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Mother finds daughter she gave up for adoption in Australia 34 years later
FOX 2 News - 01/02/2015
“I see a tremendous sense of joy of something that was such a shameful secret in my life for more than three decades to have turn into such a thing of beauty.” said Nancy Gille.
Two Years After Russian Ban, ‘Taboo’ Hangs Over Children Denied U.S. Adoption
Radio Free Europe - 12/31/2014
The ban was instituted in retaliation for a U.S. law that placed sanctions on Russian officials believed to be implicated in the prison death of Russian whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky…But while authorities have touted a rise in the number of domestic adoptions, Russians are still reluctant to take on children with special needs.
Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
The Daily Beast - 12/30/2014
Lawmakers recognize that internationally adopted children, especially those who are not re-adopted in their home state, fly under the radar. Hagan said it was important for school personnel, health care providers and social workers to recognize the signs of and symptoms of trafficking and rehoming.
DNA genealogy companies help adoptees find their roots
The Washington Times - 12/29/2014
DNA testing is the only way to find family heritage for these people since “opening records can’t help when there are no records,” said Ms. Moore, who has helped find birth families for a woman who was abandoned as a baby behind a grocery store, another person who was left on church steps and a third who was left at a baby-sitter’s house.
Looking out for vulnerable international adoptees
Montreal Gazette - 12/29/2014
Desperate families struggling to cope with disastrous adoptions turn to chat rooms in search of new parents willing to take in their often troubled children…In some cases, the children are dumped with their new parents after an exchange of emails.
Open relationships in adoptions more in the forefront
Grand Forks Herald - 12/29/2014
“It’s just been a testament to our relationship with the birth parents and our commitment to adoption,” Angela Schepp said. “Hopefully we can be an advocate for the positive experience of adoption, both from the adoptive parents’ perspective and the birth parents’ perspective.”
Extend NY foster care to beyond age 18
Newsday - 12/28/2014
But, values aside, there are some sound fiscal reasons to pay attention. A 2008 cost-benefit analysis conducted by the Jim Casey Foundation concluded that considering only three factors — a failure to graduate from high school, the consequence of teen child bearing, and likely criminal justice costs — the United States pays $5.7 billion per each group of kids aging out of care each year.
Adoption not always a rescue
Casper Star Tribune - 12/28/2014
The trouble with adopting internationally pertains to orphanages set up in impoverished countries that spring up because adoption agencies are motivated by the hefty payments they may extract from Americans eager to adopt.
New state policies encourage adoption
West Central Tribune - 12/28/2014
Starting Jan. 1 a new, uniform way of determining financial benefits caregivers receive goes into effect. In most cases the changes will mean an increase in aid for families that adopt children who are wards of the state and oftentimes have special needs that require therapy and intervention.
Washington adoptees use new law to fill in family history
The News Tribune - 12/27/2014
Those adopted after 1993 are able to get their certificates when they turn 18, if the birth parents don’t file a form to prevent it. Until the new law took effect this year, older adoptees did not have that option.