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DIY adoptions: Couples design personal websites in quest to become parents

Today - 10/06/2014

More and more parents are using social media and personal websites to find children to adopt…”These very detailed websites are a new wave in adoption, known as DIY adoptions,” says April Dinwoodie, CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, which researches how the Internet affects adoption.

Court opens to public American parents’ proceeding to cancel their adoption of Russian children

The Washington Post - 10/06/2014

A very interesting decision, especially since adoption-related proceedings are generally closed to the public, In the Matter of Adoption of Child A and Child C (N.Y. Surr. Ct. Oct. 2, 2014). Here’s the court’s explanation of why there is especially strong reason to open these proceedings…

Halt in Guatemalan adoptions may be fueling border surge

San Francisco Chronicle - 10/05/2014

Before the halt, Guatemala was one of the most popular nations for Americans looking to adopt, its system sending 4,000 children a year to this country. Now, some experts say, the closure of that adoption pipeline is contributing to the flow of unaccompanied children who have poured into the United States from Central America over the past year.

Heart-warming reunion for long lost siblings

Borneo Post Online - 10/05/2014

MATERNAL instincts run deep and no mothers will willingly part with their newborn babies. But sometimes mothers are forced by extenuating circumstances to make heart-breaking sacrifices as had happened to the late Madam Sim Lai Kiew….

The Cost of Adoption

US News - 10/02/2014

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. If you’re adopting a child from another country, the range is $15,000 to $30,000. If you’re adopting through foster care, which generally involves becoming the parent of an older child, the cost is much lower: zero to $2,500. So what exactly are you paying for, other than the opportunity to become a parent? Here’s a breakdown of where some of your money goes.

New Series Sets Out to Challenge Stigma of Adoptee Experience

NBC News - 09/30/2014

Anders – a professional name he uses in lieu of his legal name, Andrew Erickson – recently launched a web series called “American Seoul” in which he recounts and documents stories about his life as a Korean adoptee.

Can Cambodia’s orphanage system be reformed?

Aljazeera - 09/29/2014

Three years ago, Cambodia’s minister of social Affairs announced 70 privately run orphanages would be closed, effective immediately. An investigation, he said, had found these centers did not provide basic care and security for children living there. They had to shut down.

Total U.S. Child Welfare Spending Drops for First Time in Decades

The Chronicle of Social Change - 09/29/2014

An across-the-board downturn in federal dollars sparked an overall decline in child welfare spending, according to research by the group Child Trends, and it did not fall by a slight percentage. Total local federal, state and local spending, which is measured every other year by Child Trends, declined by $2.3 billion between 2010 and 2012, down from $30.5 billion to $28.2 billion.

Number of US Kids in Foster Care Up After Long Dip

Associated Press - 09/29/2014

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005.

Search for birth mother brings more questions than answers - 09/28/2014

Given up for adoption soon after she [Susan Johnson, 51] was born, she wants to reach out and tell her mother she has had a good life. But her adoption in Watauga County was closed, meaning the record of her birth parents remains sealed. “What am I to do next? I can’t get the original birth certificate because it’s sealed. I have nothing to start with. It’s like a fill-in-the-blank test in school, but nothing to fill in the blanks. No name, no dates, no places.”