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Family uses social media to raise money for child adoption - 10/30/2014

A Central Florida family turns to social media for help raising money to adopt a child after spending over $100,000 on fertility treatments.

Manitoba reviewing U.S. adoption agency for fees based on child’s race

CBC News - 10/30/2014

The U.S. State Department is now reviewing how a Florida adoption agency handles intercountry adoptions, including to families in Manitoba. Their review comes as a result of an investigation into the agency which revealed it charges reduced fees to Canadians if they adopt black children versus white.

US: For “grandfamilies,” raising grandkids can mean going broke

CBS News - 10/29/2014

Wright’s situation of raising grandchildren when parents are unable to care for their own kids is increasingly common, with the U.S. Census Bureau reporting this month that 6 percent of children live in households run by grandparents, double the percentage in 1970. Today, about 2.7 million grandparents are serving as primary caregivers for their grandchildren, the Census noted.

PR: Ricky Martin pleads for adoptions by gay parents in Puerto Rico

LaRaza - 10/29/2014

Ricky Martin has long allied himself as an activist for children, fighting against child sex trafficking and other causes, as well as having two boys. Martin is now calling on the government to approve adoptions by same-sex couples.

AK: DOJ may intervene in Alaska Supreme Court case

KTOO - 10/29/2014

The U.S. Department of Justice may intervene in an Alaska Supreme Court case concerning a non-Native couple’s adoption of an Alaska Native child. In September, the Native Village of Tununak lost its appeal against the State of Alaska and the adoptive couple.

Philippines: DSWD cites need to speed up adoption process

Philippine Daily Inquire - 10/29/2014

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has raised the need to speed up the domestic adoption and fostering process in a recent dialogue with child advocates from nongovernment organizations and representatives from foreign embassies.

Bill designed to thwart ‘child trading’

Akron - 10/28/2014

HB 438 is before the House Judiciary Committee in Ohio supports the elimination of ‘re-homing’. ‘Re-homing’ occurs when parents transfer custody of their adopted children to strangers.

US foster parents seeking to cancel adoption of Russian children knew their diagnoses

Tass Russian News Agency - 10/27/2014

According to Russian children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, the American foster parents, who are seeking to cancel adoption of their Russian children on the grounds they knew nothing about the children’s health condition, did know their diagnoses, since they had a complete dossier on each child. They had a right to consult any doctor before adoption.

US Adoptive Parents’ Abandonment of Russian-Born Children Despicable: Ombudsman

RIA Novosti - 10/27/2014

Efforts by a US couple to vacate the adoption of two Russian-born children due to the children’s alleged mental disorders has raised concerns about the U.S. adoption system.

West Africa: Children orphaned by Ebola face long-term consequences

PBS - 10/27/2014

The growing death toll of the Ebola epidemic has left countless children facing a future without their moms and dads. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News visits three siblings in Sierra Leone who are being cared…