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International surrogacy traps babies in stateless limbo

WTAQ - 09/18/2014

THE HAGUE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The lack of regulation around international commercial surrogacy has left many babies in stateless limbo, with no country granting them citizenship because of complex conflicts over who the legal parents are. Experts said the problem could affect thousands of babies as more and more couples seek surrogates in countries like India, Mexico and Thailand, turning it into a multimillion dollar business.

Reforms in child care norms on anvil

Times of India - 09/18/2014

Women and child development ministry has planned a slew of reforms for child protection and safety including introduction of foster care, easing adoption norms, creating awareness about child sex abuse in schools and renewed focus on reducing malnutrition among children.

Hundreds of orphans left abandoned in Liberia as mothers die from Ebola

Thomson Reuters Foundation - 09/17/2014

Liberia’s social problem of broken, single-parent families has existed since the end of the civil war in 2003 – and as the new virus claims its victims, this is now resulting in hundreds of orphaned children. “The large number of single-parent families in Liberia means that as mothers are dying from Ebola, the children lose their sole care-giver, and have no-one to look after them,” explains Koala Oumarou, Country Director for Plan Liberia…A total of eleven years of war produced a generation of psychologically scarred men who missed out on school.

Eighty-one Orphanages Stopped

Ghana Web - 09/17/2014

Eighty-one out the 120 orphanages in Ghana have been closed down because of the poor welfare of the inmates, Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection said on Tuesday. She said a large number of orphanages were operating illegally. She expressed regret that the illegal operation of those orphanages were putting the lives of the children at risk.

Texas woman pleads guilty in adoption scam case

Cjonline - 09/17/2014

A Texas woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to defrauding four families who wanted to adopt children, according to a press release from attorney Barry Grissom’s office. Chrystal Marie Rippey, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. In her plea, she admitted she devised a scheme in which she pretended to be pregnant.

Surrogates and Couples Face a Maze of Laws, State by State

New York Times - 09/17/2014

Many states are now considering certain limits and trying to find middle ground. “My sense of the big picture is that we’re moving toward laws like the one in Illinois, which accepts that the demand for surrogacy isn’t going away but recognizes the hazards and adds regulations and protections,” said Joanna L. Grossman, a family law professor at the Hofstra University law school.

More Girls Are Being Adopted. The Good News Ends There

India Spend - 09/16/2014

ChildLine India Foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) based in Mumbai, operates a 24-hour telephone helpline called Childline for children in distress, says that there were 25 million orphans in India in 2007, according to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimate.

Effort to broaden adoptees’ rights to get birth information gets Pennsylvania Senate committee’s approval

The Patriot News - 09/16/2014

Senators passed an amendment sponsored by Sen. Robert Mensch that would give birth parents a three-year period to either agree to open up the original birth certificate, or file a denial of release form with the state. If they do not file a denial within that time, the original birth certificate would be open to adult adoptees upon request. Mensch, a Montgomery County Republican, said he felt his language helps strike a better balance between the rights of adoptees and the parents who, for whatever reason, gave them up at birth.

Vietnam Authorizes U.S. Adoption Service Providers – Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program Commenced September 16, 2014

US Embassy Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City - 09/16/2014

Vietnam’s Central Adoption Authority, the Ministry of Justice, announced that it has authorized Dillon International and Holt International Children’s Services to operate intercountry adoption program in Vietnam for children with special needs, children aged five and older, and children in biological sibling groups (Special Adoption Program). This event also marks the effective date for the United States to start processing Hague Convention adoptions from Vietnam through the Special Adoption Program.

Westerville couple’s dream to adopt Guatemalan siblings hits international hurdles

The Columbus Dispatch - 09/15/2014

While international adoptions do happen with countries that don’t participate in the Hague treaty, the U.S. officials have said Guatemala must comply with the treaty in order for them to allow international adoptions with their country. April Dinwoodie, chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, which aims to improve adoption laws, policies and practices, said the Olivieris aren’t the first family to be thwarted by issues of international relations.