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from: datelinehollywood.com

Muscatine woman faces endangerment charges against child that was about to be adopted

Guatemala launches adoption probe

from: BBC news

Guatemalan authorities are trying to check the status of 46 young children to see if they were taken from their parents for illegal adoption abroad.

They were found at a home close to Guatemala City after neighbours reported seeing foreigners collecting children there every day.

The children's ages range from three years old to just a few days.

Officials say they are waiting for the home's owner, said to be a US citizen, to return to Guatemala on Monday.

Are you thinking about MARRIAGE?

from: watchtower.org


If we compare the global divorce phenomenon to an earthquake, the United States would be at the epicenter. In a recent year, more than one million marriages were terminated there—an average of two every minute. But you may well be aware that the United States is hardly alone in its marital misery.

The Belgian Connection

How adoptions started in Belgium

In 1958 Father Delooz, Franciscaner went to the Belgian colony Rwanda, where he got into contact with the White Sisters of Afrika. The Sisters run an orphanages for Mulate children.

Many colonial men had relations with black women. Only ten percent of these children was registered by the fathers. The mulate children were taken into orphanages by the Sisters. It was not obliged by law, but the mothers were forced to give up their children (also if they could well take care of them).

Kafalah

The new frontiers of placement: kafalah, European adoption and international placement.

The acceptance of minors coming from Islamic countries, for adoption in countries of the European Union, the regulation of international placement: those are the terms for Amici dei Bambini (AiBi) that could enlarge the horizon of the acceptance of abandoned minors and minors with family problems.

Adoption scam

Adoption scam leaves couples financially, emotionally scarred

By Sarah Wallace

(New York - WABC, September 10, 2007) - Adoptive couples are opening up about their heartbreak, saying they are the victims of a baby bait-and-switch scheme.

The Eyewitness News Investigators took an exclusive into an international adoption agency with clients all over the United States.

That agency, which posts photo listings of children on Web sites, is now under criminal investigation.

The Investigators' Sarah Wallace joins us.

Sounds, Sleep, Silence

It's been another sleepless night.  My son can't sleep; he's worried about school.  I can't blame him, so I stay awake with him, reassuring him it will be alright.

My oldest son is the victim of bullying

It has cost us many many sleepless nights, and now that school has started again, it's reign of terror has begun it's haunting path.  Again.

In our case, it has been the school and counselor who has tortured me and my son the most.

How?

Keep up the clamor to fix Arizona's broken system

from: Arizona Republic

Sept. 9, 2007 12:00 AM

If you want to see real change in child welfare, you are going to have to yell longer, not louder.

Child-protective systems nationwide were molded by sporadic bursts of negative attention on the state level and a perverse funding mechanism on the federal level.

Both encourage quick-fix approaches.

Accreditation

So much for conflict of interest...

The US intends to ratify the Hague Convention beginning 2008. To this end they have designated two organisations as accreditors: one of them is the *Council on Accreditation*, in which  Thomas Atwood (President National Council for Adoption and former Board Member of Bethany Christian Services) and Beverly Grant (Director Bethany Christian Services) are members of the Board.

The acceditation process will be done on the basis of PEER reviews.

Government shuts down Girl Child Network

from: zimdaily.com

THE government has provisionally shut down Betty Hazviperi Makoni’s Girl Child Network (GCN) following shocking revelations that she was illegally and unlawfully keeping children without proper documentation and permission from the Ministry of Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare.

GCN is an organisation that fights for the rights of the girl child against all forms of child abuses that include rape and negligence.

Adoptive vs. Biological Parent Smackdown

from: adopteejournal-nina.blogspot.com

For those catching up, an update: Seven months after finding my birthmother, I'm told she allowed her husband to sexually abuse a child in her care over a period of years. My mother is still in denial. This child, now a woman, never received family help.

There's nothing like some wine tasting followed by long soaks in hot mineral pools to work out the kinks. Thank you, Calistoga!

Last Days

Meanwhile in Iceland

from: IcelandReview

With the debate over family values raging on both sides of the Atlantic, Icelandic society dances to the beat of its own ethical drum, banding together to pioneer inroads into the terra incognita of non-traditional families like same-sex parents, unions outside the church and interracial adoption.

Two couples fight for right to claim child as their own

By Pamela Manson
The Salt Lake Tribune

Article Last Updated: 09/05/2007 11:18:15 AM MDT

LOGAN - In Utah, hopeful adoptive parents call the toddler from China Amanda. In Kansas, another pair of longing parents know her as Amelya. As she approaches her third birthday, both couples are battling to make the girl their own.

21 Big Lessons from Little Kids

Little gems you may have forgotten.

