May 31, 2001
'Maybe' Not: WB Sitcom to be Renamed (Zap2it.com)
The producers of the WB's new fall sitcom "Maybe I'm Adopted" have opted to
rename the show because of complaints that the existing title paints
adoption in a negative light, reports Variety.
State mends fences with foster parents (Seattle Times)
Turnover plagues the foster-care system, but reforms aimed at giving foster
parents better caseworker support and new respect may result in more
More children wards of state (Detroit News)
At least one county in Michigan is seeing a rise in the number of
parental-rights termination cases -- a point of concern for child advocates.
Maine trails U.S. in returning kids to their parents (Portland Press Herald)
As many foster children are adopted as reunited with their natural families
in Maine, according to statistics released Wednesday by the chief justice of
the Maine Supreme Court. That is at odds with national figures showing a
much higher home-placement rate in the country as a whole.
May 30, 2001
Milwaukee County relieved of child welfare duties (Milwaukee Business Journal)
Milwaukee County will no longer be responsible for the care of Milwaukee
area foster children as the state transfers child welfare services to four
local nonprofit agencies.
DSHS Unveils Plan to Improve Foster Care (PR Newswire)
An ambitious plan with the goal of achieving major reform of the Washington
foster care system was released today by the Department of Social and Health
Adoption Law Anniversary: Families Reunited (KGW.com)
Hundreds of families have been reunited in the last year, thanks to Measure
58, which was approved by voters in 1998 and went into action last year.
Shift away from foster care has jarring impact (Bergen Record)
Christina Clark spent her tortured childhood bouncing between a drug-using
dysfunctional mother, relatives, foster homes, and live-in programs for
Judges rubber-stamp agency in abuse decisions, some say (Bergen Record)
Others involved in the system say family court judges are overburdened and
rely primarily on DYFS' version of the case, often without giving parents a
real chance to defend themselves. And the public defenders hired to
represent parents often have little chance to investigate or prepare before
appearing in court.
May 29, 2001
Police canvass Golden Beach for leads (MSNBC)
Police officers from Miami-Dade and Golden Beach canvassed the exclusive
seaside city Thursday, handing out flyers with information on the death of
an infant girl found in a duffel bag by a bus stop this week.
Finding home (Honolulu Weekly)
Annette Baran advocates for adoptees finding their birth parents in the
complex tangle of modern adoption law.
Parents pay bribe or stay in jail (Seattle Times)
In China, where `one child' is the law for most families, local officials
try to squeeze a profit out of poor couples who have two or more children.
Mrs. Powell to Tell US About Uganda Orphans (Africa News Service)
Alma Powell, wife of the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, on Sunday
pledged to make the plight of Ugandan orphans and challenges of Uganda Women
Orphans to Save Orphans (UWESO) known to people in America and elsewhere.
May 28, 2001
'Their voices must be heard' (London Times)
Children's opinions must be heard if international custody disputes are to
be resolved without resorting to the use of force by tipstaffs, experts
How boys beat law to be with mother (London Times)
A 14-year-old girl and her two younger brothers had armed themselves with
cricket bats and a kitchen knife and turned their home into a fortress to
thwart Court of Appeal officers who wanted to fly them back to New Zealand.
Biological Mother Says Propps Raised Son Well (Albuquerque Journal)
A New Mexico couple accused of kidnapping a baby from New York more than two
decades ago did a good job raising him, the young man's biological mother
May 27, 2001
House OKs abandoned baby bill (Statesman Journal)
Despite a last-minute appeal by an adoption rights advocate, Oregon appears
headed toward joining a growing number of states that offer safe havens to
babies abandoned by their mothers.
Surrogacy: Bearing the greatest gift of all (Jerusalem Post)
A Hebrew University researcher has completed a groundbreaking study of the
results of the five-year-old law - the first of its kind in the world -
legalizing state-supervised surrogacy.
Foster Facts (Morning Call)
List of statistics
For couple, adoption was a good investment (Indianapolis Star)
While pondering finances, Goshen family felt called to adopt 2 babies from
May 26, 2001
Vietnamese women jailed over baby sales (Radio Australia News)
Two Vietnamese women have been jailed for five years for selling two baby
girls for 800 US dollars.
Md. Gay Man Adopts His Partner, Makes 32-Year Relationship Legal (Washington Post)
A Silver Spring man has adopted his gay partner of 32 years in order to
establish a legal family relationship, since they can't get married.
When Children Relied on Faith-Based Agencies (New York Times)
There are two things to remember about the "long tradition" of faith-based
antipoverty efforts referred to by President Bush in his recent speech at
the University of Notre Dame: First, for most of American history a primary
goal of such efforts was the propagation of particular faiths, and second,
no antipoverty program has ever succeeded well or for long without adequate
May 25, 2001
Safe-haven bill foes force postponement (Tennessean)
Legislation providing immunity from prosecution to mothers who drop off
their unwanted newborns at a safe haven came under attack yesterday from
Bible-quoting opponents but was defended by the sponsors as a means for
saving the babies' lives.
Trend toward older adoptive parents raises concerns (Dallas Morning News)
Fueled by the unprecedented push for permanent homes for state wards, which
began after a 1997 federal act called on states to speed up adoptions of
foster children, 1,300 parents older than 60 have adopted 3,400 children
through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
McConnell in call to halt declining adoption for children in care (The Scotsman)
THE education minister, Jack McConnell, has appealed for more people to
adopt young children in care, after statistics revealed a decline in the
number of applications to do so.
New law protects identity of natural fathers (Irish Times)
Most natural fathers of adopted people will continue to have their
identities protected under new adoption legislation, it has emerged. The
identity of natural mothers will be revealed, however, as all adoptees will
be entitled to their original birth certificate at the age of 18.
Welfare board remains juvenile (The Hindu)
As the controversy on the child adoption racket rages on, the spotlight
escapes the Juvenile Welfare Board which has an important role to play. For
all practical purposes the board could be non-existent, given the utter
disregard shown by the adoption homes to it.
Abused Foster Children Win Case (New York Times)
A federal jury awarded $3.3 million to three children who were physically
and emotionally abused while in foster care. Jurors on Thursday found the
state liable for damages and said Department of Children and Family Services
caseworker Clifton Woodard failed to safeguard the children.
May 24, 2001
Adoption 'cash grab' retained (National Post [Canada])
Despite a protest by adoption groups, the Ontario government will continue
to charge a $925 fee on orphaned children adopted from overseas.
Donor insemination offspring press for right to know (Canoe.com [Canada])
Stevens, a Toronto film-maker, has joined a growing number of
donor-insemination (DI) offspring pressing for the right to know their
New Bill to allow adopted people see birth certs (Irish Times)
Some 42,000 adopted people will have access to their original birth
certificates at 18, according to proposed legislation agreed by the Cabinet
Child Agency Gets New Plan and New Push (New York Times)
As Nicholas Scoppetta, the commissioner of the city's Administration for
Children's Services, unveiled a new five-year child welfare plan yesterday,
he stepped up his lobbying efforts to make his revamped agency a permanent
Baby Delivery law raises legal doubts (Detroit News)
Less than six months on the books, the Baby Delivery law has already raised
several troubling legal questions -- for the courts, parents relying on its
avowed protections and those involved in carrying out its requirements.
May 23, 2001
Lawmakers approve baby drop-off plan (Chicago Sun-Times)
Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan meant to keep desperate mothers from
killing their babies. The plan would let mothers leave babies who are 3
days old or younger at hospitals or fire stations, without facing criminal
Private business to research adoption histories (Oklahoman)
The state Human Services Commission agreed Tuesday to hire outside
businesses to speed up the process of providing family histories to adopted
The Right to Information (Irish Times)
The decision by the Cabinet to introduce legislation giving 40,000 adopted
people a right to their original birth certificates, at age 18, is welcome,
if long overdue. The Adoption Bill, published last night, will also give
parents who gave children up for adoption, the right to find the names of
the adoptive parents.
Law on adoption data next year (Irish Times)
Parents who gave up children for adoption will be entitled to find out the
names of the adoptive parents once the children reach 18, according to
proposed legislation cleared by the Cabinet yesterday.
Sharp fall in domestic adoptions (Irish Times)
Domestic adoption or adoption of Irish children placed with families by
agencies had dropped significantly from a high of 1,287 in 1975 to just 90
adoption orders in 1999.
From Russia, With Love (Newsweek)
An American volunteers to work in a Stalin-era orphanage-and finds it's not
quite what she expected
"Pity the orphan children, make adoption easier" (Manila Bulletin)
"REMEMBER the Norwegian couple, Sylvi Albrektsen Strom and Ole Strom, who
adopted two-year-old Samuel? They wrote me. Let me quote excerpts of their
May 22, 2001
Williams Adopts 9-Month-Old Twins, Says Motherhood Her Natural Calling (Salt
Natalie Williams' big hands, which have given her a career and earned her an
Olympic gold medal, are juggling something other than a basketball with
their soft, sure touch -- her new son and daughter.
Dead baby found in casino trash bin; Safe-Haven bill faces Assembly vote (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
A dead baby was found in a trash bin at the Harrah's Las Vegas on Monday,
just a day before the Assembly examines legislation designed to prevent such
Nevada to raise payments to foster parents by 47 percent (Reno Gazette-Journal)
State payments to some 800 foster parents will jump by an estimated 47
percent starting July 1, under plans adopted by the Nevada Legislature's
Longing to adopt a child? Cast your Net on new site (Globe and Mail [Canada])
A couple who adopted their son after finding the birth mother on the
Internet have launched Canada's first on-line adoption service for people
yearning for a baby.
May 21, 2001
Adopt-a-Kid Lists: Too Public? (Wired.com)
Basically, it's a balancing act between privacy and placement, said
Kisselbrack of the New York Office of Children and Family Services. The
children's full names aren't given; neither are their addresses. "But since
they have special needs, we need to give prospective parents the information
they need to avoid issues down the road," he said.
Looking to Adopt? Beware the Web (Wired.com)
After shelling out more than $15,000, the Smiths (not their real name) were
left empty-handed by an adoption facilitator they met on the Internet. After
10 weeks of waiting to pick up their baby in Tijuana, the facilitator told
them that the birth mother had changed her mind.
New center for kids achieves a foothold (New Haven Register)
Thirty-six concerned citizens in 1996 met at the home of Randi Rubin
Rodriguez and her husband, Sergio, to discuss gaps in services for children
and families affected by violence and substance abuse.
Adopted people may get access to birth certificates (Irish Times)
Proposals to give more than 40,000 adopted people access to their original
birth certificates at 18 are to be put to the Cabinet tomorrow. Adopted
people would get their original birth certificates regardless of whether the
birth parents had believed their identities would remain secret.
May 20, 2001
Suit Over Foster Care Settled in Tennessee (New York Times)
The State of Tennessee has settled a class-action lawsuit against its foster
care system, agreeing to sweeping changes in the tracking of the children in
its system and accepting oversight by independent monitors.
D.C. Dispatches: House passes adoption tax credit (Columbus Dispatch)
Without a dissenting vote, the U.S. House last week approved a bill
co-sponsored by Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Perry Township, that doubles the
adoption tax credit to $10,000 a year.
Foster children getting star treatment (Connecticut Post)
Already armed with compassion and a more than $100 million endowment, the
help that a local non-profit group is getting from celebrities is making all
the difference in its fight for foster kids.
County has high rate of adoption success (Detroit Lakes Tribune)
Through a public-private adoption initiative that began locally in 1998,
Becker County has successfully finalized between 30 to 35 state ward
adoptions that did not involve a relative or foster family, and another 27
cases where the parental rights of a child were transferred to a relative or
May 19, 2001
Yao Ye leaves China for medical care here (Irish Times)
Yao Ye and three other babies are the first children from Changsha to be
brought to Ireland for medical treatment under Orphan Aid's new Ashling
Project which was officially launched in China this week. The treatment is
paid for through Orphan Aid fundraising.
May 17, 2001
Child abuse reports stack up (St. Petersburg Times)
Backlogged cases don't involve children in danger, the Sheriff's Office
insists, but it can say less assuredly when or whether it will catch up.
Their mission: Give children a chance (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A Haddonfield couple have devoted their lives and home to their adopted
family of 15.
Ties that Bind ... (AARP Bulletin)
Uniting Adopted Children with Birth Relatives Can Bring Joy-or Pain-to All
Congress on tax cuts: No stopping us now (Christian Science monitor)
Plans are afoot to cut beyond $1.3 trillion - starting with relief for
Where Adoption Is Suddenly an Open Book (New York Times)
When Robert Crabtree saw an envelope from the Oregon health department in
his mailbox one day last July, the black hole he had carried around for most
of his life started to close. Inside was his birth certificate and the name
of his mother, which he was seeing for the first time.
May 16, 2001
Rock issues call for international ban on human cloning (Edmonton Journal)
Canada is calling for an international ban on human cloning to stamp out
unethical reproductive procedures that violate human dignity, Health
Minister Allan Rock said Tuesday.
Austria delivers first anonymous birth (News.com [Australia])
An Austrian project which allows despairing women to give birth in hospital
secretly, so that the baby can be offered for adoption, has produced the
country's first "anonymous birth", doctors said today.
State settles suit, pledges to reform DCS foster care (Tennessean)
The state yesterday settled a major class-action federal civil rights
lawsuit initiated by eight foster children, agreeing to allow an independent
monitor to oversee its troubled Department of Children's Services and to
implement a host of reforms designed to improve services to the 10,000
children in its care.
Mom's right to reclaim baby questioned (Detroit News)
Lawyers involved in the case of Baby Girl Brown, the first newborn to be
surrendered under Michigan's new baby delivery law, say the mother clearly
told everyone around her what she wanted before she fled the hospital. The
problem, according to an Oakland County judge, is the hospital staff failed
to tell the mother that under the law she had 28 days to change her mind.
May 15, 2001
Election 2001: Adoption (Rainbow Network)
Fostering is guided by the Children Act, which does not set any legal
precedent against gay men or lesbians wanting to foster children.
India Identifies 317 Quake Orphans (Excite News.com)
More than 300 children were orphaned in the earthquake that devastated
western India, and more than 600 others were left with only one parent, the
May 14, 2001
Mom who threw baby in canal stirs debate (Arizona Republic)
Seventeen-year-old Aimee Lee Weiss is an unlikely inspirer of politics. She
is accused of suffocating her newborn son in two plastic Wal-Mart bags,
placing him in a book bag, then dropping him in a canal behind her family's
May 13, 2001
Children are welcome, says this middle-aged new mom (Toledo Blade)
Many first-time mothers are turning to adoption to fulfill a lifetime dream
of rearing a family, said Laura Draheim, placement coordinator for Lucas
County Children Services. "So I said, I'll try it," Ms. Szilagye recalled.
Happy Mother's Day to birth mothers (Halifax Herald)
Happy Mother's Day to all birth mothers who gave up a child for adoption. I
know from listening to your heartfelt stories of wanting to know what
happened to your now-adult child that your tears will be many today.
For this clan, Mother's Day is family affair (St. Petersburg Times)
Over the past 25 years, this mother and her family have welcomed 39
profoundly handicapped children into their home.
Single Mom Fosters Special Bond (Albuquerque Journal)
Barbara Purcella was 25, single and had two boxes of macaroni and cheese in
her kitchen when she got the telephone call asking her to take in two foster
Finally, a family (St. Petersburg Times)
A mother's love and persistence help make a family complete with the
adoption of three young children.
New adoptive mother wrestling with 'why' (Evansville Courier & Press)
Sooner or later, many children ask their parents where they come from. In
Anjelica's case, when the questions came last fall, it had been barely two
months since I adopted her from Ukraine, and I could see she wasn't quite
yet always comfortable calling me, "Mama."
At Hale House, Broken Bonds and Pain for a Little Girl Lost (New York Times)
With her rushed journey, Amanda began a spiral from place to place, and from
family into foster care. At one point, at age 6, she was placed by an
Arkansas court with people who put her to work in their traveling cleaning
business. She is 8 now, newly adopted by the last of many sets of foster
parents. But throughout, Amanda's picture stayed on Hale House's Web site,
helping it collect millions in donations.
Good fortune arrives in tiny package from China (Journal-Standard)
Holiday has new meaning to Freeport couple after adoption of their daughter.
