned about open adoption. She states she made the best decision for both her and her child as she is able to have a relationship with her daughter and her adoptive family.

Facing the Skepticism in Adoption, in Qatar and in the U.S.

The New York Times - 04/02/2014

Matthew and Grace Huang, a couple of Asian heritage from Los Angeles, were sentenced last week in Qatar to three years in prison after being found guilty of killing their 8-year-old adopted daughter. In January 2013, the Huangs rushed their daughter, Gloria, to a hospital in Qatar, where they lived with their three African-born children. After her death, the couple was arrested and accused of withholding food and water from the girl for four days, which they deny. The couple said they are being unjustly targeted because of local misunderstandings about interracial families and adoption. The Huangs say Gloria had eating disorders caused by her impoverished childhood in Ghana and often refused food.

Utah governor signs bill to strengthen adoption regulations, notify more birth fathers

StarTribune - 04/02/2014

Single mothers will no longer be able to travel to Utah to put kids up for adoption without first notifying their children’s fathers now that state legislators have changed a law that critics said cleared a path for kidnapping and fraud. The measure’s sponsor says the revision will allow responsible fathers to challenge adoptions, giving them a chance to remain in their children’s lives. “Treating the men responsibly and including them in the process is simply an ethical practice,” said Adam Pertman, president of the Donaldson Adoption Institute.