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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:

Reclaiming Ownership of My History

November 11, 2007,  7:48 pm

By Sumeia Williams

My dad had been serving his tour of duty in Vietnam when he’d decided to adopt. He and my mother had already had two boys and wanted a girl. In 1970, toward the last six months of his tour, he’d come across me in an orphanage and taken me home.

At least, that’s what I’d been told as a child.

Buyer's be aware

Another adoption agency in hot water

Families who hoped to adopt babies from the Marshall Islands accuse the Utah firm of negligence

By Kirsten Stewart

Article Launched: 11/16/2007 01:18:14 AM MST

Nine families who had hoped to adopt Marshallese babies through Legacy International Adoptions are now suing the Utah agency, arguing it lied to them and duped birth mothers into traveling to the United States to relinquish their infants.

Do-gooders can become the worst cheats

Study: Sense of moral superiority might lead to rationalizing bad behavior

By Jeanna Bryner
updated 3:07 p.m. ET,Thurs., Nov. 15, 2007

Morally upstanding people are the do-gooders of society, right? Actually, a new study finds that a sense of moral superiority can lead to unethical acts, such as cheating. In fact, some of the best do-gooders can become the worst cheats.

Stop us if this sounds familiar.

Brain Matures Late in Kids With ADHD

Brain Scans Show Children With the Condition Lag Three Years Behind Peers

ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 12, 2007

Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder lag three years behind their peers when it comes to brain development, a new study suggests.

The study is the first to quantify the differences in brain development between children with ADHD and their non-ADHD counterparts.

Increased Number of Unwed Mothers Raising the Child on their Own

According to Korea

from: jjtrenka.wordpress.com

According to Korea Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) the rate for single moms hoping to raise the child on their own increased up to 31.7% from 12.1% in 1998 and 5.8% in 1984. Ae Ran Won’s director Han Sangsoon says the number of mothers choosing to bring up over adoption has increased by more than 10 % during the past 5 years.

Repeat Screenings for Soldiers Find More PTSD

War-Related Trauma May Only Surface Months After Experiences, Study Finds

ABC News Medical Unit

Nov. 13, 2007—


Screening soldiers twice instead of just once in the months after they return from war zones may help clinicians catch more war-related mental health problems.

So says new research that suggests that repeat mental health screenings for soldiers can significantly improve both their mental health and their access to proper care.

Monkey Embryos Cloned for Stem Cells

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2007; A01 

Researchers in Oregon reported yesterday that they had created the world's first fully formed, cloned monkey embryos and harvested batches of stem cells from them -- a feat that, if replicated in people, could allow production of replacement tissues or organs with no risk of rejection.

Angelina Jolie May Lose Zahara: Birth Mother Wants Baby Back

Lynda Johnson
Nov 13, 2007

Zahara's family wants her back, a headline screams this week.  The cover story is from In Touch Weekly and the claim is that this may be the worst nightmare of Angelina Jolie if she loses baby Z.  Could it really happen?  It would be awful as Angie obviously loves her baby girl.  In a lengthy exposé the magazine details first that On June 20, 2006, Angelina proudly told CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the daughter she named Zahara.

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