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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.

Supreme Court Arguments in Indian Child Welfare Act ‘ICWA’ Case Set

National Law Review - 04/01/2014

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April 16 in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. The case involves important issues relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), including whether an Indian parent could object to an adoption of his child even though, under state law, he lacked parental standing and whether the ICWA applies when a child is not in an Indian home.

Adoptive parents’ research

Chicago Tribune - 03/31/2014

It is a travesty that adoptive families are forced to relinquish custody of their adopted child in order to obtain mental health services. An August 2013 report from The Donaldson Adoption Institute titled “A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health Professionals” reports that 81 percent of surveyed adoptive families currently see a therapist and only 25 percent of them find a therapist who is adoption competent.

Three (Parents) Can Be A Crowd, But For Some It’s A Family

NPR - 03/30/2014

In most states, children can have only two legal parents, and this leaves some families in limbo. “The reality is many children are being raise by more than two adults, and the courts do not have a remedy,” says Joyce Kauffman, a family lawyer in Boston who has worked on several of these cases. Forman hired her to help make his family photo possible, but there was a problem. Connecticut is one of those states without a three-parent option. Only a handful of places have allowed three-parent families: Louisiana, Delaware, Pennsylvania, D.C., Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts and Alaska.

Christie, help adoptees - 03/28/2014

The grassroots campaign by men and women who were adopted has had some successes over the years, persuading about a dozen states to restore their right to access their original birth certificates (OBCs), but the progress has been slow.

Qatar Court Convicts American Christian Couple Accused of Killing Their Child to Harvest Organs – but Trial Is Being Called a Sham

The Blaze - 03/27/2014

A judge in Qatar on Thursday handed down a guilty verdict to an American couple, Grace and Matthew Huang, and sentenced them to three years in prison in the death of their 8-year-old adopted daughter in a trial that has drawn scrutiny from the Obama administration and American legal experts over its integrity.

Adoption Bills Headed to Governor’s Desk

WILX10 - 03/27/2014

The Michigan Senate has passed three House-passed bills designed to speed up adoptions. The package aims to establish a more “efficient” adoption process that “gives a safety net for the mother” and creates better opportunities for Michigan children.