Where Children Find Refuge (Washington Post)
Maryland Couple Offers Shelter to 182 and Counting
May 12, 2001
Unselfish love: Mother's Day is bittersweet for those who chose adoption (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A Special Mother's Day for Mother and the Daughter She Gave Up (Associated
Press on kgw.com)
Mary Katherine Monahan barely had time to look at her baby. Then she had to
give the girl away.
Now, more than 40 years later, her daughter has found her, and the parallels
between their lives make it seem as if they were never fully apart.
Giving at birth (Bellingham Herald)
On the eve of Mother's Day comes Birth Mother's Day. A group of Seattle
birth mothers created the day in 1990 to honor those moms, like Watson, who
placed their children up for adoption. "I take pride in the fact that I did
what I needed to do for my child," Watson says. "It's a healthy thing and
not secretive or scary."
Adopted sisters excluded from natural dad's estate (National Post)
Two sisters from British Columbia have been excluded from their father's
estate because they were adopted by another man.
May 11, 2001
Search on for parents of rescued children (The Hindu)
The State Government has begun steps to locate the biological parents of
about 180 children, rescued from private orphanages and looked after at the
Government-run Sisu Vihar, so that the children could be restored to them.
In respect of infants adopted by foster parents abroad, the officials will
check the relinquishment certificates issued by their biological parents,
and if these are found to be genuine, and the infants were voluntarily given
in adoption, then the process of adoption will continue.
May 10, 2001
Legal fight to view adoption files (Society Guardian [UK])
A grandmother trying to "complete the picture of her life" yesterday asked
the high court to rule that she had a right of access to confidential
information about her adoption more than 50 years ago.
Parents' drug use behind foster rise (The Age [Australia])
Increasing drug abuse by parents is behind a 21 per cent increase in the
number of Australian children living in foster care, residential housing or
with relatives, experts said yesterday.
May 9, 2001
Court Won't Hear Implant Case (Excite.com)
New York's highest court refused to hear an appeal of a ruling that denies
visitation rights to a white woman who was the unwitting surrogate mother of
a black child after an embryo mix-up at a fertility clinic.
Child adoption bill sent to governor (Jefferson City)
Legislation that would speed up adoptions of children by their foster
parents was sent to Gov. Bob Holden on Tuesday.
Adoption Tax Credit Bill Cleared (Excite.com)
Legislation that would double the tax credit for the expenses of adopting a
child and raise the income eligibility limits for taxpayers who claim the
credit was approved Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.
Adoptees see double on Mom's Day (Philadelphia Daily News)
Written by clinical psychologist Mary Ann Koenig, herself an adoptee,
"Sacred Connections: Stories of Adoption" recounts the emotional and
psychological journeys of individuals involved in the adoption process -
from adoptees to adoptive parents and birth parents alike. The book is a
touching compilation that includes true stories wherein reality dictates
that not one but two Hallmark cards should be purchased on May 13.
May 8, 2001
Agencies can't retain child welfare workers, study finds (Nando Times)
A survey exposing problems retaining child welfare workers found state
agencies lost 20 percent of their staffs in one year, and the rate was twice
that at the private agencies they contract with.
Foster children numbers rise (news.com.au [Australia])
THE number of children in out-of-home care in Australia has risen by 21
percent in the last four years, according to a report released today.
John Towriss: A personal international adoption story (CNN.com)
John Towriss is CNN's Deputy Bureau Chief and Director of News Coverage in
Washington D.C. He shares his own experience in bringing a new child into
May 7, 2001
Byers to promise leave for adoptive parents
Parents who adopt are to be promised new rights that the Government says
will leave them up to £2,600 better off. The pledge will come this week as
Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, fleshes out
plans to extend paternity leave.
Adoptive, birth parents to share views in series (Kentucky Post)
This week, the Nolls will join adoption workers and people who have
experienced adoption from several directions to tell their stories at an
Adoptive Parenting Information Series. Families who have adopted, a mother
who gave her child up for adoption, and an adult who was adopted as a child
will answer questions.
Adoption apology too late for Indians (Chicago Tribune)
At her new home, White Hawk was afraid for a long time, and then ashamed.
"My adoptive mother constantly told me I was being saved from being a pagan,
good-for-nothing Indian," said White Hawk, 47. In 1988, she found her way
back to the Rosebud reservation, and discovered 19 aunts and uncles she
hadn't known existed; her mother was already dead. "I was led to believe I
was taken from nothing and I go back to find so much: people who remembered
me and who were glad I came back," she said. "You can't imagine how angry I
Attitudes toward adoption shifted (Rocky Mountain News)
Colorado has not had an orphanage since Clayton College at Martin Luther
King and Colorado boulevards shifted its mission in the early 1980s.
Orphanage revival (Rocky Mountain News)
Colorado is about to study the revival of orphanages as a way to handle some
of the 7,500 children overflowing from foster homes.
Judges mum about foster care in child-protective proceedings (Kennebec Journal)
Allegations that state child-welfare officials failed to investigate reports
of abuse by foster parents or to follow its own policies in the wake of the
death of a foster child came as an epiphany to judges asked to remove
children from their parents' care.
Both sides of 'Sam' case gain from ruling (Tuscaloosa News)
Both sides in the interstate custody fight over 5-year-old Joseph Sam
Johnson appear to have pulled at least one legal victory out of the April 27
Alabama Supreme Court decision.
Adoption parley focuses on results of new law (Jerusalem Post)
Results of a change in adoption laws allowing non-profit agencies to assist
parents adopting children from abroad are the focus of today's gathering of
adoption experts, parents, and government officials at the Hebrew
University's Baerwald School of Social Work.
Children On Sale (India Today)
Trading in human lives finds another dimension as orphanages prey on
destitute parents to run a thriving adoption racket
How Agencies Flout Central Guidelines / Sequence of Major Events in the Child Adoption Racket (India Today)
India's stolen babies sold in Australia (Times of India)
India's "stolen babies" controversy has taken a new turn, with newspapers
here saying that infant girls stolen from Indian orphanages and maternity
wards are being sold in Australia for adoption.
Identities of biological parents faked (The Hindu)
Preliminary investigations by the Corps of Detectives (CoD) into the
adoption racket has revealed that the adoption centres in Andhra Pradesh had
`faked' the identities of the biological parents of 20 children from
Gulbarga District who were offered for adoption.
May 6, 2001
Stolen infants 'adopted here' (The Age [Australia])
Infant girls bought or stolen in multi-million-dollar international rackets
have been adopted in Australia, a prominent Indian campaign on the rights of
women and children claims.
Roda Mistry's ICSW to surrender adoption right (The Hindu)
In an interesting twist to the adoption controversy, the Indian Council of
Social Welfare (ICSW), run by former Minister, Ms. Roda Mistry, has decided
to surrender their right to adoption work.
World's first genetically altered babies (The Age [Australia])
Scientists confirmed yesterday that the first genetically altered humans -
babies carrying DNA from two mothers - had been born and were healthy,
sparking worldwide concern from ethics watchdogs.
Kids Wait for Homes, And You Call (New York Daily News)
The phones started ringing as soon as Monday's paper hit the stands with our
new monthly feature, "A Child Is Waiting," a page of foster children. "They
want to be adopted," blared the headline, and more than 150 of you called to
say, "Tell me how."
Failed adoptions OK to deduct (Detroit News)
The federal tax code, which provides tax breaks for people who adopt, does
the same in cases in which an adoption falls through. However, most adoption
tax credits are set to expire at the end of the year, and efforts to extend
them have proved unsuccessful.
Long Way Home: Adoption quest's a paper chase (Sacramento Bee)
Somewhere out there, in a land that sometimes seems more distant by the
moment, there is a little Kazakh girl who's destined to be a Carter.
Seeking Cures, but Finding Anguish (LA Times)
For at least 30 years, stories of patients pursuing experimental treatments
with similarly tragic outcomes to that of Candace and her mother, Jeane
Newmaker, have surfaced at regular intervals. They all have at their center
deeply troubled souls hungry not for help but cures, and programs that
promised to provide them.
Teen plants seeds of Charity (Greenwich Time [Connecticut])
The 17-year-old Brunswick School junior founded a nonprofit foundation that
will help to financially sustain foster care programs and medical treatment
for orphans in China. The Greenwich-based China Care Foundation also will
provide financial assistance to American families interested in adopting
Making a Home (ABC News)
For the past couple of weeks, almost everywhere I go somebody wants to talk
about adoption. No doubt, it's because so many people saw me and my son on
the Barbara Walters' special...
May 5, 2001
Group offers woman $500 to go on birth control after death of baby (Detroit
Her youngest child dead at age two weeks, Rochelle Pennex -- mother of 12
other children, some of whom had cocaine in their system at birth -- wants
to have more children. But the county wants to terminate her parental
rights, and a nonprofit group wants to pay her $500 to stop having children.
Quebec halts adoptions from India (CBC News)
The agency that oversees international adoptions in Quebec has put a stop to
adoptions from India. Allegations of child trafficking have forced the
closing of several orphanages operating in India.
AMA doubts Aust would allow US birth technique (ABC News)
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) says it is unlikely a technique
being trialled in the United States to help infertile women have children
would ever be cleared by any ethics committee in Australia.
Fertility treatment uses DNA of 3 people (Mercury News)
30 BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN USING PROCESS THAT DRAWS GENES FROM 2 WOMEN, 1 MAN
Disabled orphans face bleak futures (Mercury News)
The 5-year-old, abandoned by her mother shortly after she was born, is one
of thousands of children with disabilities who face bleak lives in Russia's
1,100 orphanages. Social experts say her case exemplifies a larger problem
confronting so-called special-needs children, who have little hope of being
adopted and appear to be doomed to grow up in institutions.
May 4, 2001
Adoption offered hope to Romanian mother in troubled times (LA Times)
Twelve-year-old Colette Knapp of Upland doesn't recall anything about her
early childhood in Romania or about the loving mother who sent her to
America for a better life. After all, Colette was just 2 1/2 when she and
her baby brother were adopted by Carl and Lynnai Knapp. But this month
Colette will have an opportunity to visit her homeland and be reunited with
her birth mother.
Central adoption agency allays fears over scam (The Hindu)
The Central Adoption Resource Agency under the Ministry of Social Justice
and Empowerment today sought to allay apprehensions that have arisen
following the recent adoption scam in Andhra Pradesh that Indian children
given in inter-country adoption may be exploited for immoral purposes and
that they may be sold illegally for huge sums to foreigners
Justice, Agency Seek Stay in Case (Excite.com)
Justice Department lawyers and a California adoption agency suing the
government to block federal funding of stem cell research asked a federal
judge to put the case on hold until the Bush administration reviews the
New bill bans human cloning (Toronto Star)
A draft bill banning human cloning and for-profit surrogacy and imposing new
rules on research using embryos has been unveiled by the federal government.
State launches effort to keep foster siblings in one home (Boston Herald)
For the first time, public and private agencies have teamed up to create
foster homes in the Boston area for groups of three or more siblings who
might otherwise be split apart.
Florida Supreme Court creates statewide family court (Miami Herald)
The Florida Supreme Court ordered the formation of a court that will handle
domestic violence, divorces, paternity, adoption and other cases involving
May 3, 2001
Eggstra, Eggstra (Metro)
What happens to all the unused embryos frozen by fertility clinics year
after year? Medical researchers, pharmaceutical corporations and even
adoption agencies each have their own answer. How the unborn have become a
new kind of property.
Ohio Couple May Have To Return Adopted Child (NewsNet5.com)
An Ohio couple may have to give their 3-year-old adopted daughter back to
her biological parents in Oklahoma.
Supreme Court shames itself with cowardly ruling (Birmingham News)
Alabama's court system has failed miserably in bringing swift closure to the
custody dispute over Baby Sam.
CID to probe kidnapping angle in adoption scam (Times of India)
The Crime Investigation Department (CID) which is probing the adoption
racket is also looking into the possibility that the John Abraham Memorial
Bethany Home kidnapped some of the children.
Adoption racket assumes political colour (Times of India)
The ongoing controversy over illegal adoption and sale of children by
voluntary organisations took a political turn on Sunday with the Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) criticising the Congress for ``politicising the issue to
save its own leaders'' who were allegedly involved in it.
Naidu orders takeover of adoption home (Times of India)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday instructed
chief secretary P V Rao to look into the affairs at the Precious Moments, an
orphanage run by Anita Sen, wife of IPS officer Swaranjit Sen, and initiate
action against her.
Adoption authority team visits agencies in city (Times of India)
Alarmed over the child adoption scandal in Andhra Pradesh, the Central
Adoption Resources Agency (CARA) sent a two-member team to the city on
Wednesday on a `fact-finding' mission.
61 kids from Precious Moments shifted to Shishu Vihar (Times of India)
Sixty one children from Precious Moments home, an adoption centre at Miyapur
were shifted to the Sishu Vihar of the Women and Child Welfare Department at
Vengalraonagar here on Thursday evening.
Crackdown on NGOs shatters hopes of prospective parents (Times of India)
The `rescue operation' launched by the Women and Child Welfare department to
save children from `illegal confinement' is turning out to be a bane to kids
who have been registered for adoption.
Carry home the baby and be proud parents (Times of India)
Issueless couples should never lose heart. For, they can always adopt
children. And all that one need to follow is some simple rules, pay a little
amount and take home the baby. Yes you can be a proud father and a mother.
May 2, 2001
Law letting moms give up babies gets an early test (Chicago Tribune)
A new Michigan law allowing mothers to drop off newborns without facing
criminal prosecution is being tested in Oakland County. One of the state's
first babies to be abandoned under the new so-called safe harbor law has
highlighted some of its potential flaws, has a judge questioning its
constitutionality and has a baby's adoption in limbo.
One teen's happy 'yes' highlights Adoption Blitz (Buffalo News)
The blessed event happened not in a hospital but in a courtroom, when
19-year-old Shawn Michael Flament consented to his adoption during the 10th
annual Adoption Blitz Day in Erie County Family Court.
Adoption home tampered with children's records (rediff.com [India])
It was a reunion of a different kind for a divorcee and her two children
when she came to visit them at Sisu Vihar after the kids were rescued along
with 59 other infants and children from an adoption home 'Precious Moments'
run by Anita Sen, wife of a senior IPS officer.
Brian Dickerson: Valentine girl snares heart of new law (Detroit Free Press)
It is the best and worst of times to be alive in our materially blessed,
spiritually distressed corner of the world. This week, in an Oakland County
courtroom, the plight of an 11-week-old infant brought both extremes into
Call for joint adoption rights for unmarried couples (Guardian [UK])
Unmarried straight or gay couples should be allowed to adopt jointly,
instead of only one partner being designated the legal parent, a leading
charity has told MPs.
New Report Cites Concerns Over City Foster Care (New York Times)
Though the number of foster children in New York has declined by 24 percent
since 1996, credible reports of maltreatment in foster care more than
doubled during that period, according to a report released yesterday by the
public advocate's office
May 1, 2001
A Guide and a Friend in the Maze of Foster Care (LA Times)
Because of the way the system works, this foster mother was no longer
considered suitable to care for the medically fragile girl--who we'll call
Roberta--even though she had spent eight years raising the child. Suddenly,
the foster mother needed training and the court needed paperwork . . . and
Roberta needed someone to realize how desperately she missed the only real
home she had known.
April 30, 2001
Lost in foster care? (Washington Times)
"...these child welfare people can't even come close to knowing how many
kids they have. No wonder they weren't getting adopted." So said Jerry
Foxhoven, director of the Iowa Citizen Foster Care Review Board, as he
recalled how Iowa state officials once lost track of about 500 children who
were waiting to be adopted.
April 28, 2001
China's family fortunes (Irish Times)
Breaking China's one-child policy can lead to an extreme reaction by the
state - even to the death of your baby. Population control might be vital -
but how far should a government go? Miriam O'Donohoe learns how the law is
enforced and meets an unusual mother
Adoption starts from the womb (The Hindu)
The controversy over the credibility of some adoption agencies in Andhra
Pradesh gives rise to questions regarding imposition of Central Adoption
Resource Agency (CARA) rules. The CARA was formed in 1990 under the
guidelines of the Supreme Court judgment of 1986. One of the basic
guidelines is to prevent sale of children in the name of adoption.
Father loses round in court (St. Petersburg Times)
The latest ruling in the "Baby Sam'' case suggests there's a chance the boy
won't end up with his biological father.