By the Editors of Men's Health

http://men.msn.com/articlemh.aspx?cp-documentid=5372800&GT1=10416

Activism

A new scientific truth does not triumph by
convincing its opponents and making them
see the light, but rather because its opponents
eventually die, and a new generation grows up
that is familiar with it.

Max Planck

Ever since the 70's activists have been fighting over the paper trail, a generation of activists stuck in an endless succession of legal battles in a state by state course.  

Religious question

I am not a religious person, though I am not completely ignorant of the subject. Still there is something keeps me wondering. In the pro-adoption community is an strong representation of christian factions. People who as I have come to know have a belief in the Will of God. I would say, from a religious point of view, pregnancy is an expression of God's will. So if God chooses a woman to become pregnant, why would he want it raised by strangers?

Bipolar disorder in youths may be over-diagnosed

A new study says a fortyfold increase can be partly attributed to doctors mislabeling children and teens with the illness.

By Denise Gellene, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 4, 2007

The diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents has risen fortyfold since 1994, according to a study released Monday. But researchers partly attributed the dramatic rise to doctors over-diagnosing the serious psychiatric disorder.

Excessive TV Spurs Attention Trouble in Kids

But the new study is at odds with much of the previous research, experts say

By Jeffrey Perkel, HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Watching more than two hours of television daily during childhood increases the likelihood of attention problems in adolescence, according to a new study.

Yet far from settling the debate, the findings add more confusion to the debate on whether television viewing might contribute to attention problems. The new research largely agrees with one previous study but disagrees with two others.

Pentagon e-mail system breached

E-mail system was located in office of secretary of defense

By David Morgan
Reuters
Updated: 12:08 p.m. ET Sept. 4, 2007

The Pentagon on Tuesday said computer hackers gained access to an unclassified e-mail system in the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but declined comment on a report that the Chinese army was responsible.

Craig's children stand by disgraced senator

Their dad was ‘victim of circumstance,’ but not guilty, son says

The Associated Press
Updated: 10:41 a.m. ET Sept. 4, 2007

BOISE, Idaho - Two of Sen. Larry Craig's children said Tuesday they questioned him explicitly about "what exactly happened in that bathroom" where he was arrested in a sex sting and believe his assertions that he isn't gay.

Baby selling racket exposed in Delhi

Sep 03: In another sting operation by a TV channel CNN IBN, exposing a baby selling racket in Delhi by a placement agency in Adivasi Sewa Samiti office in Shakarpur. These placement agencies are becoming a breeding centre of such crimes.

The placement agencies traffic minor tribal girls from Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal and either sold them for domestic help or are impregnated forcefully and sell the babies to the couples looking for child adoption.

Private equity invests in fostering children

From: The Times
September 3, 2007

About 5 per cent of Britain’s 41,700 fostered children are being placed by agencies owned by private equity firms

by Robin Pagnamenta

They play an ever-increasing role in British life - running our shops, hospitals, collecting our rubbish and managing our finances. Now profit-hungry private equity firms are queueing up for another business opportunity - fostering children.

Trevorrow v State of South Australia: a summary

On 1 August 2007, Justice Gray in the Supreme Court of South Australia delivered judgment in Trevorrow v State of South Australia.

The plaintiff, Bruce Trevorrow, is Aboriginal. He was born on 20th November 1956 at Queen Victoria Hospital, Adelaide.  His parents were Joe Trevorrow and Thora Lampard.  He spent the first 13 months of his life at One Mile Camp near Meningie, on the Coorong in South Australia.

Guatemala's child-snatching plague

By Philip Sherwell in Guatemala City, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 2:05am BST 04/09/2007

American couples are flocking to the hotels of Guatemala City, but not to see the country's ancient Mayan remains nor the capital's more limited modern charms. Instead they are flying south in droves in the hope of embracing a bouncing new addition to their families - a baby, priced at about $30,000 (£15,000).

Uncommon Threads

from: www.sacbee.com

Ray Materson used his prison time to learn a craft - creating miniature masterpieces

Last Updated 9:06 am PDT
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"The Noon Watch, " "Mark McGuire," and "Covenant and Betrayal" are included in "Stories Through Needle and Thread," an exhibit of Ray Materson's miniature needlework at the Design Museum at UC Davis.

The Madonna-Horde Syndrome Strikes AGAIN!

Someone, please stop this woman, before I go into cardiac-arrest!

http://entertainment.msn.com/music/hotgossip/8-29-07_3?gt1=7702

Out of Compliance? Implementing the Infant Adoption Awareness Act

The Guttmacher Report on Public Policy
August 2004, Volume 7, Number 3
Special Analysis

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