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Dispatches: For Russian Orphans With Disabilities, a Life of Obstacles
Human Rights Watch - 07/07/2014
When Alexei approached a local government agency in St. Petersburg about fostering Timofei, a 14-year-old orphan with cerebral palsy, officials were blunt: “You won’t manage. And anyway, a child with a disability will never live a full life.” But, as Russia celebrates the Day of the Family on July 8, Alexei and Timofei’s story is a stark reminder of how far this country has to go in supporting vulnerable children and families. “It is happy news,” Alexei told me, “But we still face one obstacle after another.”
A ‘Band-Aid’ for 800 children
Washington Post - 07/05/2014
Sandigo is Miami’s most popular solution to a growing problem in immigration enforcement affecting what the government refers to as “mixed-status families.” A quarter of people deported from the United States now say they are parents of U.S.-citizen minors, which means more than 100,000 American children lose a parent to deportation each year. A few thousand of those children lose both parents. “Immigration orphans,” is how the government refers to this group.
Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It
New York Times - 07/05/2014
Other than the United States, only a few countries including India, Thailand, Ukraine and Mexico allow paid surrogacy. As a result, there is an increasing flow in the opposite direction, with the United States drawing affluent couples from Europe, Asia and Australia. Indeed, many large surrogacy agencies in the United States say international clients who are gay, straight, married or single provide the bulk of their business.
Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?
The Center for Public Integrity - 07/03/2014
Child legal advocates are worried some Central American kids turning themselves in at the border could be returned to peril if Congress amends laws to speed up their repatriation to home countries.
Obama seeks change to law that protects immigrant kids
USA Today - 07/02/2014
The president is now asking Congress to amend the law in a way that would allow Border Patrol agents to render a deportation decision themselves and quickly deport the children back to their home country.
‘Baby Hatches’ Receive 1,400 Babies, Mostly Disabled
Women of China - 07/01/2014
China has so far set up 32 “baby hatches,” or, as they are known in Chinese “baby safety islands,” across the country which have in total received 1400 unwanted babies since the scheme was launched three years ago as the government’s alternative solution to infants being abandoned in the streets.
Navajo Nation Makes Historic Agreement With DHHS to Handle its Tribal Foster Care
Indian Country Today - 06/30/2014
On Friday, June 27, the Navajo Nation made an historic pact with the U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services to execute a direct funding agreement through the Title IV-E program under the Social Security Act that will reimburse the tribe and its child welfare agencies for federally eligible foster care, adoptions and guardianships.
Adoption law going into effect Tuesday
The Columbian - 06/30/2014
For the first time, many adoptees in the state of Washington will be able to see the name of their birth parent. Nearly 500 people have already alerted the state’s Department of Health they would like their birth certificate and officials are expecting more once the measure takes effect.
Adoptive parent calls DCS ‘a deadbeat parent’
Indy Star - 06/30/2014
DCS promised in a contract to pay adoption subsidies to those families “if funding becomes available,” according to the lawsuit. Yet, since 2009, DCS returned more than $238.6 million to state coffers while not paying subsidies to families that have adopted – which the lawsuit argues is a violation of the families’ written contracts.
House-Senate Committees OK Adoption-Family Connection-Youth Bill
CWLA Children’s Monitor - 06/30/2014
On Thursday, June 26, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee announced an agreement on legislation to reauthorize the adoption incentives fund, the Family Connections grants, and to provide changes in state requirements regarding youth in foster care.