North Carolina court blocks little girl's return to Florida (St. Petersburg Times)
A child advocacy group argues that no one considered the fitness of the
girl's birth parents.
April 27, 2001
Eleven infants rescued from yet another adoption home in Hyderabad (rediff.com [India])
Continuing their crackdown on adoption homes in and around Hyderabad, Child
Welfare Department officials on Friday evening rescued 11 infants from yet
another unrecognised children's home run by a voluntary agency taking the
number of rescued infants to 184.
Actress Amala denies role in adoption racket (Times of India)
Actress and animal activist Amala Akkineni on Friday said she was neither
the president nor director of the Hyderabad-based adoption centre St
Theresa's Tender Loving Care (TTLC) Home, which is being investigated by the
police for its alleged involvement in the sale of female babies.
Crisis nursery network grows to Yolo County (Sacramento Bee)
On Thursday, officials in Yolo County showcased the tidy home in a
grand-opening ceremony. The three-bedroom house, operated by FamiliesFirst
foster care agency, is now open as a crisis nursery for children whose
caregivers need relief.
Professors say results downplayed in gay-parenting research (Seattle Times)
Taking issue with two decades of research findings in the politically
charged arena of gay parenting, two professors say sexual orientation of
parents makes more of a difference than researchers have been willing to
Special police teams formed into adoption scam (Times of India)
Special police teams have been formed to nab Savithri Devi, owner of an
adoption centre facing child trafficking charges, even as a Central team of
officials inspected some licensed adoption centres in Andhra Pradesh in the
wake of a sordid adoption scam.
'That childhood was murdered' (Bergen Record)
A family court judge Thursday delivered a blistering tirade against a New
Mexico couple who allegedly kidnapped an infant from New York more than two
decades ago and raised him as their son.
April 26, 2001
Adopted girl wants to stay in Ohio (Beacon Journal)
Bonnie and Dean Maibach of Rittman have had custody of Lindsey since she was
2 days old, but they are now battling with the biological father to keep
her. The Oklahoma man has won the last round of appeals that give him back
his parental rights.
Justin case now goes to Ky. Supreme Court (Cincinnati Enquirer)
The Kentucky Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that will decide the
fate of one 4-year-old boy and could set a precedent for interpreting
adoption law in the commonwealth.
Foster children may get lawyers (Palm Beach Post)
The Children's Services Council wants to arm every abused child from
newborns to 3-year-olds that enters foster care with an attorney to ensure
no more children languish in state custody for years.
Despite law, Florida still sees discarded babies (Lincoln Journal Star)
At least 11 babies have been discarded in Florida since July, some in trash
cans or canals, despite a new law that allows parents to leave unwanted
newborns at hospitals and fire stations with no questions asked.
April 25, 2001
Romanian Middle Class is Key to Baby Crisis (EIN News Services)
Romania needs to boost its flagging birth rate and find homes for abandoned
children in order to avert a demographic crisis, an official said on
Judge rejects dismissal on challenge to state system (Naples Daily News)
A federal judge has recommended against dismissing a lawsuit challenging
Florida's system of care for 15,000 foster children.
Natives receive apology for 1950s racial adoptions (Anchorage Daily News)
A project dating to the 1950s in which Alaska Native and American Indian
children were taken from tribal homes to be adopted by white families was
wrong, hurtful and born of arrogance, the head of the nation's largest child
welfare organization told a national conference in Anchorage on Tuesday.
Irvine Woman Indicted Again in Alleged Baby-Selling Ring (LA Times)
An Irvine woman whom authorities accuse of masterminding an international
baby-selling ring has been indicted on smuggling and tax evasion charges,
nearly five years after similar charges were dropped for lack of evidence,
authorities said Tuesday.
April 24, 2001
Timor parents beg for their stolen children (The Age [Australian])
Several parents who have returned to East Timor from the West Timor camps
said Mr. Soares lied to them in 1999 to trick them into allowing him to take
their children to East Java.
Lost in the shuffle (Christian Science Monitor)
Consistent education falls behind in a system that moves kids often and
focuses on safety
April 23, 2001
Naidu orders probe into infant trafficking (Times of India)
Expressing anguish over the alleged infant trafficking, Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister N Chandababu Naidu on Sunday ordered a probe by state CID besides
setting up a separate board to monitor all ophanages in the state even as
condition of 17 of the rescued infants is stated to be serious.
The price of becoming pregnant (Virginian Pilot)
Jacob F. Mayer, director of the Jones Institute embryology lab, said only 17
percent of the 1,800 surplus embryos produced at the facility in the past
decade have been offered to help other people become parents. In such
instances, the donors and the recipients remain anonymous.
Shunned by parents, she survives by grit (The Hindu)
Two years ago, when the `child trafficking' racket first rocked Andhra
Pradesh, Manju was hardly few months old. The frail infant was one of the
228 such babies shifted to the State- run orphanage ``Sishu Vihar'' after
being rescued from the city- based voluntary organizations involved in the
adoption scam. In the last two years, Manju's heart has regained its steady
rhythm. ``We did not give her any special attention. We gave her whatever
she could eat. She recovered because of her sheer resilience,'' says Ms.
Krishna Jyothi, an officer in the Women and Child Welfare Department.
Suspected abuse victim taken from home fatally injured in foster care (Ohio.com)
A 2-year-old taken from parents because of concerns about possible abuse
died of a head injury suffered in a foster home, authorities said.
DCFS Takes Kids Away Too Easily, Suit Alleges (Salt Lake Tribune)
A Murray family is challenging Utah laws that allow state Division of Child
and Family Services caseworkers to remove children from homes without
notice, warrants, a court order or a hearing.
Safety net dropped (Anchorage Daily News)
A unique and highly regarded treatment program for severely disturbed Alaska
children as young as 5 years old closed last week because of funding issues.
Parents briefly reunited with Internet twins (CNN.com)
Parents Tranda and Aaron Wecker were allowed to visit the nearly
10-month-old girls for about an hour and 15 minutes each on Saturday. The
reunion took place at a counseling center in St. Louis.
Kilshaws 'planning another internet adoption' (This Is London)
The British couple at the centre of the internet adoption controversy are
hoping to adopt a different child, reports say.
Strict watch to be kept on adoption homes (The Hindu)
The Government today resolved that it would act with firmness to end illegal
trafficking in female children by keeping the adoption homes under a tight
In Harlem, Deep Concern Over Accusations Against a Source of Local Pride (New York Times)
Many Harlem residents said they did not understand how to sort out the
accusations, true or not, but were concerned that they might bring down a
charity of which they were proud. They also feared that the reputation of
Clara Hale, whom many thought of as the Mother Teresa of Harlem, would be
April 21, 2001
Sale of babies: Orphanage branch traced, 1 held (Times of India)
Alok Kumar said the main branch was directly involved in the sale of female
babies of Konchavaram area of Chincholi taluk of Gulbarga and some other
districts of AP.
April 22, 2001
Fringe Cloning Venture Raises Troubling Issues (LA Times)
A reproduction specialist once accused of unethical behavior is helping to
spearhead a team of foreign scientists on a crash research program to
Visiting Russian youths audition for adoption (Tennessean)
An adoption agency trying to find homes for older Russian orphans is looking
for local families willing to take them in for a four-week tryout this
summer. If potential parents fall in love with their young guest during the
''United States vacation,'' they can apply to adopt them.
Nickie wants a daddy - even in memory
Raymond Jacobson, an emergency-room doctor, died suddenly of cardiac arrest
Jan. 29, four days before a backlogged and short-staffed Orange County court
system completed the adoption investigation and paperwork, a process that in
some counties takes four to six months. But in Nickie's case, the
investigation, which typically takes a court employee eight to 12 hours to
complete, was not started for more than a year.
Orphaned orphanage fights for survival (The Nation [Philippines])
Ron Fullerton woke up one morning at the end of a spiritually exhausting
Lenten weekend to find he had lost almost P7 million. This was money that he
and his wife had been trying to raise for the past 10 years as a support
fund for their 12-year-old foundation, and he had 73 orphans to take care
'Master race' children confront painful past (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Persecuted after the war, they are now taking Norway to task for their
Adoption Tax Credit for Expenses Also Applies When Attempt Fails (LA Times)
The Internet twins--a widely publicized case in which a set of twins was
promised to two couples who each paid substantial adoption fees--brought
public attention to a little-discussed topic: the cost of failed adoptions.
April 21, 2001
Birth Parents Compete for Custody of 'Internet Twins' (Washington Post)
The so-called Internet Twins, who have been at the center of a bizarre
adoption controversy for months, are now back in St. Louis, where their
estranged natural parents are going to war with each other to regain
Child Care at Hale House Is Criticized by Advocates (New York Times)
According to interviews with social workers and advocates, the arrangements
between imprisoned mothers and Hale House have not always been happy. There
have been complaints that the staff fails to work with mothers, and several
mothers have said they were left for months without visits from their
children or written reports of their progress.
Rebirthing team convicted (Rocky Mountain News)
Two Evergreen therapists sobbed as they were led to jail in handcuffs Friday
night after a jury found them guilty in the rebirthing death of 10-year-old
Does fatherhood have a future? (The Age [Australia])
Last week, the Howard Government used its numbers in the lower house to pass
a bill enabling the states to deny single women and lesbians access to donor
sperm. Despite a bipartisan committee's rejection of the bill as
discriminatory, the government supports it on the grounds that children have
a right to a "mother and a father by being conceived into a marriage or de
facto relationship involving a man and a woman".
73 infants rescued in Andhra Pradesh (Rediff.com [India])
The Andhra Pradesh Government has tightened rules for adoption, to prevent
child trafficking, even as officials of the Women Development and Child
Welfare Department rescued 34 babies from a fake child adoption agency in
the city on Friday evening.
DYFS workers protest treatment, heavy caseload (Bergen Record)
Terry Whitfield figures she has nothing to lose. The veteran state Division
of Youth and Family Services caseworker says she has been persecuted,
disciplined, and demeaned over the past year for mistakes made because she
was forced to juggle too many child abuse cases.
April 20, 2001
Study: Many L.A. Foster Care Children Witness Violence (KFWB Radio)
In Los Angeles County, at least 40 percent of children in foster care
experience violence leading to high levels of distress, a UCLA study
Foster Care: Noble Cause, Troubled System (LA Times)
Children who have come through the system often complain that they were left
to fend for themselves, treated more like juvenile offenders than victims of
abuse and neglect. Shelters are violent and overcrowded, supervision of
foster homes is lax, children are seen as little more than case numbers or
sources of cash.
The reasons why people buy children online (Irish Times)
Authorities must protect children, but the tougher they get at local level,
the more the Kilshaw factor grows. If parenting looks too easy, bad
placements multiply. Yet the harder it gets to adopt a baby locally, the
more desperate people become.
April 19, 2001
Safe haven laws for unwanted newborns present only the tip of the solution (Tennessean)
In the wake of this week's heartbreaking case of a newborn's throat cut
allegedly by her Hermitage mother, providing a haven by statute for unwanted
children would seem the right response. But we're asking people not in their
right minds at the most stressful point of young lives to act appropriately.
Britain plans to ban cloning of humans (Deseret News)
Britain announced plans Thursday to ban human reproductive cloning in an
unprecedented bid to ease public concerns over new genetic technologies.
'Internet Twins' Return to U.S. (New York Times)
The Internet twins, infant girls at the center of a trans-Atlantic custody
battle, are back home in the United States, officials said Thursday.
Flintshire County Council, which had custody of the 9-month-old girls, said
the infants returned to St. Louis -- their birthplace -- on Wednesday,
accompanied by three social workers from Britain.
April 18, 2001
Rallying foster parents told no fund fixes soon (Birmingham News)
Alabama foster parents, among the lowest paid in the nation, rallied at the
Alabama State House Tuesday for more support from lawmakers. But an increase
in their daily reimbursement rate, now about $8 per child, likely will have
to wait until next year or later because of budget constraints at the state
Department of Human Resources.
Finding family far and wide (Fox Valley Villages)
For Dianne Sizemore of Oswego, the search for her birth family took 20
years. With the support of her adoptive mother, Florence Kissel, Sizemore
eventually found her entire birth family.
Reaching out, coming together (Fox Valley Villages)
The doorbell rang and Novotny-Roth rushed to the door to hug JoAnne Emerson
of Hammond, Ind., the half-sister she learned about only two months earlier
from her birth father, who lives in Arizona. The two grew up just minutes
apart from each other in Aurora, never knowing they were related.
Difficult balancing act: No open adoption records -- yet (Sacramento Bee)
The Assembly's Judiciary Committee killed legislation Tuesday that would
have entitled adult adoptees like Duggan to their birth and adoption
records. The committee unanimously agreed to reconsider AB 1349, however,
if a compromise can be reached that offers birth parents some protections.
King signs bill to close loophole in adoption background checks (Bangor Daily News)
The bill signed into law by King requires probate judges to ask the DHS to
review the child protective files, and state police to run criminal history
Kazakhstan Adoptions on Hold (About.com)
The government of the Republic of Kazakhstan has announced a temporary hold
on adoptions while procedures are reviewed.
Lawmakers Vow to Improve Foster Care (LA Times)
Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg and a broad array of powerful legislators
have introduced a $300-million package of 13 bills intended to provide child
welfare agencies with greater resources while holding them more accountable
Barbara Walters toughest interview (AP on Canoe.ca)
Barbara Walters, television's most famous interviewer, finally met a subject
she wasn't willing to sit down with -- her daughter, Jackie.
Bill would create dads' registry (St. Petersburg Times)
Assured by the measure protecting fathers' rights, Gov. Jeb Bush allows a
separate adoption bill to become law.
April 17, 2001
No end in sight in Baby Sam saga (Alabama Times Daily)
It's been a month and two weeks since Supreme Court-ordered mediation failed
to resolve the custody battle for Sam that began almost as soon as he was
born in March 1996 to Natasha Gawronski, Vietri's estranged girlfriend. She
put the baby up for adoption while telling Vietri his child had been
Activists Call for Amendment of Child Laws (allAfrica.com)
Civil organizations involved with children have called for the amendment of
some laws in the Children's Statute, saying they are not practical..."The
Children's Statute provides that if a foreigner wants to adopt a child, she
or he must live in Uganda for three years to learn our culture."
'It's been a bit like the Wild West' (Guardian [UK])
The Kilshaw case has exposed major flaws in the rules governing
international adoptions. The couple's QC, Allan Levy, tells Clare Dyer how
the sorry saga is speeding up reform
Uglich Orphans Work at 'Coolest Place in Town' (Moscow Times)
Last week a local newspaper voted Matrix the best cafe in this town of about
40,000 on the Volga River, and by all appearances it is a regular pizzeria.
In reality it is a noncommercial training center set up by American David
Tagliani for the 60 children, ages 7 to 18, who live in the adjacent detsky
Colorado governor signs 'rebirthing' ban (CNN.com)
Gov. Bill Owens on Tuesday signed a bill into law that prohibits the use of
"rebirthing" techniques by mental health professionals, a move that comes
one year after a 10-year-old girl died while undergoing such therapy.
April 16, 2001
CITY AGENCY'S PSYCH DRUGS IMPERIL FOSTER KIDS (New York Post)
Some advocates charge the foster-care agencies contracted to care for nearly
90 percent of ACS's children use medication to "control" the emotionally
DYFS case records are called slipshod (Bergen Record)
The 17-year-old mother had a heavy history: suicide attempts, prostitution,
and drug abuse. But the social service agency hired to help her received no
information about her troubled past. She arrived as a charge of the state
Division of Youth and Family Services with no records, no information, and
India Quake Orphans Go To Relatives (New York Times)
Each of the 285 children orphaned by the Jan. 26 earthquake in western India
will be adopted by relatives, the Gujarat state government has decided.
Adoption route for `better life' abroad (Times of India)
Harkirat Kaur is eight years old. She is from Hambowal village in
Kapurthala. Her father Bikram Singh has given her in adoption to his cousin
Bakshish Singh Bal, who lives in Vancouver.
Child welfare system needs funds, reform (Lincoln Journal Star)
Readers who followed children's caseworker Wendy Bolls through the
emotionally draining challenges she faces every week should need little
convincing that improvements are needed in the state system.
Not good enough, even for orphanages (US News & World Report)
No one wants babies of HIV-positive mothers in Russia.
