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For Ebola orphans, survival is just the beginning

msnbc - 11/21/2014

The countries primarily affected include Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone – home to 2.5 million children under the age of five. For them, the risks are twofold: contracting Ebola themselves, or growing up without their parents. Some children experience both, fortunate enough to survive the disease, but faced with returning to the world as orphans.

New State Law Helps Minn. Foster Kids Find Permanent Homes

abc 5 - 11/21/2014

The number of adoptions in Hennepin County this year is up more than 30 percent from last year. Specifically on National Adoption Day today, the number is double that of previous years.

How To Pay For An Adoption

Forbes - 11/21/2014

When you pay for an adoption, you are not paying for a human being. You are paying for services that facilitate bringing the child into your home. There are attorney’s fees, home studies (reports by social workers about the adoptive families), agency fees, and background checks.

Ebola outbreak hampers adoptions in West Africa

The Associated Press - 11/20/2014

Even as some families keep their commitment to adopt, despite the Ebola threat, the numbers of children in west African orphanages who’ve lost parents is only increasing because of the deadly virus.

Montana’s Gay Couples Can Adopt

abcFox Montana - 11/20/2014

“There’s no policy that says that if you’re a gay couple, you can’t adopt a child. If you can foster a child, you can certainly adopt a child,” said Gerten.

Growing number of parents flee to Ireland over forced adoption fears

ITV News - 11/20/2014

Growing numbers of fearful parents are finding sanctuary in rural Ireland, on the run from social services in England and Wales where their children are being threatened with forced adoption.

Government will not oppose adoption birth cert Bill

The Irish Times - 11/20/2014

The Government will not oppose a new adoption Bill which seeks to give adoptees a right to their birth certificates, listing their original names and their birth parents’ names.

Couple wanting to adopt child turns to Facebook

Fox 29 - 11/19/2014

In today’s digital age, our social media news feeds are filled with pregnancy pictures, growing babies and parent’s glowing over their pride and joy. But now a local couple is hoping a news feed will help them find the apple of their eyes.

Here’s what Michigan is doing to reduce the rate of broken adoptions for foster care youth

NPR - Michigan - 11/19/2014

[T]he road to adoption can be bumpy, and for some children their dreams of a permanent family are dashed before the papers are even signed.

Adoption case presents issues of first impression

The Indiana Lawyer - 11/19/2014

Adoption laws are evolving, as evidenced by a case before the Indiana Supreme Court and a separate push for a pre-birth abandonment bill aimed at biological fathers who don’t support their baby’s mother during pregnancy.