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Guatemala adoptions: a baby trade?

By Laura Smith-Spark
BBC News, Guatemala City

This year, more than 4,700 Guatemalan children have been adopted by US families.

This makes Guatemala second only to China as the source of babies adopted by American families - and means one in every 100 Guatemalan children grows up a US citizen.

But that could all be about to change.

Following months of debate, the Guatemalan Congress passed a bill last week bringing national adoption laws into line with an international treaty.

Can an Adopted Child Be Returned?

from: The New York Times

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007
By Peter Ritter/Hong Kong

A Gentle Introduction to PPL

Pound Pup Legacy aims to be a web-resource on child-placement, neglect, abandonment, abuse and it's influence on  the personal lives of those involved and society at large. As such we are collecting and creating content related to these subjects.

Carole Atkinson discusses a precedent in adoption law

by Vicky Anderson
Dec 18 2007
Liverpool Daily Post

A MOTHER'S determination to offer for adoption a child conceived during a one-night stand will set a precedent for other single mothers and unidentified fathers.

Donor drain: Mistrust grows, loyalty goes

Contribute: Charities lose lots of money replacing departing benefactors

By Tracie McMillan
Contribute Magazine

updated 7:19 a.m. ET Dec. 17, 2007

Anne Senft spends her work days raising money for the National Wildlife Federation. It’s not an easy job, and lately, it’s gotten harder. According to Senft, the Reston, Va.-based charity has been losing some 300,000 donors each year — nearly one-third of its nearly 1 million members.

Taking a wide-eyed look at how the adoption industry operates

Ask the average person, "What do you know about adoption?" and more than likely, the response will reflect a sentiment that shows a superficial knowledge about child-placement, and the business that goes behind selling children to other families in our society.  There are laws based on contracts, and deals made during times of duress, yet profit and parenting is being sold to the highest bidders, and children are the ones being handled like cargo, trafficked to whatever place comes next.

US Woman Arrested for Killing Infant

By Park Si-soo
Staff Reporter

An American woman has been arrested in the United States on charges of killing a baby she adopted.

Rebecca Kyrie, 28, was indicted with physical detention on Friday for murdering Chung Hei-min, a 13-month-old girl adopted from Korea about six months ago by the accused and her spouse David, according to The Indianapolis Star, a local daily published in Indianapolis in the U.S. on Sunday.

The arrest came after a three-month-long investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff Department.

The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services

From the legislative desk of Senator Nancy Schaefer 50th District of Georgia

November 16, 2007


BY: Nancy Schaefer
Senator, 50th District

Report Finds Flaws in Inquiries On Foster Abuse in New Jersey

from: The New York Times


New Jersey's child welfare agency has shown a ''routine failure'' to adequately investigate allegations of abuse and neglect in foster homes and state-run institutions, leaving thousands of children under its care at risk of harm, a study has found.

There are four myths that rule intercountry adoption:

Gita Ramaswamy, India - 2003

(with permission from the author) 

Myth No1: That thousands of children are abandoned by their natural parents. These are the children who need loving homes, hence adoption.

Report finds three decades of abuse at Christian Brothers facility

from: independent.ie

December 11 2007

Vulnerable young people suffered vicious sexual and physical abuse at a residential facility for the disabled over three decades, it emerged tonight.

A damming report outlined harrowing allegations of assault, with 21 residents claiming they were raped and beaten.

The Chosen One

The Chosen One

Yeah! I may be over run with mice.... but I'm not new any more!!!

Institutionalized child abuse

Male Circumcision in the USA:

A Human Rights Primer

Rich Winkel rich@math.missouri.edu
May 18, 2005

Inter-Country Adoptee Perspectives: Post Adoption Support Services

Inter-Country Adoptee Perspectives: Post Adoption Support Services

What Post Adoption Support Services are Needed and Why do you think this is Important?