April 15, 2001
Shunned by neighbors, Uganda's Ebola orphans struggle to survive (Pioneer Planet)
In Gulu, Uganda, the epicenter of an October outbreak that killed 173
people, hundreds of Ebola orphans -- the majority of them younger than 12 --
are struggling to survive after losing one or both parents to the virus.
Many are heading households; others have joined the ranks of Uganda's street
McCallum plans no rate boost for foster care (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
In the face of what has been described as a "structural deficit," state
officials say money is too tight to raise the rates right now, even by the
modest 1% and 2% that had been proposed for 2002 and 2003, respectively.
Close to Her Heart (Washington Post)
Barbara Walters makes only two specials a year for ABC, so in addition to
her Academy Awards show with a handful of Hollywood stars, the second one
has got to be something she really wants to do, she said. This one is. On
Friday at 10, Walters, who adopted a daughter more than 30 years ago,
profiles several of her ABC coworkers' experiences with adoption on "Born in
My Heart: A Love Story."
Baby sitter who advertised child for adoption accused of kidnapping baby: police (Daily Southtown)
A 14-year-old baby sitter is accused of snatching an infant after
advertising on the Internet that she had a child available for adoption,
State's foster children could get mental care under agreement (Jacksonville Sun-Sentinel)
Thousands of Florida's abused, neglected and delinquent children could
receive mental health services under an agreement filed in U.S. District
Siblings find each other via the Net after 47 years (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
John Kirchhoff drove over to his sister's house for barbecue Saturday
evening. He tried parking his Chrysler Fifth Avenue out front, but he was
too excited to maneuver it into the space. So he just left it jutting into
the street to run up the sidewalk and into Angelique LaVine's outstretched
Group aims to reunite foster kids (Fresno Bee)
In its seven years, Camp to Belong, located near Vail, has linked hundreds
of foster children with their brothers and sisters. They spend a week riding
horses, swimming and toasting marshmallows over a fire. Last year, children
from nine states converged at the camp.
A case of 'assembly line' justice? (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Lawyers find fault with handling of teenager convicted of killing her baby
Long Way Home: Seeing adoption through child's eyes (Sacramento Bee)
When Colin and Noreen Carter opened their eyes after this visualizing
exercise, they had the distinct sense that ... well, their eyes had been
opened. It is still months until they will travel to Kazakhstan to bring
home an adopted toddler daughter, but the broader journey -- the journey of
self and perspective -- is plainly in full flight already.
April 14, 2001
Workers protesting privatized foster care (Topeka Capital-Journal)
Doctors and social workers have joined efforts to publicize what they say is
the downside of a privatized foster care system.
Russia mounts struggle against foreign adoptions-children (ITAR/TASS News Agency)
More than 600 young children in the Volgograd region were illegally adopted
by their foreign parents and taken out of Russia between 1993 and 2000.
Facilitators in adoptions under review (Arizona Republic)
They are praised as matchmakers, condemned as baby sellers. Unlicensed,
often untrained and largely free of regulation, baby finders are
increasingly in the middle of adoptions-gone-wrong stories.
Playgrounds for Russian kids on hold (Detroit News)
A family planning to build playgrounds at Russian orphanages this summer has
run into several hurdles -- but none they believe can't be overcome.
April 13, 2001
Italy May Return Adopted Children (Africa News Service)
Italy may return 41 Rwandan children at the centre of an international
adoption row between Rome and Kigali, the BBC reported on Friday.
Foster care unfitting if family can change (Statesman Journal)
Editorial: Rehab should be federally funded as an alternative to giving up
'Maybe I can save one kid' (Lincoln Journal Star)
The snow that's been predicted all week has arrived. All 10 inches. But
Wendy Bolls has an 8:20 a.m. appointment with Mr. Bow Tie - Juvenile Court
Judge Thomas Dawson - and she's not about to miss it.
A Strong Arm to Lean On for Mothers in Trouble (LA Times)
Unwed mothers. The phrase seems outmoded, quaint; a throwback to more
conventional times, before single motherhood became de rigueur. Indeed,
about one-third of all births today are to unmarried women.
Thai adoption process praised (Irish Independent)
The Minister said the group's work was invaluable in easing the adoption
process and in helping adopted children to maintain links with the culture
April 12, 2001
New Families, New Questions (Washington Post)
In what is perhaps a remarkable indicator of the mainstreaming of gay
America, groups designed to help lesbians navigate the complex biological,
social and legal issues of parenthood are thriving across the nation.
Senate endorses changes in foster care payments (Jefferson City News Tribune)
While scaling back a program that pays people to care for their
grandchildren, a bill endorsed by the Missouri Senate ultimately would
increase the state's payments to foster parents.
Embryo Adoption (ABC News.com)
Thanks to modern medicine, Bob and Susanne Gray have the full house they
always wanted: a daughter conceived with the help of fertility drugs, twins
from in vitro fertilization and their youngest, conceived through
ON THE FRONT LINES: THURSDAY (Lincoln Journal Star)
This dreary Thursday morning the Child Protective Services caseworker winds
around in her Chevrolet until she finds a north Lincoln address and pulls
into a gravel drive for a home visit.
British couple won't appeal ruling sending twins back to United States (CBC)
April 11, 2001
KIDS, CUSTODY AND COURTS (Lincoln Journal Star)
It's a dismal morning and weather forecasters are predicting snow, but the
streets are dry. Wendy Bolls gives thanks for small favors and grabs a
marker off the write-and-wipe board on her supervisor's door.
Abandoned baby's mom eager for child's return (Star-Telegram)
The mother of a baby boy who was dropped off at a fire station just after 2
a.m. Monday has been found, an official with Child Protective Services said.
Airlines offer adoption fares (Christian Science Monitor)
Taking a cue from corporate employers who provide adoption benefits to their
employees, two airlines, British Airways and Northwest/KLM, offer a
variation on that theme - special fares for all passengers adopting children
April 10, 2001
Baby found in Easter basket (Rocky Mountain News)
Police hunt mother who left her newborn and a note in parking space at
Adoption bill still in need of a heart (St. Petersburg Times)
The dizzying print of the legalese boils to this: The bill would put the
power to stop an adoption in the hands of a birth father, whether or not he
behaved responsibly toward the birth mother during her pregnancy.
Liberal Party OKs gay adoption (Aftenposten [Norway])
Norway's Liberals (Venstre) have followed the lead of the Centre Party (Sp.)
and voted in favour of allowing homosexuals to adopt children. But the
parties' centrist allies, the Christian Democrats (Kr.F.), are disappointed.
Fostering hope for children (Lincoln Journal Star)
Last night the Child Protective Services caseworker stayed late to dictate a
report, and today she backtracks through winding hallways and secured
doorways to find it.
Mother welcomes twins ruling
The mother of twins adopted over the Internet says she is hopeful she will
soon be reunited with them after a UK judge ordered the pair returned to the
Hopes for a blood brother dashed (Montreal Gazette)
A Holy Week challenge for my Christian friends: top this as a holiday
conversation starter: "Happy Passover, Mom. Did you have a baby that you've
never told me about?"
April 9, 2001
'We're trying to stop the cycle (Lincoln Journal Star)
In another life she cut hair. Now she fixes families. Or tries to. "It's not
easy," says the 35-year-old with fluffy, bottle-blond hair. "But it's my job
to not just say, 'Mom hit her kid. What a horrible person.' It's my job to
say, 'Hey, what's going on? What can we do to fix it?' "
British couple loses bid for custody of twins in Internet adoption case (CBC News)
Justice Andrew Kirkwood ruled that the nine-month-old girls should be
returned to Missouri, where their estranged biological parents are seeking
custody. The British couple who adopted the twins were considering whether
April 8, 2001
A child is waiting (Sacramento Bee)
The Carters are adopting a baby from Kazakhstan, an adventure that promises
to change their lives in a hundred ways
International adoption time, costs vary widely (Sacramento Bee)
Here are some questions and answers about international adoption:
House withdraws adoption reform (Bradenton Herald)
House leaders pulled back from the governor's desk legislation changing the
rules of adoption because of fire from the adoption community.
Family matters: When the state steps in (Lincoln Journal Star)
Today's stories introduce Lincoln Journal Star readers to Protection and
Safety Department caseworker Wendy Bolls. In early February reporter Cindy
Lange-Kubick and photojournalist Eric Gregory spent a week with Wendy.
Beginning tomorrow and ending Friday they take you through that week a day
at a time.
April 6, 2001
Setting the Record Straight (Moxie Magazine)
More than six million American mothers surrendered children for adoption. In
the wake of Oregon's decision to open records, society has a renewed
interest in these heretofore invisible women.
April 5, 2001
Adoption reform in Scotland (London Times)
Scotland's Education Minister yesterday unveiled plans to modernise the
country's child adoption system.
Adoption as an option? Even that is daunting (St. Petersburg Times)
The governor is now considering a bill that rewrites the state adoption law.
The bill is so screwy that a Tampa lawyer who is vehemently anti-abortion,
and has spent her career putting her beliefs into action by doing nothing
but adoptions, firmly believes the bill will only encourage more abortions.
Bill would help mothers relinquish newborns (Philadelphia Inquirer)
There would be no questions asked about young infants left at hospitals. The
sponsor cited tragic abandonments.
April 4, 2001
Children bills get Senate OK (Billings Gazette)
The Montana Senate on Tuesday voted to approve House amendments to three
bills changing the way the state handles cases of abused, neglected or
These parents offer - and find - love (Philadelphia Inquirer)
In N.J., a program gives HIV-infected children more than just a home.
April 3, 2001
Havens for Abandoned Babies
In spite of shaky statistics about the number of infants "discarded" in
public places in the US each year, many states have enacted or are actively
considering new "safe haven" laws to prevent such tragic abandonments. By
making such "drop offs" safe and easy, is society actually saving lives or
really just encouraging abandonment of babies?
Flap over laws to save abandoned babies (Christian Science Monitor)
States let mothers drop infants at 'safe havens.' Critics say it worsens the
U.S. parents ask British court to declare twins 'abducted' (Philadelphia Inquirer)
The struggle for custody of U.S. twins adopted through the Internet returned
to court yesterday, with lawyers for the birth parents asking that the girls
be declared abducted children, a court spokesman said.
April 2, 2001
ABC Presents Barbara Walters Special "BORN IN MY HEART" (4/20/01)
A very personal Barbara Walters Special, "Born in My Heart: A Love Story,"
takes an intimate look at members of the ABC family who desperately wanted
children and whose lives have been transformed by adoption.
The Coming Goodbye (Pioneer Planet)
Illegally adopted in Argentina 25 years ago, two-time felon Marisa Carlson
faces deportation to a country whose language she does not know.
Americans Don't Understand Cloning (New York Times)
Read messages on Internet sites touting the possibility of human cloning and
a trend emerges: Many Americans don't understand what cloning means, much
less how risky animal experiments show the technology to be today.
Mission To Find Foster Families (Newsday)
Responding to a growing need, local social service departments have been
forced to become more innovative in the way they recruit potential foster
and adoptive homes.
April 1, 2001
Legal Chill Surrounds Frozen Embryos (Albuquerque Journal)
They are human embryos, only days into their growth, and they live in
increasing numbers in cryogenic limbo in fertility treatment clinics around
the country. They are an example of technology that is outpacing society's
ability to come up with laws or ethical decisions that will answer what
should be done with them.
Orphan asylum is long gone, but scars take time to heal (Columbus Dispatch)
The child's autograph book is deceptively small -- tiny enough to palm but
large enough to hold the pain of Rita Gilkerson Hallam's orphan days. Now
70, the widowed grandmother gingerly opened the green cover ...
DCS fails to monitor all kids, audit says (Tennessean)
Despite promises by the state Department of Children's Services to revamp
its beleaguered agency, including hiring 121 new caseworkers last year, DCS
continues to have trouble keeping track of some of its children and managing
its money, auditors have found.
March 31, 2001
A misery-strewn adoption measure (Tampa Tribune)
Last week the state Senate followed the House and passed a bill designed to
allay the fears of adoptive parents who worry that a birth parent will turn
up after the fact to reclaim their child. But if the bill becomes law, it
would do just the opposite because it gives greater rights to birth fathers,
which would only complicate the adoption process.
Caregivers tell DiFrancesco they're hurting (Bergen Record)
Aurea Rivera, a 56-year-old grandmother raising her daughter's five
children, pleaded with acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco on Friday to give
her some help.
Foster Standards Called Overdone (Albuquerque Journal)
It's time social workers for child welfare agencies take a "common sense"
approach rather than a strictly clinical approach to adoption and foster
cases, Oglesby said. Otherwise, the number of foster parents nationwide will
continue to drop 20 percent a year, he said.
Pregnant teen may stay in foster care until age 23 (Naples Daily News)
A pregnant 18-year-old girl will be allowed to remain in the state's foster
care system until age 23, as long as she stays in school.
DHS withholds data on foster-home visits (Portland [Maine] Press Herald)
The state Department of Human Services is refusing to say how many of
Maine's nearly 3,200 foster children received mandatory "well-being" visits
from their caseworkers in the last three months.
March 30, 2001
Double Diaper Duty (Pioneer Planet)
After falling victim to a baby-selling scheme, a Stillwater couple
successfully adopted a baby girl. They soon decided they couldn't walk away
from the Hungarian baby they had tried to adopt.
March 29, 2001
Lesbian Couple Challenges The Child Care Act (Mail & Guardian [South Africa])
On Tuesday the Pretoria High Court will hear a case that could have
Beijing admits imbalance in birth statistics (Irish Times)
The head of the state statistics bureau, Mr. Zhu Zhixin, revealed that while
the census birth gender ratio was not yet available, the figure for 1999
showed that for every 100 female births there were 117 males born. This
compared to 111 males to 100 females born in 1990.
'The Lost Children of Wilder': A Sad Cycle of Bounces in Foster Care (New York Times)
"The Lost Children of Wilder" is a wrenching account of that foster care
system's disasters, oversights and tragedies. Nina Bernstein, a reporter for
The New York Times, has compiled a brilliant, moving chronicle of a bright
little girl named Shirley Wilder and the dogged lawyer, Marcia Lowry, who
tried to find her a home.
Adopting Children Abroad (International Herald Tribune)
There are thousands of Americans living outside the United States who would
like to adopt children internationally. But the new Child Citizenship Act
benefits only families residing in the United States.
March 28, 2001
Capitol Hill to address ethics of human cloning today (Philadelphia Inquirer)
With growing numbers of groups claiming efforts to clone a human, a
congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing today on whether human
cloning should be barred in the United States.
Couple Seeks Delay in Adoption Void (Yahoo Daily News)
A Welsh couple who adopted twin girls over the Internet have asked an
Arkansas court to delay an order voiding the adoption while they pursue an
Fewer abused and neglected children reunited with parents (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Six months after Melody Dady first injected methamphetamine into her veins,
she had lost everything she held dear -- her three children, lifetime
partner, job and home.
Welsh couple seeks delay of order voiding adoption (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
A Welsh couple is asking the Arkansas Court of Appeals to delay an order
voiding their adoption of twin infant girls from Missouri.
March 27, 2001
Texas state senator drafts bill to ban human cloning (Daily Texan on ExciteNews)
Although Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, finds biotechnology
"fascinating," there is one aspect that frightens her: human cloning. The
fright prompted her to draft Senate Bill 102, which would ban human cloning
Unmarried fathers offered full parental rights (Guardian [UK])
Unmarried fathers who register their children's birth jointly with the
mothers will obtain full parental rights under a clause in the adoption and
children bill, which had its second reading in parliament yesterday.
Bill would extend foster home age (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Nevada lawmakers learned Monday that 41 percent of the teens who have grown
too old for foster care in the past two years have spent some time in jail.
Assembly considers baby drop-off bills (Beacon News)
Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan meant to reduce the number of
babies left to die. They want to make it legal for mothers to abandon their
newborns, so long as they do it in approved places.
Sale of female babies in Gulbarga Dt. (The Hindu)
large-scale sale of new-born girl children by the poor Lambada community
people has come to light in Chincholi taluk in Gulbarga District.
Arizona man pursues adoption lawsuit (Deseret News)
Victor Johnson has never met the 4-year-old girl he claims is his daughter.
And although a hearing scheduled in federal court in Salt Lake City Tuesday
is pivotal to the future he wants to have with her, the Arizona man did not
make the trip to attend it.
