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United Kingdom: Adoptive parents need to be supported to help their child grieve for the past

The Guardian - 11/17/2014

The government’s reforms to adoption have been a challenge to many local authorities. The emphasis has been primarily on the numbers of adopters recruited and numbers of children placed in adoptive homes. As resources have become more constrained, there is less reflection and emphasis on the work done with children and adopters.

Charlottean uncovers shocking secrets from his past

Charlotte Observer - 11/16/2014

Hundreds of “un-adoptable” infants – of mixed race or with deformities – were rumored to have been starved to death and buried in discarded wooden butter boxes.They became known as Butterbox Babies.

US: Era ending in international adoption

The Philadelaphia Inquirer - 11/16/2014

Andrew Bossard was born to a Korean mother and an American serviceman in South Korea in the mid-1960s, a time when mixed-race children were still very much taboo. He left on his 14th birthday, finding a home with his parents – Marilyn and David – on the Main Line. Bossard was brought to America through Pearl S. Buck International in Bucks County, a nonprofit that shuttered its international adoption operations during the summer. The program is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the United States, ushering in an era of intercountry adoption that is also coming to an end.

New protections for same-sex parents; couples able to adopt spouses children

Fox10 News - 11/14/2014

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Arizona, many couples with children are heading to court to adopt their spouse’s child.

KY high court to take up adoption fraud

The Courier Journal - 11/14/2014

Like most states, Kentucky has no statutes specifically addressing adoption fraud…Michael and Janie Young pleaded guilty to theft by deception over $10,000 but on the condition that they could appeal the convictions, and in March 2013, the Court of Appeals by a 2-1 vote threw them out.

Same-Sex Couples Petition Supreme Court on Right to Marriage

The New York Times - 11/14/2014

Gay and lesbian couples filed petitions on Friday asking the Supreme Court to decide whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The petitions arrived eight days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

As Chinese Adoptees Return Home, a New Genre Tells Their Tales

The Wall Street Journal - 11/14/2014

Now, a new phase in this subgenre is beginning, as adoptees resulting from China’s one-child policy reach maturity and begin their quest for answers.

Online adoption ‘rehoming': Legal loopholes allow children to be given away

CBC News Canada - 11/13/2014

Twenty-four hours later, Moses was given away to a Texas woman his parents had found on the internet but never met in person, according to an investigation by CBC’s the fifth estate.

Lies Prepare You For Nothing: A Birth Mother Learns A Painful Truth

Chicago Now - 11/13/2014

I would be a college girl, respectable, confident, and happy that my traumatic past was behind me. All of this turned out to be miles from the truth.

Adoptees Like Me ‘Flip the Script’ on the Pro-Adoption Narrative

New York Times - 11/13/2014

I can’t remember not knowing I was adopted. My parents told me early, believing, as most of us do, that honesty always reigns. My biological mother, then a 20-year-old student, relinquished her rights to me when I was born in 1977.