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U.S. Seeks Release of Couple in Qatar, Creating Tensions With a Crucial Arab Ally
New York Times - 07/31/2014
The State Department requested the Qatari government’s “assistance in providing a fair and expeditious conclusion to the proceedings regarding the Huang Case” which have moved slowly even though the original charge of murder was thrown out, replaced by the lesser charge of child endangerment and a conviction in March that carries a three-year prison term. The statement on Thursday was the first time that the United States had publicly asked for the Qatar government’s help in both resolving the issue and permitting the Huangs to leave.
New Bill Calls for Religious Freedom in Foster Care
Chronicle of Social Change - 07/30/2014
The bill, if passed, would protect faith-based organizations’ right to act in accordance with their beliefs, prevent the government from taking “adverse actions” against them and provide relief for those organizations that feel their rights have been violated.
Minnesota family fights to bring children home from Congo
Star Tribune - 07/30/2014
In desperation, the Zeidlers wrote to Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, who called their story “wrenching” enough to draw up a House resolution. Five Minnesota families are in some stage of limbo with the Congolese government over adoption. Nationally, the number is about 800. And amid the least productive Congresses in history, Republicans and Democrats agreed that the Zeidler’s problem — along with the hundreds of American families like them — should be addressed.
Korean Adoptees and Parents Celebrate Culture, Community at Camp in Johnston
WHO - 07/30/2014
“There’s a lot of questioning that happens,” said Abbie Smith, a mother of two adopted Korean children. “And this is the place where they can safely ask those questions, have peers to swap answers to those questions, or figure out how to manage that search process for ‘Who am I?’, ‘Where do I fit in in the world?”
Survey | Nearly 7-in-10 Americans See Unaccompanied Children at Border as Refugees, Not Illegal Immigrants
Public Religion Research Institute - 07/29/2014
More than one-third (36%) of Americans view the number of children now coming from Central America as a crisis, while 43% see the situation as a serious problem but not a crisis. About 1-in-5 (19%) say the situation is a minor problem. A majority (69%) of Americans say that children arriving from Central America should be treated as refugees and allowed to stay in the U.S. if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home countries. In contrast, 27% say that children arriving from Central America should be treated as illegal immigrants and deported back to their home countries.
Local couple’s online hunt for baby to adopt spurs outrage
The Sylva Herald - 07/29/2014
Coy and Shelbi Gunter wanted to adopt a baby and had heard stories about a woman who successfully adopted a baby through Craigslist. “I was like, ‘What if we posted on Facebook?’ I figured that is the best way to do anything these days,” Coy said. Within a day or so, drowning in a flood of negative responses, the couple thought better of the posts.
Safe Options For Parents Unable To Care For Their Newborns
9&10 News - 07/28/2014
The Michigan Safe Haven Law gives parents a safe way to give up their newborn if they aren’t able to care for it. But surrendering the newborn is not the only option. Other agencies such as Bethany Christian Services allows women to call 24/7 to just explore their options both before and after the pregnancy. They will help women who feel overwhelmed or unable to take care of their child to their ability to make a voluntary adoption plan.”
A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache
New York Times - 07/27/2014
Rudy Rupak, founder of Planet Hospital, is in involuntary bankruptcy proceedings, under investigation by the F.B.I. and being pursued by dozens of furious clients from around the world who accuse him of taking their money and dashing their dreams of starting a family. “There are more scams and scandals in surrogacy now than I can ever recall seeing,” said Andrew W. Vorzimer, a surrogacy lawyer in Los Angeles. “But I think Planet Hospital is the biggest mess yet.”
Without visas for newly adopted babies, Md. family waits in China
Washington Post - 07/26/2014
Mike Norton and his wife, Annie, and their now five children are living in a hotel room in Guangzhou, China, unable to leave because their adopted babies, both 20-months-old, cannot get their travel visas. The State Department’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), which keeps all the background-check records on individuals seeking U.S. visas, started having outage issues on July 19, creating a massive backlog.
Report: 117% increase in children 12 and younger crossing border alone
LA Times - 07/25/2014
Although the increase among migrants ages 6 to 12 was significant, they made up only 14% of total youths apprehended at the border, according to the Pew report. “The fact that Hondurans represent the highest percentage [27%], followed by Salvadorans, makes clear that the major push factors are violence,” said Susan Terrio, an anthropology professor at Georgetown University who has interviewed dozens of unaccompanied immigrant children.