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Motivated or motivation

Ask yourself this. Could there be a more motivating factor than finding a missing child safe and well. In the hearts and minds of any decent human being, the child is all the motivation needed. Every now and again though something comes up that makes you ask questions.

Take the search for Maddie McCann. I know I have spoke on the McCanns before but they have created their own media monster for the inquisitive to explore.

The adoption quandary

from: latimes.com

By Elizabeth Larsen
January 7, 2008

Two adoption researchers have put this question to me in recent weeks: What are we going to tell the children adopted from Guatemala?

Moving History

I'm curious... are there museums or exhibits that feature the history of Child Placement anywhere?

Is adoption, with authentic original documentation, included in any of this type of exhibit? 

I would think there are lots of adoptees and children of adoptees who would like to know more about the way in which the adoption industry has conducted itself.

The Orphanage (English subtitles)

2007 movie trailer

The Child-Care Crisis

Adoption: Not so happily-ever-after

"Where are my real parents?" That's funny stuff!

Adoption: A Parent's choice to tell

It's the gift that keeps on giving!

George Lopez - Why you crying? (part 1)

Childhood memories from George Lopez. Ethnic humor showing the difference between "strength" and "abuse" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g6w4t-pPQI

UK Decoy Tactics

Over the past two years I have been to Internet adoption sites almost daily. Adoption related forums give great insight to how adoption effects people.

It soon became clear that laws and issues surrounding adoption differ from country to country.

One thing that surprised me was how the UK was perceived. The majority believing that the UK has no adoption problems. Well, I know from where I'm sitting there is a problem or three!

I decided to take a trip around the adoption web world with foreign eyes.

Behind Closed Doors

Over the past week I have been asking everyone I know one question. What is child trafficking? Everyone knew it was illegal, few actually knew why it was illegal and ashamed as I am to say it a few even said they weren't interested! The lack of interest rightly or wrongly mainly stemmed from the image they had of illegal trafficking.

EU Citizens Exploit Children

Child Trafficking - Babies

from: allafrica.com

This Day (Lagos) 6 January 2008
Roland Ogbonnaya
Lagos

The anti-human trafficking law recently claimed its first casualty in Abakakili, Ebonyi State when a 28 year-old child trafficker, Miss Nneka Orji-Okoro was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine by a Federal High Court in the state.

PC before CP?

Baby caught in adoption drama

Two couples claim right to be his parents

By Jeff Martin | jeff.martin@examiner.net

The transfer of a child from one adoptive family to another did not take place Monday as was scheduled, and it is unclear what will happen next.

Jackson County Circuit Judge John R. O'Malley ruled on Dec. 18 that the 8-month-old baby, Max, who is currently living with a foster family in Grain Valley, be transferred to Gary Stocklaufer and his wife, Cindy, by noon Dec. 31.

Devangshu Datta: Whose baby is it anyway?

VIEWPOINT

Devangshu Datta / New Delhi January 05, 2008

Take a sperm donor, add an egg donor, mix in appropriate lab conditions and rent a womb for nine months. That’s the recipe for a surrogate baby. Of course, there may be some confusion when it comes to deciding who the parents of the said infant are.

Meanwhile in Malta

from: independent.com

The Adoption Bill, which has been presented in Parliament, follows the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of inter-country adoption. The Family and Social Solidarity Ministry explained to CARLA GATT that this bill was drafted with the best interests of the child in mind.

and not even a refund...

Filling the void

Though I was born in 1965, I feel my story starts on 25 November 1954. That day both my natural parents and my adoptive parents got married and the often hard to explain who is who of my life story was formed. The short version would be, my natural father's sister and her husband adopted me, turning my aunt and uncle into my mother and father, my father into my uncle and my mother into the ex-wife of my uncle. On top of that it turned my brother and sister into cousins.

Am I raising a bully?

Doing the impossible

Has everyone ever heard, "that can't be done", "such is not possible"? Given enough imagination anything can be done, especially when bending the rules a little.

Roller coaster

I seem to live my life in  loop mode of a roller c

For kids, ‘philanthropy’ is no grown-up word

Technology credited with getting more young people involved with charity

By Philip Rucker, Washington Post

updated 1 hour, 28 minutes ago

In lieu of presents for her 12th birthday party this year, Maddie Freed of Potomac asked her friends to bring money, and she raised $800 for Children's Hospital.

and if it weren't enough

In two days it will be New Year's Eve, having barely recuperated from Christmas. For me New Year's Eve is the worst day of the year. It dwarfs Christmas in comparison. Every year all missed opportunities, failed achievements and utter stupidities of the past year come bombarding me. It's a day of sadness and decay while its outlook is the bleak month of January; the cold, barren winter time stretching out for at least another two and a half month.

Just a stupid family fact

If identical twins have sex with a corresponding set of identical twins, the children of these two couples, though legally (double) first cousins to one another, would genetically be as closely related to each other as ordinary full siblings.

Incest, without the guilt?

Re-evaluating Adoption: Validating the Local

Re-evaluating Adoption: Validating the Local
by Daniel Drennan

After it was reported that a French NGO named Arche de Zoé had attempted to airlift a planeload of children out of Chad for adoption in France, Ann Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, stated:

International Advocates for Children moving to The Hague

from: denhaag.com

The independent, non-governmental organisation International Advocates for Children (IAC) is moving its headquarters this year from Amsterdam to The Hague. On 26 June the IAC and the Municipality of The Hague signed the contract to facilitate the move. The IAC, established in 2001, is a rapidly growing non-profit human rights organisation for orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.

Amrex using agencies

from: http://amrex.blogspot.com/

Amrex-Using Agencies and e-Contact Info

Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936 Cartoon)

Christmas, through the eyes of those spending it within an orphange.

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.

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