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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 13, 2011 I.R.S. Denied Lesbians Legitimate Adoption Credit
QUOTE: when several lesbians seeking to adopt a partner’s child received letters from the Internal Revenue Service that said they could not use the credit, they couldn’t help but wonder: Is the government choosing to recognize our unions only when it’s to the government’s benefit?
New York Times Apr 27, 2010 In Lawsuit on Adoption, Focus Is on Disclosure
QUOTE: Issues of disclosure have drawn increasing attention in recent years. Lawsuits erupted in the 1980s over domestic adoptions in which histories of abuse and other problems were kept from adoptive parents. “The philosophy was the blank slate, that adoption is a new start,” Professor Blair said. Now, she said, experts believe that “disclosure of health information is vital.”
New York Times Oct 07, 2009 Group Resists Korean Stigma for Unwed Mothers
QUOTE: Yet each year, [South Korean] social pressure drives thousands of unmarried women to choose between abortion, which is illegal but rampant, and adoption, which is considered socially shameful but is encouraged by the government. The few women who decide to raise a child alone risk a life of poverty and disgrace.
New York Times Sep 19, 2009 Some Chinese parents say their babies were stolen for adoption
QUOTE: [in China] some parents are beginning to come forward to tell harrowing stories of babies who were taken away by coercion, fraud or kidnapping -- sometimes by government officials who covered their tracks by pretending that the babies had been abandoned.
Los Angeles Times Jun 18, 2009 Guatemalan Children In Limbo of Orphanages: Parents Push U.S. Officials to Help
QUOTE: Marcela and an estimated 700 other children are languishing in orphanages there [Guatemala] as their [adoption] cases wend through a maze of legal hurdles and bureaucratic snags.
Washington Post Apr 22, 2009 After Losing Freedom, Some Immigrants Face Loss of Custody of Their Children
QUOTE: crackdowns against illegal immigrants thrust local courts into transnational custody battles and leave thousands of children in limbo.
New York Times Mar 30, 2009 Madonna and another Malawi child?
QUOTE: the larger issue, child-rights advocates say, is whether international adoptions are in the best interests of the child.
Christian Science Monitor May 27, 2008 De-emphasis on Race in Adoption Is Criticized
QUOTE: The report, based on an examination of the law’s impact over a decade, said that minority children adopted into white households face special challenges and that white parents need preparation and training for what might lie ahead. But it found that social workers and state agencies fear litigation and stiff penalties under the law for even discussing race with adopting couples. As a result, families often do not get the counseling they need. It also found that states have ignored an aspect of the law that requires diligent recruitment of black parents.
New York Times Nov 10, 2007 Gabriel’s Story: An Oregon custody case could reunite a two-year-old with a convicted felon: his dad.
QUOTE: Federal law prevents geographical distance from influencing an adoption decision, and state law favors blood relatives....As far as the Brandts are concerned, however, they are his family—the only family he's known besides his drug-addled mother.
Newsweek Oct 04, 2007 Guatemala seeks to slow exodus of babies to U.S.
QUOTE: Adoption has been a hotly contested issue in Guatemala for years. While adoptive parents in the United States undergo rigorous screening, adoptions in Guatemala are processed under a notary system that allows lawyers and judges to place children for adoption. Both Guatemalan and U.S. officials fear the system leads to practices such as paying birth mothers for children, or, some instances, using coercion.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 19, 2007 Orphanages brim, but Russia thwarts foreign adoption: This week, the last of 89 foreign-based adoption agencies failed to get reaccreditation.
QUOTE: Defenders of the government crackdown say it's about improving accountability and providing safeguards for Russian children who are adopted abroad. They cite claims that at least 14 Russian kids adopted in the US and Canada have died over the past decade, victims of parental abuse.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 05, 2006 Guatemalan Adoption System Under Scrutiny
QUOTE: In other countries, adoptive parents are sought out for abandoned children. In Guatemala, children are frequently sought out for foreign parents seeking to adopt and given up by their birth mothers to baby brokers who may pay from a few hundred dollars to $2,000 for a baby...
New York Times Oct 09, 2006 Mother Tries to Unadopt, Citing Boy's Troubled Past: Mother Says Caseworkers Failed to Disclose Child's Stormy History
QUOTE: taking the highly unusual step of trying to unadopt him....[The adoptive mother--Ed.] said she did not know he had lived in five foster homes since he was 16 months old. Nor that his alcohol- and drug-addicted biological parents had physically abused him...
