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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.

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.

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