Felons OK'd as foster parents (Lincoln Journal Star)
Some ex-convicts are serving as foster parents in Nebraska and the practice
is not against the law, the Omaha World-Herald reported Sunday.
March 26, 2001
Kinship care program designed to keep mistreated children with relatives
Norris and Debra Powell have been on an emotional roller coaster for months,
but the ride is finally over. On March 13, they received legal custody of
Metro Matters: Preserving Progress Born in Tragedy (New York Times)
A two-day conference about the future of the city's five-year-old
Administration for Children's Services begins in Brooklyn this morning. A
question not on the program: Will there even be an Administration for
Children's Services five years from now? Next year?
Adoption tax credits (Sacramento Bee)
Since 1997, thousands of Americans have been able to claim a $5,000
refundable tax credit to help pay for a domestic or international adoption
and care for the children. To prevent the credits from expiring in
December, Senate and House lawmakers have introduced identical legislation
to make the program permanent and to increase the credit to $10,000 per
For now, foster families left alone (St. Petersburg Times)
Awaiting sweeping changes, parents are left unsure where to turn for help.
Adoption records seal hope and fears (Bergen Record)
Denise keeps two handwritten letters in a locked metal box. They're from the
son she gave up more than 30 years ago.
Adoption chiefs are advised to split up siblings (London Times)
Adoption agencies and social workers should divide brothers and sisters when
they are placed for adoption to make it easier for each child to find a
suitable adoptive family, a report says.
'Rebirthing' therapists face trial for death (Chicago Sun-Times)
Two Evergreen, Colo., therapists go on trial this week, accused in the death
of 10-year-old Candace Newmaker during a "rebirthing" therapy.
March 25, 2001
Researchers Find Big Risk of Defect in Cloning Animals (New York Times)
Four years after researchers in Scotland startled the world by announcing
that they had cloned a sheep named Dolly, scientists say evidence is
mounting that creating healthy animals through cloning is more difficult
than they had expected.
Short on Donated Sperm, Canadians Reluctantly Turn to U.S. (LA Times)
After a woman contracted a sexually transmitted disease, the government
imposed strict tests on donors. That forced most fertility clinics to close.
Blurring the Lines: What, Exactly, Is Parenthood? (New York Times)
A weird cluster of recent stories about lost and found children -- and lost
and found parents -- have sucked me, only half against my will, into their
orbit. At bottom, they're stories that play into our fears of displacement
and abandonment and mistaken identity -- that our children will be taken
from us, that we will find out our parents are not who we thought they were.
House Sets the Stage for Debate on the Cloning of Humans (LA Times)
The leader of a religious group devoted to UFOs and an American fertility
specialist are scheduled to testify before a congressional panel this week
about their efforts to clone people, in what is likely to be a step toward
legislation banning the practice.
Hand-wringing aside, human cloning inevitable (Pioneer Planet)
When the world got word in 1981 that the first test-tube baby had been
``created'' in Britain, everyone from medical ethicists to infertility
authorities to ordinary citizens wondered aloud -- and loudly -- whether we
were entering dangerous moral and scientific territory.
Churchill's wife offered to give up baby to close friend (London Telegraph)
The Telegraph has learnt that diaries containing the information have been
discovered in military archives after remaining hidden for more than 80
years. The private papers reveal that Clementine Churchill was four months
pregnant when she discussed giving her baby to Jean, Lady Hamilton, a close
friend who had been desperate for a child of her own.
Adoption gives troubled children fresh start (Sun Journal)
In Bill and Ellen County's crowded house, there are as many stories as there
are children. Today, there are six. Four are adopted. Two more hope to be.
Recalling Albert's stories still makes Ellen County cry. It's part of being
an adoptive mother of children in state custody, she says. The past is never
Former foster children offer suggestions for improvement (Press Herald)
Today, Hinkley calls those strangers Mom and Dad. She considers herself
fortunate to have received loving, stable foster care, and is working with
current and former foster children to improve the system for those entering
March 24, 2001
Parents not allowed to raise baby (Ohio.com)
A husband and wife once accused of selling a son over the Internet have been
denied the right to raise their youngest child.
Couple sues in adoption of baby with disabilities (Edmonton Journal)
A Halifax couple is suing an adoption agency and one of its social workers
for allegedly misleading them 10 years ago into adopting a baby who had
16,000 children in foster families (The Australian)
AUSTRALIA has an unrecognised social crisis: 16,000 children from babies to
teenagers scattered across the country in foster families, refuges, with
relatives, in motel rooms and on the streets.
A final step to prison (St. Petersburg Times)
Jim Curtis walks out of a courtroom Friday to begin a 13.8-year sentence for
killing the boy he was to adopt.
March 23, 2001
Panel OKs bonus for those raising relatives' kids (Bergen Record)
Cash-strapped caregivers raising relatives' kids would get an increase in
state assistance under a bill approved by an Assembly committee Thursday.
Senate okays adoption changes (St. Petersburg Times)
The Florida Senate on Thursday sent Gov. Jeb Bush a sweeping, complex
rewrite of Florida adoption law, the first major bill completed in the
Legislature's 2001 session.
March 22, 2001
Italy Doctor Defends Cloning Plan, Attacks Vatican (New York Times)
A controversial Italian doctor determined to be the first to clone a human
defended his plan before a medical council on Thursday and accused the
Vatican of starting a new Inquisition against science.
March 21, 2001
The 'Lost Boys' of Sudan Find a Home
Abraham is one of 3,600 Sudanese youths, ages 10 to 21, who were orphaned by
war and are being resettled in the United States under a special initiative
by the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations High Commissioner on
Giving Orphans A Mom's Embrace (Moscow Times)
Unlike tens of thousands of children living in cash-strapped state
orphanages across Russia, Tomilino residents have things every family has,
like family photographs, New Year's presents and bedtime stories. Most
importantly, they have mothers.
March 20, 2001
Womb for rent (St. Petersburg Times)
Andromeda has to decide: Should she stay silent about something she feels so
strongly about, to save herself the pain of possible criticism? Or should
she take the time to try to make strangers understand why she's doing this
-- why she's growing babies for someone else?
Internet twins case adjourned to April 2 (Australian Broadcasting
A British court case to decide the future of American twin girls adopted by
a British couple over the Internet, was adjourned today to London's High
Court on April 2.
March 19, 2001
Legislative proposal: Open adoptee birth files (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
Right to know vs. personal privacy: It's a conundrum, all right, one I don't
envy lawmakers having to deal with. But they are dealing with it. At least,
they're giving it the old college try in the current legislative session.
March 18, 2001
Reform Custody Process (Lewiston Sun Journal)
A 5-year-old foster child who died of asphyxiation might be alive today had
her mother been given more power and protection in doing battle with the
state for custody, a Lewiston lawmaker said.
High Court to rule on internet twins' future (London Daily Telegraph)
The baby sisters at the centre of the "internet twins" dispute could be
flown back to America this week after two US courts urged the High Court in
Birmingham to return them to their country of birth. The court is due to
consider the future of the nine-month-old girls tomorrow in a private
hearing before Mr. Justice Kirkwood that is expected to last three days.
Disabled Mother Loses Son to State (Albuquerque Journal)
In October 1998, a young, disabled mother took her month-old baby to a
doctor because he wasn't holding down his milk and he wasn't gaining weight.
It wasn't until a few months later - when the baby was in the state's care
and still not thriving - that he was diagnosed as lactose-intolerant,
according to the mother's attorneys. Still, despite the mother's effort to
get her baby back, he remains in a foster home.
Safe havens for babies, second chances for troubled mothers (Associated
They're young and frightened. Usually they conceal their pregnancy and
deliver in secret. Desperate, they abandon their newborn in public places: a
park, on the street, in a trash pile.
Starting over: Roseville's Home Start gives parents a chance to get on track
This is Barbara's first parenting class at Roseville Home Start. Two days
before, she was living in a homeless shelter, her children in foster care.
Now she's been given a chance to keep her family together.
March 17, 2001
Accused killer takes plea deal (St. Petersburg Times)
Jim Curtis is expected to spend nearly 14 years in prison in the death of a
medically troubled boy that he had sought to adopt.
Baby found in bathroom at hospital (Birmingham News)
A woman found a healthy day-old baby boy left in the women's' bathroom at
Montclair Baptist Medical Center's professional building Friday morning.
Mother makes deal in Placer: Woman who left her baby pleads to felony
Stephanie Anne Winship, the 26-year-old woman charged with leaving her
newborn baby girl outside a Roseville hospital last November, pleaded guilty
to felony child abandonment Friday in a bargain with the Placer County
District Attorney's Office.
March 16, 2001
Foster mom can't forget two taken away (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
It's been five years since David and Beverly Cox have seen the two little
girls that they'd nurtured as foster parents and had hoped to adopt.
Black newborns likelier to be drug-tested: study (Chicago Sun-Times)
Black babies are more likely than white babies to be tested for cocaine and
to be taken away from their mothers if the drug is present, according to the
March issue of the Chicago Reporter.
A fight nobody wins (Toledo Blade)
The state of Ohio messed up, big time, when it failed to notify a young
father that the mother of their child was putting the baby up for adoption.
Several people are paying high emotional costs for the error.
Buster could be named 'Lucky' (Denver Post)
There appear to be two good things that already have happened in baby
Buster's short life. First, he didn't die when his mother left him beside an
alley trash bin in near-freezing cold. Second, a foster family that now is
caring for him is willing to adopt him if possible.
Orphanage Staff Balks at HIV Cases (St. Petersburg Times [Russia])
Six staff members of St. Petersburg's Young Children's Orphanage No. 10 have
quit, and 12 more have tendered their resignations, over a city Health
Committee decision to send the facility up to 20 HIV-positive children.
March 15, 2001
Lawmakers Criticize D.C. Child Welfare System (Washington Post)
The congressional campaign to clean up the District's child welfare system
moved to the U.S. Senate today, where lawmakers lambasted the care of abused
and neglected children as "recklessly incompetent" and "blatantly
Q&A: adoption and children bill (Society Guardian [UK])
Newborn's mother charged (Denver Post)
A woman who allegedly abandoned her day-old baby in an alley behind a
restaurant was charged with child abuse Wednesday. But officials at the
Denver Department of Human Services said the charges will not prevent
23-year-old Lisa Levatino from regaining custody of the boy.
Cloning is a threat to our humanity (Irish Times)
Human cloning is the Pandora's Box of the 21st century.
Feds Search Home of Net Adoption Broker (ABC News.com)
FBI agents were seen on Wednesday carrying away a computer and several boxes
from Tina Johnson's home in a well-to-do neighborhood of El Cajon, Calif., a
suburb east of San Diego. ABC affiliate KGTV reported that the county's
Child Protective Services agency removed two infants and a toddler from the
home around 6:30 a.m. local time.
Man, 84, anxious to be cloned (The West Australian)
AN 84-YEAR-OLD Yanchep man says age should be no bar to him using cloning to
become a father.
Prison terms for illegal adoptions (Guardian [UK])
Internet twins case prompts tough new sanctions and illegal adoptions could
lead to prison sentences.
Same Sex Adoption Opposed (New Zealand NewsRoom)
Allowing same sex couples to adopt would discriminate against the children
involved, according to the New Zealand Education Development Foundation.
CYFS denies charge of bias (The New Zealand Herald)
Child, Youth and Family Services has admitted it formed a dim view of a
couple who tried to privately adopt a Thai girl, but denies it later treated
them with bias.
March 14, 2001
Net adoption broker's home searched (MSNBC)
FBI agents searched the home Wednesday of an Internet adoption broker at the
center of an international dispute over twin baby girls, and social workers
removed the woman's three adopted children from the house.
Mother may reunite with abandoned baby (Denver Rocky Mountain News)
Authorities will try to reunite the baby abandoned near a dumpster in east
Denver last week with his mother or other relatives.
March 13, 2001
TRAGIC TALE DESTINED FOR SUNDAY AT THE MOVIES (NY Post)
Consider Matthew Propp. Stolen from his parents as a baby, the young man
has taken a crash course in recent days on turning your Shakespearean family
nightmare into a Hollywood agent's daydream.
Miracle worker (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Women who donate their eggs to Pacific Connection Fertility Services help
hundreds of couples conceive a child.
Blair to tighten law after internet babies scandal (Society Guardian [U.K.])
The government is planning to rush out a bill before the election to
encourage a 40% increase in legal adoptions and stop parents bringing
children into Britain after irregularly taking control of them abroad.
Australian scientists in human clone tests (The Advertiser [Australia])
Human cloning experiments have been taking place in Australia for the past
two years. The Health Department - which argued it was not human cloning as
such, but rather making human hybrid embryos - also revealed the practice
would still be legal until June this year.
Canada Reportedly May Ban Human Cloning (New York Times)
The Canadian government could introduce draft legislation to ban human
cloning and limit other reproductive technologies in the next few months,
the Toronto Star reported on Tuesday.
March 12, 2001
The Heartbreaking 2 Percent (San Francisco Chronicle)
Stories about delayed and damaged children from Eastern European orphanages
turn up in newspapers and magazines at least once a month. They turn up so
frequently it seems impossible to believe that only 2 percent of the parents
who adopt children from foreign countries eventually give those children up.
Ottawa hopes to regulate cloning by spring (Toronto Star)
The federal government, after years of delay, may finally be ready to take
another run at regulating controversial genetic and reproductive
technologies, including cloning and stem cell research.
Kidnap hearing today (The Bergen Record)
By law, he's the "victim," but Matthew Propp arrived in the New York area on
Sunday to provide moral support to the man accused of kidnapping him -- the
man he calls his father.
Woman planning to sue Salvation Army (Otago Daily Times [New Zealand])
Wellington: A Kapiti Coast woman, in a ground-breaking case, is suing the
Salvation Army for physical abuse and neglect she says she suffered in its
Adoption Go-Betweens (LA Times)
There is growing debate over regulation of paid facilitators who find
children for prospective parents but are sometimes unethical.
The Adoption Maze (U.S. News & World Report)
The supply of babies is severely limited, and the Market unregulated. But
savvy couples manage to succeed despite high costs, bureaucratic roadblocks,
and outright scams.
A mom polices adoption woes (U.S. News & World Report)
The Internet has served as the launching pad for some of the worst
modern-day adoption frauds. But one 41-year-old mom typing away in her
home's cramped upstairs cubbyhole may be turning the Web into an adoptive
parent's best friend.
March 11, 2001
Federal tax code contains ways to make kids pay off (Evansville Courier &
The unbridled joy of children extends to the federal tax code, where parents
can qualify for breaks for education expenses and student loans, adoption
costs and even for simply having a child at all.
ADOPTION CHANGES THE FACE OF U.S. FAMILIES (Chicago Tribune)
Question and answer with Adam Pertman, author of "Adoption Nation: How the
Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America".
Lost Birthright (Albuquerque Journal)
For a foster child, the record of one's life isn't always something that can
be looked up in the family photo album. And sometimes it's not included in
the state's archives, either.
Playing God (London Sunday Times)
The fertility expert who plans to clone humans has a talent for making
controversy erupt. Lois Rogers and John Follain report on the man some call
'KIDNAP' KID FEARS PRISON FOR 'MY DAD' (New York Post)
The young man at the center of a stranger-than-fiction saga of abduction and
double life doesn't want his "adoptive" father to go to jail and is coming
to New York today to plead for leniency.
Video helps link children, parents (Augusta Chronicle)
Adoption video conferences sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human
Resources Office of Adoptions are held every other month at different
locations around the state. Although some people think the program sounds a
bit like a Home Shopping Network for children, it is a solution for
prospective parents who want more than a short biography on paper.
Improving the adoption law (St. Petersburg Times)
Christopher Vietri's five-year battle to win custody of his biological son
"Baby Sam" may be back to square one, but proposed adoption-law changes to
prevent similar tugs-of-war in the future appear headed for passage. The
state House -- the sticking point in previous years -- overwhelmingly
approved the long-fought adoption bill last week, and its approval is all
but assured in the Senate.
Adoption Case Pleases No One but Tabloids (LA Times)
Custody Transatlantic battle for twins continues, despite Southland couple's
exit from the dispute. The British press has had a field day.
A Tangled Web of Hope and Fear (LA Times)
The Internet has eased adoption in some cases, but it can also be a
minefield of unscrupulous child-brokering.