Washington Post Aug 17, 2006 Overcoming Adoption’s Racial Barriers
QUOTE: The Multiethnic Placement Act and its amendments prohibited federally financed agencies from denying adoption based on race....In practice, however, decisions about adoption placements are still influenced by racial considerations, many families say. Since 1994, white prospective parents have filed, and largely won, more than two dozen discrimination lawsuits...
New York Times Mar 12, 2006 Stealing Babies for Adoption: With U.S. Couples Eager to Adopt, Some Infants Are Abducted and Sold in China
QUOTE: The foreign adoption program has matched Chinese babies with foreign families eager for them, while delivering crucial funding to orphanages in this country. But it has also spawned a tragic irony, transforming once-unwanted Chinese girls into valuable commodities worth stealing.
Washington Post Feb 09, 2006 Grieving Mother Holds One Last Wish for Son: Vietnamese Parents Seek U.S. Residency After Marine's Death
QUOTE: ...to U.S. immigration authorities, Le benefited from the adoption -- legal or not -- by coming to the United States as the son of his aunt and uncle. Le's birth parents, therefore, cannot benefit from their relationship to him, according to a denial Nguyen received from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Washington Post Dec 12, 2005 Custody Battle Is Waged Over Comatose Girl: Massachusetts Fights Stepfather Accused Of Beating Youngster
QUOTE: On one side is the state of Massachusetts, whose social-service system failed to prevent Haleigh's abuse and is now seeking to remove her life support. On the other is Haleigh's stepfather, Jason Strickland, whose wife adopted the girl and who has been charged in her abuse. He believes the girl should be kept alive -- but he also might be prosecuted for murder if she is not.
Washington Post Nov 13, 2005 Found on the Web, With DNA: a Boy's Father
QUOTE: "No one knew you could get a DNA test and find your donor." While welcomed by advocates of children trying to locate anonymous donors, the case -- apparently the first of its kind -- has raised alarm among sperm banks and some medical ethicists. They are concerned it might start a trend that could violate the privacy of thousands of sperm donors and discourage future ones.
Washington Post Nov 06, 2005 The Sounds of Silence
QUOTE: ...the child is right there while being spoken about. Thus the parent who is asked impertinent questions has a triple etiquette problem: How to stop this insulting nosiness, how to keep it from upsetting the child and how to teach the child to deal with the same problem on his own, presuming that the rude are forever among us.
Washington Post Jun 24, 2003 The problem with 'embryo adoption': Why is the government giving money to Snowflakes?
QUOTE: So what's the big deal about a religious group that believes all embryos are children and is trying to find them "adoptive" parents among infertile couples using IVF? Well, actually there is a lot that is wrong.
MSNBC Mar 04, 2003 Adoption Anguish
QUOTE: The experts, twisting Freudian theory, reasoned that good girls were getting pregnant because they were emotionally ill. The cure was to give up the baby.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette/News-Sentinel (Indiana) Jan 28, 2003 'Illinois Miracle' Disputed After Child-Abuse Cases
QUOTE: Six adults were arrested and 12 children taken to emergency shelters this weekend in two incidents that horrified the authorities and renewed criticism of Illinois' child-welfare system...
New York Times Aug 23, 2002 Shaming Young Mothers
QUOTE: ...new [Florida] law requires women — even 14- and 15-year-old girls, even rape victims — to disclose the name and address of the father of a baby offered for adoption, or else to publish...ads for four weeks.
New York Times Feb 04, 2002 Group Backs Gays Who Seek to Adopt a Partner's Child
QUOTE: The American Academy of Pediatrics...is announcing its support today for the right of gay men and lesbians to adopt their partners' children.
New York Times Dec 16, 2001 The Ethicist: After the Crash
New York Times May 16, 2001 The Pregnant Pariah: I've Got News for Gov. Jane Swift, and It Probably Isn't What She Wants to Hear.
QUOTE: ...there may never be a convenient time for a woman with a political career to take, say, three years off to bear and raise children....it may be that the reason we see so few women (and so few mothers) in high office...
Salon Jan 16, 2001 Battle Over Internet-bought Twins
QUOTE: A British couple embroiled in a bitter adoption battle over six-month old twins -- who were born in the United States and sold twice over the Internet -- vowed...to keep the girls.
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