© ICASN, November 2007

Firstly, being an adoptee I had a personal narrative that use to tell me constantly that I wasn't good enough, there was something wrong with me because my parents didn't want me, and I wasn't worthy enough to be loved. I carried around these thoughts for a long time. It wasn't until I spoke to counselors that I realized these were false beliefs.

Why I needed Santa and mittens

Looking at me, I am a walking contradiction.  I am soft and sweet but tasteless and crude; I am smart and funny but stubborn and really obtuse.  I am traditional... yet I really hate tradition. 

As a parent, I know there is no crazier time in the year than the selling of Santa and Jesus and good holiday cheer.  Yet, that's exactly how I need it to be in my life, because growing up, I worked my ass-off all year long hoping the Big Guy wearing a red suit would not forget me. 

Lost love

When I was a small child I loved and adored my adoptive parents. They were my world and I couldn't imagine a life without them. Years and years later I left them to start living on my own at my wits end, feeling I had to go, it being the death of me if I didn't. The love I once felt for them was completely gone. For years I couldn't look at families who got along fine without getting angry and frustrated.

What scientific studies have been done to study child placement/adoption?

October 2003


This review, by Dr Alan Rushton from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, set out to map published research literature on the adoption of children from public care, to identify gaps, and to suggest future directions for research.

Adoption fatigue and all that...

Sorry not been around

Adoption fatigue, need another subject to think about every now and then. That and loonies trailing me around the internet and the danger of them following me here

Adoption fatigue, anyone else get that? Just want to forget it for a while if you're allowed? Some chance

Think the Unthinkable

Carmel will help its employees adopt

City's offer of $5,000 toward adoption costs is unusual for municipalities, advocates say

CARMEL, Ind. -- A city that prides itself on being a trendsetter soon will offer a benefit rare among public employers: help in paying for adoptions.

Carmel's Board of Public Works this week approved a plan to offer each of its 500 city employees up to $5,000 in adoption costs per child, with a $10,000 maximum per employee.

Harry Nilsson - Without You

No, I can't forget this evening Or your face as you were leaving But I guess that's just the way the story goes You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows Yes, it shows No, I can't forget tomorrow When I think of all my sorrow When I had you there but then I let you go And now it's only fair that I should let you know What you should know I can't live if living is without you I can't live, I can't give any more I can't live if living is without you I can't give, I can't give any more No, I can't forget this evening Or your face as you were leaving But I guess that's just the way the story goes You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows Yes, it shows I can't live if living is without you I can't live, I can't give anymore I can't live if living is without you I can't live, I can't give anymore

Child 'rescue' in mass emergencies: illegal, unrealistic and unethical

from: globeandmail.com

Special to Globe and Mail Update


from: relativechoices.blogs.nytimes.com

By Lynn Lauber

In the shady side yard of the adoption equation are birth mothers — silent, mostly invisible women who have given up their children without fanfare and often with considerable grief.

China shedding adoption stigma, may tighten rules

By Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY

BEIJING — The infant handed to Wang Ling and her husband last month was born in the luckiest of lunar years — the Year of the Golden Pig — and seemed unusually sleepy even for a newborn. They nicknamed him Lazy Pig until they could settle on a proper name.

The boy's arrival ended Wang's year-long search of state-run orphanages and private websites where tens of thousands of Chinese couples advertise their desire to find adoptable children. 

The Adoption Tax Credit: An Ethical Dilemma

from Fall 2007Adoptalk

by Joe Kroll, NACAC's Executive Director

Since 1997, many adoptive families have been able to use the federal adoption tax credit. The credit, however, is due to end in 2010 and some legislators are already proposing to extend the credit indefinitely. New evidence suggests that we must not renew the credit without first ensuring that it furthers the goal of promoting and supporting adoptions from foster care.

What the Numbers Tell Us

EU Marks Universal Children's Day

11/20/07 - EU Marks Universal Children's Day


November 20, 2007

Thank Deng Xiaoping for Little Girls

The tyrannical roots of China's international adoption program

Looking forward to December

I usually check up the latest child placement news on the internet and when interesting put the article here on PPL. This month though we are faced with headlines like:

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