Kids' new country officially adopts them (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
On Saturday, 300 adopted children of American parents swore allegiance to
the USA and renounced "foreign princes or potentates." They waved Old Glory
and sang patriotic songs and squirmed like children the world over when Lt.
Gov. Mark Taylor took the stage.
March 10, 2001
HIS TWO DADS IN COURT (New York Post)
The natural and "adoptive" fathers of a 22-year-old Albuquerque man both
claimed him as their son yesterday as they stood two feet apart in a
dramatic Queens courtroom showdown.
Son learns 'parents' had kidnapped him (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Matthew Propp grew up believing that was his name, but when he applied for a
job with the New Mexico prison system last summer, a search for his birth
certificate revealed the truth. He had been kidnapped as a baby two decades
ago and raised by another couple.
Hamsters help couple conceive (Ohio Beacon Journal Online)
A couple who struggled to conceive are expecting their first child in June
-- all with the help of hamster eggs.
Families reach out to Romania, China, elsewhere to adopt a child (Milwaukee
The Schlenvogts' experience with Paul made them advocates for international
March 9, 2001
Identity was Lost For 20 Years (Albuquerque Journal)
As Matthew Propp celebrated his 22nd birthday in Albuquerque on Thursday,
the man he knew as his father was in New York facing a kidnapping charge.
DOTING FOLKS 'SPOILED' THEIR SON (New York Post)
Life on the lam was no treat for Judith and Barry Smiley, but they made sure
the baby they adopted - and refused to give back - never lacked for
anything, neighbors said.
House okays safeguards in adoption law (St. Petersburg Times)
After eight years of controversy, a proposal to tighten the laws that
regulate adoptions in Florida appears headed for passage by the Legislature.
Controversial cell research takes a hit (Salon.com)
The political debate over controversial cell research shifted significantly
on Thursday when researchers announced that a study in which tissue from
aborted fetuses was used to treat Parkinson's disease proved to have
Internet adoption fiasco reveals holes in safety net (USA Today)
There's plenty of blame to spread around for this adoption nightmare. Both
sets of adoptive parents should have been more careful. And the birth mother
should have been more honest. But Tina Johnson, the baby broker at the
center of this mess, bears the greatest responsibility.
Weaving a tangled web (USA Today)
Timeline of Internet Twins events.
1979 Adoption Gone Wrong Leads to a Kidnapping Charge 22 Years Later (New
Twenty-two years ago, a woman gave birth to a boy in a Long Island hospital.
Soon after, the delirious and exhausted mother signed what she thought were
standard forms authorizing a circumcision. But what she really signed were
Hundreds Volunteer for Clones, Scientists Say (New York Times)
Hundreds of couples have volunteered for an experiment to create the first
cloned children despite strong religious and scientific opposition, a team
of scientists said Friday.
In Response: Adopted children of Eastern Europe wrongly sullied (Evansville
Courier & Press-Editorial)
As the adoptive parent of seven children - six from Eastern Europe - I feel
compelled to respond in some depth to the incredibly lousy reporting of The
Associated Press that led to the Evansville Courier & Press publishing "Take
this child" on Feb. 10.
Free Spending in Flush Times Is Coming Back to Haunt States (New York Times)
The economy was booming; tax dollars were pouring in and legislators decided
to use some of the money to expand a modest program that gave a stipend to
grandparents acting as foster parents to their grandchildren.
March 8, 2001
U.S. Sued Over Stem Cell Research (New York Times)
A California adoption agency sued the government Thursday to block federal
funding of controversial but promising medical research using embryonic
The search for the truth (The Journal)
On a fall day in 1993, Capitol College President G. William Troxler, then
46, learned that almost everything he thought was true about himself was
false. His disturbing discovery occurred in the Vital Records office of the
District of Columbia, where he'd asked for a copy of his original birth
Group claims state tampers with records of foster children (Bergen Record)
A children's advocacy group that is suing New Jersey's child protection
agency accused the state Wednesday of trying to falsify the records of
foster children to "corrupt evidence" in the case.
U.S. couple give up fight to adopt twins; Britons to press on (Associated
Press in Philadelphia Inquirer)
The California couple who fought a British couple for the right to adopt
8-month-old twin girls bowed out of the fight yesterday to concentrate on
regaining custody of a 2-year-old boy.
Springdale: Foster parents ask state for more help (Arkansas
The pair joined about a dozen other area foster parents and those who adopt
children Wednesday at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale to voice
support and concerns about the services performed by the Arkansas Department
of Human Services' Children and Family Services Division.
March 7, 2001
British couple promises to appeal adoption ruling (Associated Press on
The British couple caught up in an international custody battle over twin
8-month-old girls promised Wednesday to appeal a court ruling that nullified
British pair's adoption of U.S. twins nullified (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pulaski County Probate Judge Mackie Pierce said yesterday that neither the
British couple nor the American birth mother, who put the girls up for
adoption, met Arkansas' 30-day residency requirement. As a result, the
Arkansas courts had no right to grant the adoption, Pierce said.
March 6, 2001
Arkansas judge voids 'Internet twins' adoption (CNN)
An Arkansas judge ruled Tuesday that twin girls adopted twice through an
Internet agency belonged to neither the California nor British couples
claiming them. The judge ruled that the international custody case should
be decided by a court in Missouri, where the girls were born.
Teary dad can't see his baby son yet (Toledo Blade)
He will soon, says judge in mistaken adoption
The 21-year-old father, who is suing his former girlfriend for custody of
their son, sobbed in Lucas County Juvenile Court as lawyers haggled over how
often he would be able to visit the infant born five months ago. The
hearing signaled the first round of a legal battle caused by a state error
that has become a custody nightmare.
Baby a win-win situation for family (Arizona Republic)
Just one look. That's all it took for Sonja Wendt of Gilbert to decide the
little Chinese girl with the birthmark and the soulful eyes in the photo
should become part of her family.
March 5, 2001
Internet Baby Broker: Defending the Internet Baby Adoption (Good Morning
From the moment the first international headlines ran: "Babies Sold Twice on
the Internet," Johnson has been blamed as the baby broker who took money and
handed over 6 month old twins not once, but twice. But in an exclusive
interview with Robin Roberts that appeared on Good Morning America, Johnson
said that she is not in the business of selling babies.
Appeals court backs couple in AIDS case (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Their application to adopt was denied by Centre County because their own
child was born with the disease.
Father of Internet twins says he though adoption would be `best for the
girls' (Associated Press)
The biological father of twin girls whose adoption over the Internet has
created an international uproar said Monday that he had consented to giving
up the children because he thought it would be best for them.
'Secrets' Haunt Adoptive Families (Salt Lake Tribune)
When Elden and Rosalyn Twitchell adopted a 6-year-old boy with "special
needs" in 1989, they knew he had been physically abused and neglected. But
what the Division of Child and Family Services didn't reveal would come to
haunt the Twitchells...
In El Salvador: A disappeared son returns (Christian Science Monitor)
What Michael Kennedy remembers from his childhood in El Salvador comes to
him in flashes...He remembers seeing his mother shot. It was then that
Michael, 6 at the time and named José, was carried off by Army soldiers.
The American family who adopted him soon after was told he was an orphan.
That's what Michael thought, too.
INTO THE EYE OF A STORY (Christian Science Monitor)
Journalists work hard to keep a certain distance, a sense of objectivity
about the events they are witnessing. But Catherine Elton suddenly found
herself a participant in an emotional family reunion while reporting today's
story from El Salvador.
A better system must result from past suffering (The Irish Times)
ANDREWS ON SATURDAY: I am quite sure many readers, like myself, will have
found the accounts of the Social Services Inspectorate Report on Newtown
House children's home alarming in the extreme. We all agree children in care
deserve the full protection of the State as a birthright, yet in some cases,
such as that of Newtown House, it would seem they were failed.
March 4, 2001
The Child Citizenship Act (St. Petersburg Times)
Under the Child Citizenship Act, which took effect Tuesday, most
foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizens will automatically acquire
U.S. citizenship on the date they immigrate. Here are some questions and
answers about the effect of the new law.
The Kids Aren't All Right (Washington Post)
Bernstein has two tales to tell: the history of a bureaucracy constantly and
laboriously remaking itself, only to recreate the problems of previous eras,
and the story of two generations of children caught in the gears of that
bureaucracy. In light of child welfare officials' tendency to cry
"confidentiality" when questioned about the treatment of children in their
care, the scope and depth of her reporting -- which includes archival
research, case records and extensive interviews with participants in events
going back over 20 years -- is particularly impressive.
March 3, 2001
The reunion, from both sides now (Canadian National Post)
Life hasn't been easy since Joni Mitchell found the daughter she gave up 32
Cambodia lifts suspension on foreign adoptions (Radio Australia)
Cambodia has announced the lifting of a ban on foreign adoptions after
formulating new laws regulating the practice.
March 2, 2001
Arkansas Gay Adoption Ban Fails (Planet Out)
For the second time this year, an Arkansas House committee has scuttled an
anti-gay bill, which means it cannot come up again for the rest of the
Custody feuding for Sam resumes (St. Petersburg Times)
The battle for custody of the 4-year-old boy goes back to the Alabama
US court wants Internet twins back (Associated Press)
TWINS caught in a transcontinental adoption dispute should be returned to
Missouri, and custody of the 8-month-old girls should be decided here, a St
Louis court has ruled.
Adopting a Cause (Harvard Law Bulletin)
Frederick F. Greenman Jr. '61 LL.M. '63 fights for a right almost everyone
takes for granted. All people, he believes, should be able to find out the
identity of those responsible for their birth.
March 1, 2001
Economic Scene: Social Science Needs to Catch Up With Genetic Science (New
By most accounts, the remaining technical hurdles are about to be cleared to
make human cloning feasible. Although it ventures into the wilder realms of
science fiction to ponder the effect all this will have on the population,
some biologists and economists have begun to do just that.
Adopted York man contacts long-lost siblings through Internet (Foster's
Like many children who are adopted, Tom recalls having questions, but it was
never an issue he pushed. As time passed, however, Tom began developing
medical problems from arthritis. When his teen-age daughter also showed
signs of the hereditary disorder, his wife, Maryjo, urged him to look into
Adoption aid ends but might return (The State [South Carolina])
Effective today, state employees who adopt children are no longer eligible
for a $5,000 to $10,000 benefit to offset adoption costs.
Internet adopting dad faces molestation charges (CNN.com)
Richard Allen, the California man who with his wife became embroiled in a
tug-of-war with a British couple over twin baby girls adopted over the
Internet, was arrested on Wednesday, accused of molesting two teen-age
'Baby Sam' meets another father (St. Petersburg Times)
Almost five years after he learned his biological son was alive and living
with adoptive parents in Alabama, Christopher Vietri last month finally met
the child known to the world as "Baby Sam."
Adoptees and Citizens (New York Times)
Re "Children Adopted Abroad Win Automatic Citizenship" (news article, Feb.
Tug of Love (Reader's Digest)
In California, a couple adopt the baby they've longed for. In Texas, the
father wants him back.
February 28, 2001
A Glance at Bush Budget Proposal (Washington Post)
A look at how President Bush's proposed budget for fiscal 2002 allocates
spending for various needs.
Long flight brings babies to adoptive parents (Montreal Gazette)
When little Swathi grows up and asks how she came to this world, her
parents, Robert Desforges and Lynda Boissonneault, won't be lying if they
say she was brought by a big-big white bird from a faraway country.
American dream: Law ends long waits, gives children adopted from other
countries automatic citizenship (Sacramento Bee)
For almost 12 years, the Beveridge family waited eagerly for their adopted
daughters, Katie and Sarah, to become U.S. citizens. On Tuesday, when the
Child Citizenship Act went into effect, their seemingly interminable wait
was suddenly over.
Texas legislation grants citizenship to 75,000
Families with Children from China, a state-wide support group for adoptive
parents, sponsored events at the Capitol, inviting parents to bring their
children to the ceremony, where the Senate acknowledged the children as
New-citizen celebration (Anchorage Daily News)
More than 50 new citizens from 11 countries and their parents, families and
friends streamed into the atrium at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
to the strains of a march played by members of the United States Band of the
Parents Celebrate Adoptee Citizenship Law (LA Times)
It had all the trappings of a traditional celebration for new citizens:
flag-waving, the Pledge of Allegiance and teary-eyed relatives.
Adoptive families celebrate citizenship law (Denver post)
Until Tuesday, foreign-born adopted children had to go through a
naturalization process that lasted as long as two years on top of already
tough bureaucratic ordeals.
Newest citizens, families celebrate passage of law (San Jose Mercury News)
A new act, which took effect Tuesday, changed the status of up to 75,000
kids adopted abroad.
Adopted children become citizens (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)
Kiara and Devin Brady were two of 32 children who celebrated their newly won
U.S. citizenship at a ceremony Tuesday at Clayton Avenue School in Vestal.
75,000 attain U.S. citizenship (Associated Press)
They weren't Americans when they fell asleep Monday, but 75,000 adopted
children born abroad woke up yesterday as U.S. citizens.
A banner day for adoptees (Seattle Times)
Luke Azamat Fuller, a month shy of his first birthday, sat secure in his
mother's arms, waving a miniature flag of the country that bestowed
citizenship upon him yesterday.
February 27, 2001
Cribmates and still soulmates (Evansville Courier & Press)
Two Chinese girls are instant citizens in Hoosier state
New law benefits foreign adoptees (Toledo Blade)
Amy and an estimated 75,000 other foreign-born, adopted children in the
United States become citizens today as the Child Citizenship Act of 2000
goes into effect.
Senate panel supports bill allowing access to adoption records (New Jersey
If he had been born in New Jersey, his search would have been more
difficult. State law prevents adoptees from gaining access to their birth
records. That would change under legislation that passed a Senate committee
Monday allowing such access for adoptees born in New Jersey.
Opening adoption records debated (Trenton Times)
Adult adoptees born in New Jersey would have the right to see their birth
certificate and their biological parents' medical history under two bills
approved yesterday by a state Senate committee.
Children Adopted Abroad Win Automatic U.S. Citizenship (New York Times)
More than 75,000 children adopted from abroad and living in this country
will automatically become United States citizens on Tuesday because of
changes Congress made in immigration law last year.
Children adopted abroad become citizens today (St. Petersburg Times)
No paperwork. No two-year wait. Thanks to changes in the law, more than
75,000 such children are automatically citizens.
Suddenly, citizens: New law makes adoptees Americans (Lincoln Journal Star)
The Child Citizenship Act, passed by Congress last year, grants automatic
citizenship to most adopted children born abroad, provided they are under 18
and at least one parent or legal guardian is a U.S. citizen.
All foreign-born adoptees become U.S. citizens today (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)
The apple-cheeked 14-month-old girl found on the steps of an orphanage in
Nanping, China, a year ago in December, will become a United States citizen
under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, which goes into effect today.
75,000 adopted children become citizens today (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
More than 75,000 children adopted from abroad and living in the United
States will automatically become U.S. citizens today because of changes
Congress made in immigration law last year.
February 26, 2001
Historic change lets adopted children inherit U.S. citizenship (The Oregonian)
A new law puts an end to the requirement that U.S. parents who adopt
overseas apply in order to naturalize their children
Law makes adoptees instant U.S. citizens
Ramsey is among an estimated 75,000 adopted children across the nation who
were scheduled to become instant Americans overnight under the Child
Citizenship Act passed by Congress last year.
On the Job: She spends every day trying to ease others' heartache (Sacramento Bee)
The former Wisconsin newspaper editor finds foster families for youngsters
who have been neglected, abused or abandoned. It is both the most difficult
and most rewarding job she has ever held.
Foster care's new adults
When adolescents move into young adulthood, they often need mature guidance.
As good parents try to meet that challenge, the Lucas County Children
Services has risen to the call with its post-emancipation program, which
attempts to fill a similar role for its former charges.
February 23, 2001
The Baby Chase (People Magazine)
As adoption has become more visible among the rich and famous, questions
about preferential treatment have dogged the stars.
Law change benefits foreign adoptees (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
The Northwest Arkansas residents are among 75,000 children nationwide who
will become U.S. citizens when a change in immigration law goes into effect
Tuesday. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000, signed by then-President Clinton
on Oct. 30, grants automatic citizenship to foreign-born adoptees under 18
who already live in the United States as legally permanent residents.
