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Rise in baby trafficking in India cuts adoption numbers and fuels trade

Thomson Reuters Foundation - 12/28/2017

Government officials overseeing adoptions said an increasingly long wait to adopt was closely linked to a rise in human trafficking in the country, with two baby selling rackets busted in India over the past two months. “There are more such rackets (of baby trafficking),” said Deepak Kumar, chief of the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), India’s main body to monitor and regulate adoptions.

Why do more L.A. County black children end up in foster care? Experts clash over the reason

Los Angeles Times - 02/16/2017

Black children account for eight out of 100 Los Angeles County children, yet they make up 28 out of 100 foster children, according to Department of Children and Family Services data. The reason for that difference is a subject of dispute among child welfare professionals.


Has Trump Order Put Internationally-Adopted Children at Risk?

Public News Service - 02/16/2017

Black children account for eight out of 100 Los Angeles County children, yet they make up 28 out of 100 foster children, according to Department of Children and Family Services data. The reason for that difference is a subject of dispute among child welfare professionals.

Concord adoption agency closure causes widespread anxiety, confusion across the US

East Bay Times - 02/13/2017

The abrupt closure of the Independent Adoption Center in Concord has shocked prospective parents across the United States who had paid the agency thousands of dollars to help them adopt a baby.


State Rep Wants To Create “Fostels”

KTSA - 02/10/2017

It’s Governor Greg Abbott’s top priority for the Texas Legislature this session–and, a North Texas State Representative thinks he has part of the solution for making improvements at the State’s troubled Child Protective Services. Collin County’s Scott Sanford calls them “Fostels.” “A fostel will be a volunteer home that has been cleared to house children in CPS care for no more than two weeks” Sanford said in rolling out his bill at the State Capitol in Austin Wednesday Afternoon.

My Voice: Strengthen, don’t limit foster families

Argus Leader - 02/10/2017

The bill would allow an adoption agency to turn away a loving aunt who could provide the best home for her nephew because she’s divorced. It could be used to stand in the way of adoption by interfaith families, or allow an adoption agency of one faith to say “no” to parents of another. It’s wrong, and the people who will be hurt the most are the children in need of a home and the families who want to provide it.


New bill would help foster kids keep in contact with their siblings if they get separated

KATU News - 02/09/2017

A new bill would keep Oregon foster kids in touch with their brothers and sisters if they were to get split up during the process.

Why This Collaborative Wants Philanthropy to Stop Funding Orphanages

Inside Philanthropy - 02/09/2017

More broadly, ECFG makes investments in like-minded organizations working to “strengthen systems for family-based care and reduce dependence on the institutionalization of children.” Recognizing that there may be no option but to separate children from their parents, ECFG also supports alternatives to residential care such as kinship care, foster care, and domestic adoptions.


Custody dispute puts 3-year-old’s future in the balance

The Herald - 02/09/2017

A three-year-old girl’s future is in limbo amid a custody battle that started in 2013. Edward and Tammy Dalsing of Rock Hill legally adopted Braelyn Puckett in September 2015, after having her for years as their foster child, according to S.C. family court documents. On Dec. 15, 2016, a S.C. Court of Appeals vacated the child’s 2015 adoption. That means Braelyn may be forced to leave the Dalsings.

When Family Preservation Overrides Common Sense

The Chronicle of Social Change - 02/09/2017

A check on federal and Iowa law shows that the judge did not violate any statute by returning the children home. There are almost no circumstances in which the state can bypass making “reasonable efforts” to return the siblings of an abused child to the home. The parents would have had to kill the child, or commit a felony assault on that child that caused serious bodily injury. I guess Malayia’s bruises, welts and running sores did not qualify. Had the parents’ rights to Malayia been terminated, that would give the state grounds not to send the siblings home, and that is probably what the agency was planning on before the judge decided.