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Girls top adoption preference among foreign couples
Deccan Herald - 08/10/2014
According to the NGO which facilitates the inter-country adoption process, these figures suggest that foreign couples usually prefer adopting a Indian girl child as they are inspired by the values and traditions that an Indian woman inherits, and want their daughters to have the same qualities. The image of an Indian woman in the minds of foreigners is that of a loving, nurturing and caring woman who inherits rich values and traditions. They believe that an Indian girl would take care of their parents in their old age along with developing a strong bonding with the parents.
Four adopted women seek out their Native American roots
Al Jazeera America - 08/07/2014
For more than one hundred years, U.S. policies and practices separated Native American children from their families. Prior to 1978, when the Indian Child Welfare Act went into effect, Native American children were regularly plucked from their homes and sent to live with non-Natives. Some children grew up surrounded by love; others suffered enormous hardships. Many had a powerful desire to reconnect with the culture that they had lost.
Maryville, Tenn., man pleads guilty in adoption forgery scheme
North Georgia Times Free Press - 08/07/2014
Kevin Scott Thibault posed as an attorney and agreed to help two people adopt the children they were caring for in May 2012, according to the plea agreement. He create fake adoption papers and forged the signatures of two federal judges on the forms.
DCS says it didn’t have money to pay adoption subsidies
Indianapolis Star - 08/07/2014
A La Porte woman says the Indiana Department of Child Services is to blame for denying payment to her and at least 1,400 other families that have adopted special needs children from the state’s foster care system since 2009. DCS says the adoption subsidies haven’t been paid because the Indiana legislature failed to appropriate enough money.
New adoption rules: NRIs to be treated on par with Indians
The Economic Times - 08/07/2014
NRI couples could be treated on a par with their resident Indian counterparts following changes being made to adoption rules by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare. As a result, NRI couples could have equal opportunities for adopting a child in India. This will spell a major change from the existing rules, under which the first preference is given to India-based couples.
S.C. based adoption agency official pleads guilty in court to fraud and bribery charges
WJCL - 08/06/2014
A former foreign program director of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG) – an adoption agency based in South Carolina – pleaded guilty, Wednesday, to conspiring with others to defraud the United States by paying bribes to foreign officials and submitting fraudulent documents to the state department for adoptions from Ethiopia.
Biden on Border Crisis: ‘These are our kids’
NBC News - 08/06/2014
The vice president’s remarks came in front of attorneys and legal groups gathered to discuss ways to represent the thousands of Central American children who have illegally entered the U.S. Many, Biden said, will be sent back to conditions worse than the temporary housing they are currently living in.
Child Welfare Ideas From the Experts, #6: Placement Stability for Infants and Toddlers
The Chronicle of Social Change - 08/06/2014
Tony Parsons, 22, a pre-law undergraduate student at Michigan State University who completed the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI) in Washington D.C. recommends policy changes include replacing the timeline for children under three with a mandate to TPR after an infant or toddler has been in care for nine consecutive months instead of the current 15 out of 22 months a child is in care. Also, require states to report how many times each child moves placements cumulatively while in care, and how many placements each child had within 365 days.
Utah files same-sex marriage appeal with U.S. Supreme Court
Salt Lake Tribune - 08/05/2014
“This case presents an immensely important question: whether the United States Constitution compels states to adopt a single marriage policy that every individual is allowed ‘to marry the person of their choice, “the state wrote. Should the court decline to hear the case and deny Utah’s request, the 10th Circuit’s decision would stand — effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in all of the states in that circuit: Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
As U.S. Speeds the Path to Deportation, Distress Fills New Family Detention Centers
New York Times - 08/05/2014
Until recently, most families were released to remain in the United States while their deportation cases moved slowly through the courts. But that policy fueled rumors reaching Central America that if parents arrived with young children, they would be given permits to stay. To stop such talk, officials said, they are moving swiftly to expand family detention. Homeland Security officials said the plan is for them to be held for no more than 10 days before being sent on flights back home.