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Vietnam: US to restart limited adoption program in Vietnam
Associated Press - 09/12/2014
Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions. The announcement comes six years after a ban was imposed because of allegations of widespread baby-selling and children offered without the consent of their birth parents. Under the new agreement, Americans will be able to adopt children with special needs and those over five years of age.
Don’t use religion to cloak bias toward LGBT families
Los Angeles Times - 09/10/2014
Freedom of religion is crucial. But it should never be used as a cover for discrimination, which is exactly what the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act would do. As many as 6 million Americans today have LGBT parents. These are real families entitled to real rights without loopholes. I hope a majority of the U.S. Congress will see this proposed law for what it is: a legislative assault on basic human rights — and on families.
‘We found you in a catalogue of Native children’
APTN National News - 09/10/2014
For over 100 years, ending in the 1990s, the federal government ripped tens of thousands of Indigenous children from their parents and put them in state-funded, church-operated schools known as Indian Residential Schools. A hearing is taking place in Ottawa at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal looking into the reasons why thousands of Indigenous children are currently in state care and whether the federal government discriminates against First Nation children because of underfunding the organizations charged with their care.
Still being treated as non-persons
Irish Examiner - 09/10/2014
Mother and baby home survivors fear that they will never get all the answers about their past. The records are scattered in different locations. Some have been handed over to the HSE where women have been told they should phone back in eight years because there is nobody to deal with them. Others fear that as they speak, the precious clues to their identity still held by the religious orders and bodies are being destroyed.
Dane County judges grant adoptions to married lesbian couples
Wisconsin State Journal - 09/10/2014
Dane County Circuit Judge Shelley Gaylord approved the adoptions, saying she was bound to recognize the marriage as constitutionally valid, according to a transcript of the closed hearing. “If the attorney general ignores this adoption, which they said they are going to do, it won’t have a broader impact for the state,” Perreault said. “It will not be binding precedent, but will assist judges in considering similar cases.”
Woman wins permission to look at late father’s adoption files
The Guardian - 09/09/2014
The ruling by Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court, will allow the woman to explore her ancestry – an inquiry previously blocked by an adoption order dating back to 1930. Parliament is consulting on whether to extend the existing right of adopted children, when they reach the age of 18, to learn more about their birth family so that grandchildren can also benefit from such research.
Congress Returns With Long List–Short Period of Work
Children's Monitor - 09/09/2014
The Senate has reconvened to work through a list of bills including HR 4980, the “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.’ The legislation would reauthorize the Adoption Incentive Fund for three years and extend it to guardianship placements. It would also extend the Family Connections Grants by one year through this current fiscal year of 2014. The grants help kinship navigator programs and by extension kinship families, it also funds family finding efforts to help connect children in foster care with extended family members.
In Korea, adoptees Fight to Change culture that sent them overseas
NPR - 09/09/2014
For the first time in South Korean history, the country’s adoption law has been rewritten by some of the very people who have lived its consequences. Two years ago last month, South Korea’s Special Adoption Law was amended to add accountability and oversight to the adoption process. The new law focuses on “The Government shall endeavor to reduce the number of Korean children adopted abroad,” the law states, “as part of its duties and responsibilities to protect children.”
Failed adoptions traumatic
Columbus Dispatch - 09/07/2014
Adoption advocates agree that abusive or ill-equipped parents or a child with severe problems can be reasons an adoption fails. But they also say there is not enough post-adoption financial support to help the new families adjust and thrive.
Prospective parents typically envision a “dream child,” Van Slyck said. “When the child doesn’t turn out to be what they dreamed about and has a lot of emotional and behavioral problems, to the point that it is disrupting their families … they give up.”
Japan’s institutionalised children
BBC News - 09/06/2014
The rate is the highest among industrialised nations, the report warned, with as few as one in 10 children eventually moving to a family environment through fostering or adoption. As a result, tens of thousands of Japanese children live in understaffed institutions, often enduring cramped conditions, bullying, violence and social stigma as a result. Describing the situation in Japan as “heartbreaking”, Japanese director at Human Rights Watch Kanae Doi said the government was prioritising a care policy heavily dependent on institutions over the rights of children to a family life.