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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 Craigslist.org.
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.
Future of Rwanda’s Orphans Still Uncertain
Inter News Service - 07/14/2014
Deborah and the other siblings are just some of the estimated 2,171 children today languishing in 29 orphanages across the east African country, says Annet Birungi, a communications consultant for Rwanda’s National Commission for Children (NCC) and UNICEF.
A vexing crisis at the border
US News and World Report - 07/14/2014
The influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United States is a wrenching humanitarian crisis, and the federal government’s handling of it will create an indelible impression around the world of America’s commitment to human rights and child welfare.
Court urges legal provision to deal with child adoption racket
IANS Live - 07/11/2014
Taking note of the big racket of illegal sale of children for adoption existing in many parts of the country, a court here has urged the authorities to make it an offence punishable under the Indian Penal Code.
High court finds for foster parents in adoption case
Topeka Capital - 07/11/2014
Ruling limits appeals process in child in need of care cases. Also: Judges win final say on placements of unfit parents’ children.
Open adoptions to go under Barnados microscope
The Age - 07/11/2014
Removed by the courts from her drug-addicted mother as a baby, now 18-year-old HSC student Tori Peden has become a fierce advocate of the benefits of open adoption.
Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border
American Civil Liberties Union - 07/10/2014
There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day. Three-quarters of these kids - some as young as four – are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and the “murder capital” of the world, Honduras. Many are fleeing rampant drug, gang, and sexual violence in these countries, risking a long and extremely dangerous journey for a chance at a future.
Johnson Legislation Helps Indian Country Adoption Tax Credit
KELO - 07/10/2014
U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD), James Inhofe (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced the Tribal Adoption Parity Act. The legislation ensures parents adopting American Indian and Alaskan Native children through tribal courts are treated fairly under our nation’s tax code by making it easier for adoptive parents across Indian Country to claim the full adoption tax credit for “special needs” children.