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Philippines: DSWD cites need to speed up adoption process

Philippine Daily Inquire - 10/29/2014

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has raised the need to speed up the domestic adoption and fostering process in a recent dialogue with child advocates from nongovernment organizations and representatives from foreign embassies.

Bill designed to thwart ‘child trading’

Akron - 10/28/2014

HB 438 is before the House Judiciary Committee in Ohio supports the elimination of ‘re-homing’. ‘Re-homing’ occurs when parents transfer custody of their adopted children to strangers.

US foster parents seeking to cancel adoption of Russian children knew their diagnoses

Tass Russian News Agency - 10/27/2014

According to Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, the American foster parents, who are seeking to cancel adoption of their Russian children on the grounds they knew nothing about the children’s health condition, did know their diagnoses, since they had a complete dossier on each child. They had a right to consult any doctor before adoption.

US Adoptive Parents’ Abandonment of Russian-Born Children Despicable: Ombudsman

RIA Novosti - 10/27/2014

Efforts by a US couple to vacate the adoption of two Russian-born children due to the children’s alleged mental disorders has raised concerns about the U.S. adoption system.

West Africa: Children orphaned by Ebola face long-term consequences

PBS - 10/27/2014

The growing death toll of the Ebola epidemic has left countless children facing a future without their moms and dads. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News visits three siblings in Sierra Leone who are being cared…

Facebook, pregnancy notifications and a father’s right to object to adoption

Washington Post - 10/27/2014

When a man and a woman have a child out of wedlock, and the woman puts up the child for adoption, the man is entitled to an opportunity to object and to raise the child himself…

Wife’s surprise brings veteran football coach to tears

USA Today - 10/27/2014

It was a reunion unlike any other for high school assistant football coach Robby Gilbert. Following the death of his mother last year, Gilbert, who was adopted as an infant, set out to track down his biological mother.

MU professor shares research, experience as mother who adopted children across racial lines

Columbia Missourian - 10/27/2014

With a gentle spin of a finger, Colleen Colaner shaped a tight, black curl on top of her daughter’s head. Camille Colaner, 11 months old, let out a playful squeal and reached for her mother. “Her…

Given up for adoption at birth, a young woman reclaims her life

Times of India - 10/26/2014

Adopted at birth by a family from the Netherlands Monisha had no security or love at home and no connection with her Indian roots. Removed from the care of her abusive adoptive parents, Monisha tells of her journey to reclaim her life.

National adoption month promotes and supports sibling connections - 10/24/2014

For the past 19 years, November has been recognized as National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.