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Grandparents raising grandchildren – a graying trend

Chicago Post Tribune - 09/05/2014

The McGuires are among the rising ranks of gray-haired guardians and caregivers for their grandchildren. About 7 million grandparents across the country had grandchildren under 18 living with them in their homes, according to the 2012 U.S. Census data. The reality for many of these grandparents includes daily struggles, sacrifices and emotional tolls they never planned for. McGuire said, “the bottom line is, don’t be afraid to take on the role of mom and dad. That is what these children really need.”

Children in Nepal orphanages “at risk of abuse’

Agence France-Presse - 09/04/2014

Private orphanages have mushroomed across Nepal in the absence of a state-run welfare system, their growth fuelled by corruption and the prospect of attracting donations from foreigners, activists say. Agents recruit children from rural Nepal for a fee, promising their parents a good education in a private school in the city. Once in the shelter, the children are passed off as orphans in the hope of attracting donations for their care, mainly from well-meaning foreigners, according to activists.

Uganda fears for children as overseas adoptions boom

Agence France-Presse - 09/02/2014

An official report, details of which were published on Tuesday by the New Vision newspaper, said a boom in what it called the “international adoption industry” had led to some children who were not even orphans being taken into care for adoption or child sponsorship schemes. A child rights activist states “The report fails to recognize the criminal, intimidating and unethical activities that are being carried out by lawyers, orphanages and adoption agencies to ensure that children continue to be made available for international adoption rather than be resettled with their own families or placed into families in-country.”

Politicians demand stop to subsidies for adoptive parents who sent their kids away

New York Daily News - 09/02/2014

Currently, unless adoptive parents voluntarily terminate their parental rights or volunteer to stop getting the checks, they’ll continue receiving them until the child turns 21. In a statement, ACS said it “has worked and will continue to work with” OCFS to “seek permission from the federal government to discontinue the adoption subsidy after an adoptive child is returned to foster care and to encourage more flexibility in the guidelines.”

Woman to change plea in adoption scam case

Associated Press - 09/02/2014

A court notation Tuesday shows 34-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Sept. 17 before a federal magistrate judge in Kansas City, Kansas. Prosecutors allege Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals, pretending she was pregnant and seeking to give up her unborn child for adoption. The indictment contends prospective parents bought her meals and gifts, believing she was willing to let them adopt her baby after birth.

Rare Bipartisanship in Canberra may allow overseas adoption

Australian Public News - 09/02/2014

Australian families hoping to adopt a child from overseas could soon be able to do so, thanks to a rare moment of bipartisanship in Canberra this week. “Under the amendments to be made by this bill, children will be able to be granted citizenship as soon as the adoption is finalised,” he had said.

Drugging Our Kids

Mercury News - 09/02/2014

Excerpt: With alarming frequency, foster and health care providers are turning to a risky but convenient remedy to control the behavior of thousands of troubled kids: numbing them with psychiatric drugs that are untested on and often not approved for children. An investigation by this newspaper found that nearly 1 out of every 4 adolescents in California’s foster care system is receiving these drugs — 3 times the rate for all adolescents nationwide. Over the last decade, almost 15 percent of the state’s foster children of all ages were prescribed the medications, known as psychotropics, part of a national treatment trend that is only beginning to receive broad scrutiny.

Discarded children still bring in subsidy checks for the adoptive parents who tossed them aside

New York Daily News - 09/02/2014

While other cities in the state, including Albany, will sue reneging parents to force them to turn over the child support, New York City tells children that they must navigate the complicated process on their own. “(ACS) should be going after every adoptive parent for child support,” court referee Tamara Schwartz told city lawyers at a hearing last December for an adopted child whose mother had returned her to foster care. “They go after parents (who receive) public assistance. They should be doing that for foster care.”

$50,000 government grant for a memorial to mothers who lost children through forced adoption policies - 08/31/2014

A grant of $50,000 for the memorial – likely to be a statue or other art work – has been made available to an adoption support group at the personal behest of Premier Jay Weatherill. The money was made available after a memorial was suggested to the Premier by mothers who were present when, in August 2012, he apologized on behalf of the State Government for the forced adoption policies of the past. Nikki Hartmann is the manager of the Post Adoption Support Services program at Relationships Australia, which will manage the building of the memorial.

Tony Abbott’s adoption laws reforms under attack

Gold Coast Bulletin - 08/29/2014

Experts have told a parliamentary committee that the legal changes will make inter-country adoption “vulnerable to reduced standards for the protection of children, and greater risks of malpractice”. In its report to the Senate, the parliamentary committee has urged the government to strengthen protections for children before the legislation is passed, so the principles Hague Convention are “explicitly articulated” in all of Australia’s arrangements with other countries, and in the legislation.