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Philomena Lee gives support to new adoption bill

The Irish Times - 11/17/2014

Philomena Lee, whose search for her son brought world-wide attention and an Oscar-nominated film, has thrown her support behind a new bill which provides greater rights for adopted people in Ireland. This week the Seanad will debate the Adoption (Identity & Information) Bill which would provide up to 50,000 adopted people with the right to their birth cert for the first time.

India: Major reforms in adoption procedure: Maneka Gandhi

IBN Live - 11/17/2014

Major reforms being carried out by the Indian central government will enable prospective adoptive parents to get a child within a period of maximum of four months, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said here Monday.

United Kingdom: Adoptive parents need to be supported to help their child grieve for the past

The Guardian - 11/17/2014

The government’s reforms to adoption have been a challenge to many local authorities. The emphasis has been primarily on the numbers of adopters recruited and numbers of children placed in adoptive homes. As resources have become more constrained, there is less reflection and emphasis on the work done with children and adopters.

Charlottean uncovers shocking secrets from his past

Charlotte Observer - 11/16/2014

Hundreds of “un-adoptable” infants – of mixed race or with deformities – were rumored to have been starved to death and buried in discarded wooden butter boxes.They became known as Butterbox Babies.

US: Era ending in international adoption

The Philadelaphia Inquirer - 11/16/2014

Andrew Bossard was born to a Korean mother and an American serviceman in South Korea in the mid-1960s, a time when mixed-race children were still very much taboo. He left on his 14th birthday, finding a home with his parents – Marilyn and David – on the Main Line. Bossard was brought to America through Pearl S. Buck International in Bucks County, a nonprofit that shuttered its international adoption operations during the summer. The program is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the United States, ushering in an era of intercountry adoption that is also coming to an end.

New protections for same-sex parents; couples able to adopt spouses children

Fox10 News - 11/14/2014

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Arizona, many couples with children are heading to court to adopt their spouse’s child.

KY high court to take up adoption fraud

The Courier Journal - 11/14/2014

Like most states, Kentucky has no statutes specifically addressing adoption fraud…Michael and Janie Young pleaded guilty to theft by deception over $10,000 but on the condition that they could appeal the convictions, and in March 2013, the Court of Appeals by a 2-1 vote threw them out.

Same-Sex Couples Petition Supreme Court on Right to Marriage

The New York Times - 11/14/2014

Gay and lesbian couples filed petitions on Friday asking the Supreme Court to decide whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The petitions arrived eight days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

As Chinese Adoptees Return Home, a New Genre Tells Their Tales

The Wall Street Journal - 11/14/2014

Now, a new phase in this subgenre is beginning, as adoptees resulting from China’s one-child policy reach maturity and begin their quest for answers.

Online adoption ‘rehoming': Legal loopholes allow children to be given away

CBC News Canada - 11/13/2014

Twenty-four hours later, Moses was given away to a Texas woman his parents had found on the internet but never met in person, according to an investigation by CBC’s the fifth estate.