Child-Welfare Pioneer Looked Westward for Creative Solutions (LA Times)
"Orphan Trains" tells the story of the Children's Aid Society...founded in
1853 by Charles Loring Brace ... the society established the nation's first
shelter for street children.
February 25, 2001
Like Father, Like Son (New York Times)
Lamont had grown up in foster care yearning for a family. He was determined
not to have his son go through the same ordeal.
Leftover embryos: Some couples offer them for adoption (Seattle Times
reprinted from New York Times)
Their embryos, left over from fertility treatment that resulted in the birth
of twins, had sat in cold storage for years while the Grays, Christians who
describe themselves as deeply religious, agonized over what to do. Their
solution: to put the embryos up for adoption.
Abandonment of children blamed on Romania's past (The Plain Dealer)
Nicolae Craciun's mother put him in a state-run children's home at age 5,
then didn't visit for a year and a half. Now she sees him every Saturday and
wants to take him home to join his three siblings. But officials in charge
of his welfare say that, short of a court order, the children's home must
February 24, 2001
In Russia, Military Helps Orphaned Boys Soldier On (LA Times)
Youths surrender their childhood to army regiment in return for a chance at
February 23, 2001
Report: Adoptive Mother Questioned
A British woman fighting for custody of the so-called Internet twins
reportedly has been questioned by police about a theft complaint.
Adoption laws under scrutiny (nzoom.com - New Zealand)
Social workers are being accused of putting pressure on women to keep their
babies instead of adopting them out.
Adoption records 'should be released by law' (Irish Independent)
LEGISLATION forcing clergy, doctors, nursing homes and religious orders to
hand over adoption records was called for yesterday.
February 22, 2001
Family Court needs an overhaul, report says (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
More judges are needed to hear child-welfare cases, analysts said. Most
cases now get short shrift, they said.
Mum's the word for boys given hope by fostering (Hong Kong iMail)
SINCE he entered her life four years ago, little Yue-fai has brought foster
mum Wong Lui Chu-yuk countless sleepless nights and about four visits a
month to the emergency room. The nine-year-old has also brought so much joy
and satisfaction that Mrs. Wong decided five months ago to foster another
Internet twins woman in theft inquiry (London Daily Telegraph)
THE woman who bought twin babies on the internet was questioned by police
yesterday about the alleged theft of travelers cheques worth £2,500.
February 21, 2001
Found in 1966 and still feeling lost: Lori Garrett tries to trace her roots
Angela Loggi was the first name she was given by the state. Angel of the
choir loft. Left in the church loft when she was 6 or 8 weeks old. Maybe
older; no one is sure. Well-dressed, well-fed, healthy. A woman's coat
placed next to her, as if someone wanted to leave a tantalizing clue.
February 20, 2001
Poverty forces couple to sell girl child (The Hindu)
Poverty has forced a couple in Kunda Budula village under Bangamunda block
of the district to sell-off one of their four children to a well-to-do
person in the village nearby.
County offers helping hand to foster care 'instant adults' (Toledo Blade)
The federal John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act has doubled to $140
million the amount of money that had been earmarked for the nation's foster
children. The act, named after a late Rhode Island senator, also expanded
funding to include those between 18 and 21 years old.
A Full Heart and Empty Arms
Unwed Mothers in '50s Ireland Paid Dearly for Their 'Sins.' But One's Dream
Heard On The Hill (Salt Lake Tribune)
A bill that would give parents a tax credit for adopting special-needs
children has the support of Wendy's fast-food guru Dave Thomas, who is head
of an adoption foundation.
Adoption records bill; a basic human right (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
One of the shortest pieces of legislation ever proposed, HB 1057 would
simply allow persons adopted in Arkansas to gain access to their original
birth certificates upon reaching 21. This is a right that every resident of
Arkansas takes for granted, with the single exception of adopted persons.
February 19, 2001
For adoptees, a wait is lifted (The Boston Globe)
On Feb. 27, B.J. - and at least 75,000 other youngsters adopted from
overseas - will automatically become US citizens. No oath to take. No forms
to fill out. No bureaucracy to fight.
A Daily Disaster for Children (New York Times)
For a month, there have been no lawyers to appoint. So chaos and suffering
reign in the courtroom. Small children remain in foster care; adolescents
remain in pretrial detention, their cases unreviewed past the statutory
deadline, while their mothers weep in court. But only if they're poor.
Romania offers new help to rescue unwanted kids (Associated Press)
Communism has been gone for a decade, but the orphanages are still around, a
stain on Romania's honor and a serious obstacle to its ambition of joining
the prosperous European Union. Still, with help from the EU and
international charities, the Romanians have made a start...
International adoption changes family's culture, race (The Oregonian)
UO sociologists examine the ethnic identities of people who don't look like
all their relatives
Hopes, and fears, greet N.J. paid-leave bill
In a first, the parents of newly born or adopted children could receive
money for 12 weeks. The costs worry firms.
February 18, 2001
Computer error leads to adoption mess (Ohio News)
A computer blunder has kept David Woodbury from even seeing his 4-month-old
son, much less having any chance to raise him.
Loans Help Couples Afford Adoption(New York Times)
When Gus and Maria Teixeira brought a baby girl from South Korea to their
Newark home in October, they faced adoption costs totaling $14,000. So they
turned to a familiar source for financing -- a bank.
Adoption process has variety of safeguards (Toledo Blade)
Private adoptions in Ohio are done routinely, but it's not an easy process.
They can sometimes take six to 12 months to complete.
Groups to mark international adoptions (Press & Sun-Bulletin)
Two Broome County agencies will celebrate a new federal law that helps
families who have adopted children internationally with an event Feb. 27.
Adoption Brings Joy to One Family, Pain to Another (L.A. Times)
The American couple made a brave leap of faith and love when they went to
Russia to adopt a disabled girl--a child they were told was unwanted. But
this past summer they learned with anguish that her Russian parents, Larisa
and Oleg Dushko, were desperately searching for the child they were told was
dead, the baby they never willingly gave up.
Adopters should check tax credits (The Detroit News)
Taxpayers who incurred adoption expenses in 2000 may be eligible for a
federal income tax credit of up to $5,000.
February 17, 2001
Challenges aplenty face grandparents raising children (Seattle Times)
Research clearly reveals domestic strife induces emotional distress in
children; abandoned children suffer and grandparents know it. In the loving
interest of grandchildren, many grandparents step in, taking full
responsibility for their grandchildren's health and well-being.
February 16, 2001
The Bastard Chronicles - Part Two: The Birth Mother's Story (Rolling Stone)
At sixteen, Delores Teller gave up her five-day-old son for adoption.
Twenty-seven years later, finding him would change her life and help spark a
Oberstar seeks to double adoption tax credit (Pioneer Planet)
A generation ago, Rep. Jim Oberstar couldn't get Congress to pass even a
$500 tax deduction for parents who adopt children. Now, with a $5,000 tax
credit already law, he and other lawmakers are trying to double that to
February 14, 2001
Critics: Foster care system in Broward still has problems (Sun-Sentinel)
What was touted a year ago as a historic settlement in the class-action
lawsuit over Broward County's foster care system is now under serious
Village for foster children gets going (St. Petersburg Times)
A cluster of seven homes will house children considered difficult to adopt
and foster parents.
Church of Norway OKs Couple Adoptions (Planet Out) - 2nd Story
February 12, 2001
SIPTU calls for paid parental leave from March (The Irish Times)
SIPTU has called on the Government to introduce paid parental leave from
March 8th, when paid maternity and adoptive leave are being increased from
14 to 18 weeks.
February 11, 2001
In Brazil, but still not home (Akron Beacon Journal)
Nancy Saunders and Jim Herbert raised their adopted son as an all-American
boy, but in doing so they made a critical mistake. They decided not to have
Joao naturalized until he could understand how special it was to become a
She guides those orphaned by AIDS (St. Petersburg Times)
Working with parents before they die keeps children out of the state's care
afterward. It involves denial and death - and success stories.
Tiny tax changes add up (Associated Press)
While taxpayers don't face tumultuous tax law change this filing season,
they will get new personal exemptions and standard deductions.
FOREIGN ADOPTION: Bringing heartache home (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
As Americans take in children from overseas, they get little or no warning
of developmental problems.
'God blessed me with the children he wanted me to have' (The Plain Dealer)
Beyond a few bags of shabby clothing, the four children carried little with
them when they moved into Doretha Russell's Cleveland home Oct. 25, 1995 -
unless you count the enormous store of fear and mistrust they'd been
accumulating since infancy. Through parental neglect, they'd become wards of
Couple gladly take on challenge of developmentally disabled kids (The Plain Dealer)
A picture of the Lord's Supper hangs over a television inside the living
room at Rosie Smith Moore's Cleveland home. The picture is a symbol of
faith that gives her and her husband strength as they meet a constant
challenge and a family tradition - raising foster children.
Opening hearts to waiting kids (The Plain Dealer)
Those who peek into the Reeses' world sometimes come away with a firm grasp
of the obvious. "People tell us, 'You can't save them all,'" says Pam
Reese, "I know that, but I'd love to." The Reeses have seven children - four
adopted black children, one adopted biracial child and two "homemade."
The Chapmans work at keeping their 'forever family' together (The Plain Dealer)
John Chapman couldn't help himself. While his family slept, the accountant
stayed up listing 65 reasons why he and his wife shouldn't adopt any
children - and five reasons why they should. Logic lost. It was no match
for Reason Why No. 5: "It's the right thing to do."
February 10, 2001
'It's not yet time for adoptions' (The Hindu)
Reacting to media reports that individuals and organizations were rushing to
Gujarat for adoptions, the Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment, Ms. Asha Das, told presspersons here that the sentiments were
encouraging and welcome, but it would be premature and risky to give
orphaned children in adoption.
Net brings people together (Montreal Gazette)
Adele Fauteux spent 17 years writing letters, calling social-service
agencies around the United States and researching every possible lead that
might help her find the son she gave up for adoption in 1962. In the end,
he found her with the simple click of a mouse.
Preparation called key for parents (Evansville Courier & Press)
The key to successful adoptions with children born overseas is making sure
prospective parents are fully informed of what to expect, the head of an
Evansville-based international adoption program believes.
February 9, 2001
Adoption's Risky Business
The Internet Has Added Risks To the Adoption Process
Facilitators, Or Middle Men, Use The Internet To Hide
Most Facilitators Are Unlicensed And Unregulated In The U.S.
Business balks at parental leave (Calgary Herald)
Small business owners in Calgary and across the country are howling for a
"holiday" of their own in the wake of Alberta's decision to extend maternity
leave for new moms.
Measure Allowing Surrender of Babies Advances (Salt Lake Tribune)
Lawmakers gave a nod to a bill that would allow mothers to anonymously leave
their newborns at hospitals -- and walk away without repercussions.
February 8, 2001
Swedes Don't Support Adoption
The majority of Swedes oppose extending adoption rights to same-gender
couples, according to a new survey carried out for the Swedish newspaper
Goteborgs-Posten. The finding comes a week after a committee of the Swedish
parliament proposed a bill to allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt.
Dad loves new parent-leave rule (Edmonton Journal)
Staying home with his wife and newborn son last month created lifetime
memories for Edmonton dad Bob Todrick. It's an experience not to be missed,
says Todrick, who applauded Human Resources Minister Clint Dunford's
announcement Wednesday that fathers will now be able to take job-protected
February 2, 2001
The Bastard Chronicles (Rolling Stone)
How a p----d-off Oregon high school teacher fought to discover the identity
of her birth parents and sparked a revolution that's rewriting the rules of
adoption in America.
February 7, 2001
Relatives included under foster care rules (The Oregonian)
By June, all Oregon families who shelter children in state custody will have
to be certified foster homes.
February 6, 2001
Attorney defends adoption broker in Internet case
The attorney representing the Internet adoption broker who is at the center
of a transatlantic dispute involving twin girls insisted Tuesday his client
did nothing wrong and followed California law governing so-called adoption
State accuses judge of bias (Chicago Sun-Times)
The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board on Monday charged Cook County Judge
Susan McDunn with eight counts of misconduct for allegedly showing bias in
two adoption cases involving lesbian parents.
Teacher tells legislators of abused child, hopes for help
Lacey, a first-grade teacher at Keller-Harvel Elementary School, told state
representatives yesterday about a child in her class who was severely abused
at home. The child lived through the abuse, but ended up a victim of an
underfunded system, Lacey said.
February 5, 2001
In Court, Everywhere, She's There for Kids (LA Times)
Courtrooms are rarely places you're free to cheer out loud. But in Juvenile
Court last week, there were cheers all around, and more than a few tears,
when a single woman from Yorba Linda formally adopted two young brothers
she'd been caring for.
Many adopted from European orphanages unable to give, receive love (Linclon
They were raised in what one expert calls "pediatric gulags," facilities
little better than warehouses where food and heat were sometimes in short
supply, never mind love and human warmth. Legions of profoundly disturbed
adoptees have come out of these orphanages, but even in the United States,
only limited treatment is available. This is the second story in a two-part
series, Take This Child.
February 4, 2001
A Desire to Duplicate (New York Times Magazine)
A grieving family hopes to replace a lost child. A genetics-obsessed sect
dreams of achieving immortality. Is this how human cloning will begin?
Seeking Child's Love, a Child's Life is Lost (LA Times)
Ten-year-old Candace Newmaker died in the midst of a treatment meant to heal
her. The therapists, and their methods, are going on trial.
Case highlights risks of online adoptions
Candor residents Amy and Edward White said they were almost devastated
emotionally and financially when Tina Johnson, an adoption facilitator based
in California, tried to dupe them into paying an adoption fee of $8,500 for
4-month-old twin girls who were already promised to other couples.
Foreign Adoptions: When Love Becomes a Nightmare (Salt Lake Tribune)
The United States adopts more children from overseas than all other
countries combined. Hidden in the flood are an unknown number of violently
disturbed youngsters. National Writer Deborah Hastings looks at these
troubled children and their parents in a two-part series, Take This Child.
Utah Parents Urged to Be Patient, Stick With Adoptees in Times of Trouble
(Salt Lake Tribune)
In Utah and around the United States, parents adopt children from other
counties, particularly Romania and Russia, where they are likely to have
spent their short lives in bleak orphanages. But neglected and abused
children come from Asia, India and Latin America. And...most have a host of
"special needs," not least of which are post-traumatic stress disorder,
attention deficit disorder and reactive attachment disorder.
Couple's adoption of severely disabled girl worries state
A severely disabled 2-month-old girl is at the center of a dispute between
the Indiana couple who is caring for her and adoption officials who want the
infant returned to Texas.
February 3, 2001
China improves care of abandoned children
Growing up in a state orphanage, Wu rarely saw the inside of a classroom.
Two months ago he was moved to Hui Ling, a new foster-care center in
Beijing. Now he eagerly shows visitors how he is learning to use a computer.
Cambodian parents forced to sell babies
This southeast Asian country still feels the gaping loss of 1.7 million
people who perished in the killing fields of dictator Pol Pot. Now, poverty
is driving some Cambodians to sell their only hope to rebuild a decimated
population: their children.
February 2, 2001
Child advocate groups drop lawsuit against DHS (Philadelphia Daily News)
Yesterday, the advocates announced they were ending a 10-year-old lawsuit
that had accused DHS of negligence in its dealings with children at risk.
Internet Adoption Couples Do Oprah (ABC News.com)
- The British couple involved in a trans-Atlantic fight over twins adopted
via the Internet paid the price of appearing on an American talk show -
after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, they were served with papers to
appear in court.
Couple knew adopted twins already placed
A British couple embroiled in an international dispute over twin girls said
they knew when they adopted the youngsters that they had been taken from
Would - Be Adoptive Dad Sympathizes (New York Times)
The British man who adopted infant twins already given to a California
couple said Friday he understands why the birth mother wants the girls back.
Alan Kilshaw also told ``The Early Show'' on CBS-TV he has little sympathy
for Tina Johnson, the broker who arranged the double adoption, despite her
pleas that she has been unfairly portrayed.
Same-sex couples losing out on workplace benefits (The Irish Times)
Partnership Rights of Same Sex Couples shows same-sex couples can be
discriminated against in pension schemes, death-in-service benefits, social
welfare pensions, parental leave, force majeure leave and adoptive leave.
