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Can Cambodia’s orphanage system be reformed?

Aljazeera - 09/29/2014

Three years ago, Cambodia’s minister of social Affairs announced 70 privately run orphanages would be closed, effective immediately. An investigation, he said, had found these centers did not provide basic care and security for children living there. They had to shut down.

Total U.S. Child Welfare Spending Drops for First Time in Decades

The Chronicle of Social Change - 09/29/2014

An across-the-board downturn in federal dollars sparked an overall decline in child welfare spending, according to research by the group Child Trends, and it did not fall by a slight percentage. Total local federal, state and local spending, which is measured every other year by Child Trends, declined by $2.3 billion between 2010 and 2012, down from $30.5 billion to $28.2 billion.

Number of US Kids in Foster Care Up After Long Dip

Associated Press - 09/29/2014

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005.

Search for birth mother brings more questions than answers - 09/28/2014

Given up for adoption soon after she [Susan Johnson, 51] was born, she wants to reach out and tell her mother she has had a good life. But her adoption in Watauga County was closed, meaning the record of her birth parents remains sealed. “What am I to do next? I can’t get the original birth certificate because it’s sealed. I have nothing to start with. It’s like a fill-in-the-blank test in school, but nothing to fill in the blanks. No name, no dates, no places.”

Stephanie Grace: Rubin’s powerful argument for fairness

The Advocate - 09/28/2014

In the long run, 15th Judicial District Court Judge Edward Rubin’s opinion granting a Lafayette woman the right to adopt the young son of her spouse, who happens to be another woman, probably won’t make much difference. Rubin’s decision, which explicitly recognizes the legality of the two parents’ out-of-state marriage, is bound for the Louisiana Supreme Court, on an appeal by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Alaska Supreme Court decision effectively blocks Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act

Alaska Federation of Natives - 09/26/2014

On September 12, 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision that will effectively bar most Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act and in doing so will increase the number of Native children severed from their families and their culture.

GoFundMe Being Used To Help Those Looking To Adopt - 09/26/2014

There is a new online trend for parents hoping to adopt. Adoption experts say more couples are using go fund me websites to raise the money to adopt a child. Fox’s Valerie Boey talked to one couple hoping to raise thousands of dollars online. They’re trying to raise $30,000 by October 4th so they can adopt a new born baby. They set up a Go Fund Me account to raise donations.

Bulgaria makes slow progress in curbing child abandonment

Medical Xpress - 09/26/2014

Bulgaria, which won dark distinction from the United Nations for having the world’s highest rate of child abandonment, has made progress but poverty and cultural practice continue to hamper efforts to protect its most vulnerable, an independent report said Friday.

Children in need: the new reality of international adoption

Euro News - 09/26/2014

The road to adoption is long and difficult. It is even more so in international cases , which can be a chaotic, dispiriting obstacle course where the outcome is never certain. In Vietnam, the 1993 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children came into force in 2012.

The Fake Birth Mothers Who Bilk Couples Out of Their Cash by Promising Future Babies

Pacific Standard - 09/25/2014

Last week, Chrystal Marie Rippey from Marshall, Texas, pleaded guilty in federal court to adoption fraud (wire fraud, technically). She wasn’t pregnant, but she told adoption agencies and various couples that she was so that she could collect the money and housing they were happy to give her while she brought their future (non-existent) babies to term.