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Lawsuit Seeks Legal Counsel for Undocumented Kids at Immigration Hearings

Public News Service - 07/21/2014

Matt Adams, legal director for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says thousands of children each year are forced to face a government attorney by themselves at immigration hearings. He says children who have an attorney, usually provided at no cost by an organization like his, have a much better chance of proving that they qualify for refugee status. Adams points out there are many cases where children likely qualify for refugee status but are deported because they didn’t have an attorney.

Child Welfare Receives a Helping Hand

All Africa - 07/18/2014

Every year on 18 July, the international community joins South Africa in honouring the legacy of global icon Nelson Mandela in ways that acknowledge his values and his dedication to the service of humanity. In the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma encouraged all South Africans to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to cleaning up South Africa’s cities, villages and schools.

With Surge in Child Migrants, New York Forms Task Force on Aiding Them

The New York Times - 07/17/2014

New York City officials have formed a task force in response to the surging population of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America who have arrived in the city in recent months and swamped community-based groups in search of help for their deportation cases, health issues, school enrollment and other urgent needs.

Landrieu, 167 Members of Congress Lead Letter Urging the Release of 460 Stalled Adoptions

Press Release - 07/17/2014

Today, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., co-chair of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, led 60 Senators and 107 Representatives from both parties in sending a letter to President Obama requesting his personal engagement to resolve over 900 international adoption cases of Congolese children who either have been or are in the process of being adopted by American families, yet who are unable to obtain Congolese exit permits due to a suspension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Children Flee For Their Lives, Says Journalist Covering Border Crisis

NPR - 07/17/2014

Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Sonia Nazario about her trip to Honduras, the epicenter of violence that has gripped Central America, and pushed north tens of thousands of migrant children.

Hundreds of immigrant children are transported far north of the border

Crtistian Science Monitor - 07/16/2014

Hundreds of immigrant children have been taken north of the U.S.-Mexico border to stay with relatives or in temporary government or charitable facilities. Governors there say they’ve been kept in the dark.

New Adoption Deal Should Take on Subsidies Fraud

The Chronicle of Social Change - 07/16/2014

As the Children’s Law Center’s Broken Adoption Project members, we applaud Congress on reaching a deal on H.R. 4980. The bill offers states a new framework to calculate adoption incentives, support post-adoption services, track broken adoptions, and combat youth sex trafficking. Unfortunately, it appears the bill has no teeth when it comes to how states use the broken adoption data to inform its allocation of adoption subsidies.

Alaska Law Doesn’t Cover Online Adoption Ads

KTUU - 07/16/2014

When it comes to adoption, Alaska has many strict and clearly defined laws. But there is one gray area that has adoption experts concerned — the advertisement of adoptions in online communities like

Lawmakers unveil bipartisan fix to child immigrant crisis at border

Washington Post - 07/15/2014

In what may present a path toward legislative action on the overflow of child immigrants at the southern border, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, both of Texas, will on Tuesday introduce a bill that would amend the 2008 law that many critics believe is hampering efforts to address the humanitarian crisis.

Plain answers to complex questions about border crisis A vexing crisis at the border

Dallas Morning News - 07/14/2014

News reports that 50,000-plus Central American children have been stopped this year at the border with Mexico make it easy to believe tens of thousands of them are being held there in cramped conditions. The actual numbers are much lower.