February 1, 2001
U. Pittsburgh researcher says women tend not to adopt out of their race
Jennings explained that during her research she found that many women prefer
not to adopt outside of their race because of racial tension within their
own families or because of the societal issues the child may face being from
a different culture than their adoptive parents.
Officials check for aid fraud in twins case (Chicago Sun-Times)
Tranda Wecker, whose twins are the subject of an international adoption
dispute, accepted welfare money for them after she apparently gave them up,
Missouri officials said Wednesday.
Net Twins Battle Continues -- On Oprah Winfrey Show
The two sets of adoptive parents are to appear together on the show,
scheduled to air Thursday.
The journey of adopting over the Internet requires careful navigation (The
Kansas City Star)
To the Keatings, the Internet was a magnificent tool, a cyberspace community
where adoptive parents and birth mothers could connect -- if they used
Fostering education (The Oregonian)
Today, Cornell, 28, takes his message about learning to the Legislature.
He'll ask Oregon to help foster children pay for college.
Children's advocates and Phila. to end 'Baby Neal' case today (The Inquirer: Philadelphia)
Children's advocates and the city Department of Human Services will announce
today the end of the "Baby Neal" case, a 1990 federal class-action lawsuit
that alleged that abused and neglected children were systematically denied
their civil rights, and that both sides now say helped bring reform to a
troubled child-welfare system.
January 31, 2001
ADOPTION: DREAM FOR CELEBS, NIGHTMARE FOR N.Y. COUPLES
The sight of so many celebrities adopting at record speed has angered many
New York couples. For those desperate for a child, the adoption process is
bedeviled by huge expenses, bureaucracy, scam artists, Internet baby
auctions and soaring lawyers' fees.
Court rules against adoption in rape case (The Oregonian)
The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned the adoption of a 3-year-old
Ashland girl whose biological father was convicted of the statutory rape of
a 15-year-old girl, the child's birth mother.
COLUMN: Twice-adopted children deserve better
It is hard to determine who is most at fault for the incident, but the
immediate concern should be where these innocent girls belong.
Couple's program helps people raising children of another race
The Reeds say they hope to host classes for prospective adoptive and foster
parents and form a support network for those who are already raising
children of color.
What NOT to ask adoptive parents (Philadelphia Daily News)
January 30, 2001
The long wait for a child (The Irish Times)
Nobody should be allowed to rush into adoption. But with clearance for
adoption taking up to four years in Dublin - and that's before the hunt for
a child can begin - is the process unnecessarily bureaucratic here?
'They hoped we'd go away - but we didn't' (The Irish Times)
Hilary Kavanagh is one of those adopters who just won't go away. In October
1994, when she first applied for an assessment, the Eastern Health Board
advised her there would be a six-month waiting list.
January 29, 2001
Internet adoption latest angle in a sordid business (Pioneer Planet)
the saga of two Missouri babies shipped, shuttled and maybe sold, has less
to do with a Wild West Web than with a worthy adoption world that still
Adoption fight over twin girls illustrates mire Internet, conflicting laws
create heartbreak, havoc (USA Today)
The Whites, Allens and other couples say they are living proof that the
American adoption system -- a patchwork of confusing laws that vary across
the 50 states -- often doesn't work.
AR Panel Nixes Adoption Ban
A bill to prohibit adoption and fostering of state wards by gays and
lesbians was rejected by the Arkansas House Committee on Aging, Children and
Youth by a vote of 10 - 9 on January 26.
Calgary Lesbians Adopt -- Easily
For the first time since an Alberta court okayed adoptions by same-gender
partners in November 1999, a couple has taken advantage of the ruling.
Lawyer wants twins returned from Britain
A lawyer for an American couple seeking custody of twin girls filed a
petition Friday to set aside the sisters' adoption in Arkansas by a British
couple who found them via the Internet.
Adoptees assimilate Lunar New Year
Performances such as the Mak Hin Fai Kung Fu Club's rendition of the Lion
and Dragon Dance, which began at Union Station, build a vital bridge to
cultural discovery and self-awareness...
January 28, 2001
SCANDAL OF CITY'S RUNAWAY CHILDREN (NY Post)
Reports of city foster kids going AWOL have more than doubled in the past
three years - with child-welfare officials unable to say how many have never
Untangling Foster Care (1 of 3) (NY Post)
For a long time, the foster care systems in most states followed the
philosophy of family preservation, which meant they did everything possible
to keep the family together. However, according to a government study, abuse
and neglect of children has risen since 1986.
Understanding Foster Care (2 of 3) (NY Post)
CE kids interview Bob Shull from Children's Rights about Foster Care.
Kids on Kids: The Foster Care System (3 of 3) (NY Post)
After an interview with Bob Shull of Children's Rights, an organization that
advocates for kids in foster care, CE reporters and editors got together to
discuss their ideas about a system they've heard so much about.
January 27, 2001
Law would let mothers leave babies at havens
Oregon legislators have introduced their version of a "safe haven" bill,
permitting a mother to anonymously leave a baby less than 30 days old with
an employee of a hospital, fire station, police station or sheriff's office,
without facing charges of felony child abandonment.
Audit Finds Fault With Lax DCFS Budget Controls (Salt Lake Tribune)
A push to place foster-care children in permanent homes and inadequate
financial controls caused the budget fiasco last year in the Division of
Child and Family Services, according to a legislative audit released
January 26, 2001
Star moms find life without father (USA Today)
Republican Vice President Dan Quayle criticized Hollywood for glamorizing
single moms with its now-legendary Murphy Brown story line. But Hollywood
seems to have been unfazed by his gripe; the list of famous solo parents has
only grown since Candice Bergen played one on TV.
Weighing rights in adoption case
A trans-Atlantic tug of war over American-born twins is raising a new
question: Which laws take precedent if parents in one country find children
- via the Internet - in another country?
January 25, 2001
Father given custody of kids adopted online
A judge granted the biological father temporary custody of twin daughters
adopted twice via the Internet, the same day a British court ruled that the
girls should remain in foster care in England.
Internet Adoption Case Highlights Legal Free-For-All
A trans-Atlantic tug of war over a set of seven-month old American twins
bought over the Internet has highlighted the absence of a uniform policy on
adoptions in the United States, and the need for international rules to
cover the practice.
Custody Ruling Further Muddles Future of Twin Girls
As if the tug-of-war between a San Bernardino couple and a British couple
over twin infant girls were not complex enough, now a St. Louis judge has
given temporary custody of the twice-adopted girls to their biological
Lawyers at work in case of twice-sold twins (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
Attorneys with two Arkansas law firms said Wednesday they intend to ask that
the adoption of twin 7-month-old girls who were twice sold on the Internet
and eventually adopted in a Pulaski County court be set aside.
January 24, 2001
An argument against human cloning (MSNBC)
In 1997 Scottish biologist Ian Wilmut successfully cloned Dolly the sheep in
a controversial act many perceived as the first step toward human cloning.
"The Human Cloning Debate," edited by MSNBC.com Breaking Bioethics columnist
Glenn McGee, Ph.D., is the first book to present Wilmut's own thoughts on
the troubling ramifications of this technology, along with essays by experts
who explore the history of cloning, ethical issues and future possibilities.
In this excerpt, Wilmut and McGee present a model for justifying and
implementing social restrictions on human cloning.
Internet Twins in State Care While Judge Decides Case
A court ruled Tuesday that 6-month-old girls at the center of a
trans-Atlantic tug-of-war will remain in foster care while a judge wrestles
with a case that spotlights concerns over use of the Internet to broker
Web Adoption: Blessing and Curse (New York Times)
Thanks to online listings -- complete with photographs and profiles --
thousands of parents have adopted children they otherwise might never have
found. In the wrong hands, however, the Internet is a near-perfect tool for
preying on vulnerable couples yearning for the child of their dreams.
'Internet twins' to remain in foster care: Candor couple tells story on
A Tioga County couple who sought to adopt twins now at the center of an
adoption controversy appeared on NBC's Dateline on Tuesday night.
Kilshaws turn hate objects
Alan and Judith Kilshaw did what hundreds of couples across the world are
probably doing every day but they made the mistake of boasting about it, and
their lives are now in a shambles...
January 23, 2001
Don't blame the Internet
There are many evils you can blame on the Internet, but one thing you
shouldn't blame on the Internet is this terrible story of the
British Judge Rules Internet Twins To Remain Under Government Care
A British judge ruled Tuesday that "Internet Twins" Belinda and Kimberley
would temporarily remain in the care of welfare authorities as wards of
New legal twist over Internet twins
The U.S. couple engaged in a tug-of-war with a British couple over twin baby
girls adopted over the Internet plan to take legal action.
A key to past for adoptees
They say it's a long, painful journey, fighting through a system that denies
a deep need to know about their biological past. But for people who have
been adopted, a bill that has kicked around the State House for decades
would provide a practical way to uncover that history.
Dad, adoption agency settle Baby Sam suit
Summary: Christopher Vietri settled his case against the Tampa adoption agency he accused of mistakenly giving away his son, bringing an end to all the lawsuits filed against Adoption By Choice after the boy was born almost five years ago.
January 22, 2001
Whose twins are they anyway?
The unfolding saga of the twins caught in a struggle among two sets of
adoptive parents and their birth mother involves five would-be parents, a
growing army of lawyers and the governments of multiple states and two
countries. At the policy level, it points out the unseemly practices in
so-called independent adoptions and how little is currently being done to
Britain speeds up introduction of new adoption law
Summary: The British Government has announced it will speed up the introduction of new legislation on adopting children abroad after the case of twin baby girls sold twice over the Internet shocked the country.
Internet adoption of twins prompts changes to British laws
Summary: Britain's government promised Sunday to speed up legislation designed to protect babies adopted abroad, responding to an international custody battle over U.S.-born twins adopted by a British couple who found them on the Internet.
Outcry Over Internet Baby Sales
Summary: The custody battle over two American twins adopted over the Internet by a British couple has renewed controversy over the role of the Internet in adoptions.
January 21, 2001
Empty arms, full hearts
Sophie and her husband, Bill, returned last week to their home in Palm
Harbor...and though Samantha, the 2-year-old Cambodian orphan they had hoped
to adopt, wasn't with them, they felt satisfied that they helped a lot of
other people in the poverty-stricken country.
Adoptees seek right to medical history
Summary: When Gina Caprari goes to the doctor, questions most people answer quickly stop her in her tracks. "I don't know. I'm adopted," Caprari says when doctors ask if certain diseases run in her family.
Net Reunites Families Separated At Birth
Summary: While the circumstances of Brower's and Pottorff's reunion are unusual, it's just one of the hundreds that occur each year as a result of successful Internet searches.
January 20, 2001
Candor couple also tried to adopt twins
Summary: Amy White, a mother of two boys, wanted to adopt two baby girls she found on an adoption Web site. But she and her husband were stopped early in the process.
Adopted twins may become wards of court
Summary: Decisions on the short-term future of twin girls adopted over the Internet by a couple from Wales will move to the High Court in Birmingham on Tuesday. There representatives of the social services will apply for the girls to be made wards of court.
January 19, 2001
Babies for the highest bidders
Now the infants are at the center of an international fight over who will
raise them, an ugly tug of war that demonstrates what can go wrong in the
private adoption business, where any person, with any type of background,
can broker the placement of a child.
January 17, 2001
Charles Feldman on the Internet adoption controversy
CNN Correspondent Charles Feldman been following the Internet adoption story
from Los Angeles. (Interview format)
At Core of Adoption Dispute Is Crazy Quilt of State Laws
Summary: The dangers of the nation's largely unregulated adoption
marketplace have become glaringly obvious, experts say, in the unfolding
story of the twin girls taken from a California couple...
- January 19, 2001
Reforms to protect children; State agency details a major revamping
Summary: A year after reports on the death of 5-year-old Terrell Peterson
forced a shake-up in Georgia's child welfare system and prompted new laws,
the head of the state Division of Family and Children Services has rolled
out a comprehensive reform plan for the agency.
- January 19, 2001
Buying a child is easy in a dotcom world
Summary: As outrage sweeps the globe over American mother Tranda Wecker, who
tried to sell her twins to three different couples through an internet
adoption agency, The Australian experienced little difficulty yesterday in
finding similar children available to the highest internet bidder.
- January 19, 2001
Legal challenges in adoption case likely rigorous
Summary: Experts on Thursday said there could be legal problems with the
adoption through an Arkansas court of twin girls who are now at the center
of an international struggle involving two couples who want the children.
- January 19, 2001
Britain takes custody of twins in adoption feud
Summary: Six-month-old twin girls at the center of a trans-Atlantic custody
dispute were taken from their adoptive British parents Thursday evening by
social services authorities.
- January, 19, 2001
'I'll buy more internet babies'
Summary: Speaking after social workers and police seized twins Kimberley and
Belinda, Judith Kilshaw said: "If I lose, I will go to the States and adopt
two more children."
- January 19, 2001
Twins sold on Web taken into care, setting up transatlanic legal battle
Summary: The strange lives of twin baby girls sold as many as three times on
the Internet by a U.S. adoption broker took another twist Thursday, as they
were taken into care by British authorities.
- January 18, 2001
Online Adoption; Agencies Say Fear Crooks, Not Computers
Summary: The villains in the case of a California couple who thought they
had adopted twin girls, only to have the children sold to a couple in
England, are the same ones who have always haunted the adoption process, and
they don't just live online, officials said.
- January 18, 2001
The pitfalls of Internet adoption
Summary: The tale of the U.S. twins sold twice to separate parents by an
Internet adoption agency illustrates a downside of adoption in the Internet
age. Cyberspace teems with Web sites -- many of them with U.S. addresses --
offering lists and photo galleries of children with cherubic faces from
countries such as...
- January 18, 2001
Johanns reports adoption success
Summary: Adoption subsidies in Nebraska.
- January 18, 2001
Legal Eagle: Act's marriage requirement makes same-sex adoptions impossible
Summary: Pennsylvania's Superior Court ruled against allowing same-sex
couples to adopt, citing marriage requirement in a 1979 Supreme Court
- January 18, 2001
Little Bundles of Cash
Summary: UNICEF and some adoption agencies charge that babies have become a
commodity in Guatemala, as mothers are coerced and lawyers reap the profits.
- January 17, 2001
A Child Is Gone, but Questions Remain
Summary: Katelyn's death has put Alexandria's foster care system under a
microscope, with questions being raised about the judges' decisions and the
Division of Social Services' handling of the case.
- January 17, 2001
Baby, Look at Them Now
Amerasian adoptees returning to Vietnam
Summary: A number of Vietnamese-Americans who were born in Vietnam during
the war-some accompanied by adoptive parents, siblings, spouses and
children-will leave from Kennedy Airport to tour Vietnam in March. As
infants and youths, they were brought to the U.S. on Operation Babylift and
were adopted into American families. This year's tour, the fifth, will
commemorate the 26th anniversary of the commencement of the babylift on
April 4, 1975.
- January 17, 2001
F.B.I. Launches Adoption Probe in L.A. (New York Times)
Summary: A California couple claim that twin girls they were adopting
through an Internet service were taken form them and given to a British
couple who whisked the children to England.
- January 17, 2001
Internet Twins' Mother Wants Them Back, Says Paper
Summary: The birth mother of American twins sold twice over the Internet and
at the center of a bitter transatlantic custody battle told Britain's Sun
newspaper on Thursday that she now wanted them back.
- January 17, 2001
Social services investigate Net adoption couple
Summary: Social services launched an investigation yesterday into the
British couple who paid thousands of pounds to adopt six-month-old twin
girls from California.
- January 17, 2001
Web Raises U.S.-UK Illegal Adoption Row
Summary: Two couples, one American and one British, are at the center of an
international tug of war over two children in a case that highlights the
problem of illegal and unscrupulous adoption procedures on the Internet.
- January 16, 2001
Children of China
Summary: Letter to the Editor
- January 14, 2001
Adoptions cross 3000 mark
Summary: For the first time, the number of adoptions in a calendar year has
crossed the 3000 mark. As compared to 2800 the year before, more than 3000
adoptions were reported in 2000.
- January 13, 2001
Romania, Under Pressure, Improves Orphanages
Summary: Under international pressure, particularly from the European Union,
the country has poured money and effort into improving the lives of the
abandoned children it had become infamous for in the early 1990's.
- January 13, 2001
ALBANY: ADOPTION RULING