After a 9 day trial, foster mom Melissa Sondrol was convicted of of assaulting her infant state ward child, breaking multiple bones and withholding medical information from providers.  The court was not allowed to hear her prior histories of abuse. This infant has suffered for years in MN and will live a life very different from other children due to the traumas visited upon him as a foster child – and the things that happened to him prior to entering child protection.

Stories about the shortage of foster care providers, lack of training and resources and transparency within the system are not uncommon – remember, we only read about the very worst cases – the sadness in foster care goes much deeper.

These statistics & information have been gathered by KARA over the last few months to bring awareness to the crisis and solutions communities experience providing safe homes for abused and neglected children.  From the National Foster Youth Institute;

We are making some promises to these children when we place them into foster care. We are telling them that they are getting the chance to create a better life for themselves. They are promised a safe home where they can have a family that can be called their own. For many children, these promise are just empty words that have no meaning. As the statistics show, many foster kids are aging out of the system and have nowhere to turn.

  • More than 23,000 children will age out of the US foster care system every year.
  • After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.
  • Only 1 out of every 2 foster kids who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.
  • There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life.
  • 7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21.
  • The percentage of children who age out of the foster care system and still suffer from the direct effects of PTSD: 25%.
  • Tens of thousands of children in the foster care system were taken away from their parents after extreme abuse.
  • 8% of the total child population of the United States is represented by reports of abuse that are given to authorities in the United States annually.
  • In 2015, more than 20,000 young people — whom states failed to reunite with their families or place in permanent homes.

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Editorial: Roses & thistles: Iowans step up to give forever homes to foster kids

DesMoinesRegister.com

A rose to the 26 Iowa families who adopted 39 children on the 18th annual Polk County Adoption Saturday. The kids ranged in age from one to 13, …

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Wednesday’s Child celebrates adoption day for Dharius!

FOX 11 Los Angeles

Dharius, and the search to find him an adoptive family, aired on Wednesday’s Child. The other two children were already in the Garcia-Ponce home.

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How children in foster care benefit from Stuff the Sleigh campaign

KSTP

November 27, 2018 08:44 AM. As of August 2018, there are 820 children in Minnesota in need of adoptive families. Gifts donated to 5 EYEWITNESS …

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What Mark Wahlberg’s new movie Instant Family gets right and wrong about foster care

Vox

Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, follows Pete and Ellie, a childless couple who decide to start a family by adopting children …

New directory an asset for foster care in South Carolina – Columbia Star

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Three families welcome adopted children at Angelina County adoption day event

KTRE

CASA of the Pines serves and advocates for foster children. Thorton says that adoption ceremonies like today’s are special and heartwarming to …

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Local families encouraged to consider adopting foster children

Olean Times Herald

Mandi Hemphill, who has completed two separate adoptions of three children, said that remaining in contact with birth families is best for the children …

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Breaking barriers

APO

All Australian children deserve to feel safe and loved and to have a strong sense of identity and belonging. Unfortunately there are tens of thousands …

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PRIB: Bill to fast-track adoption process hurdles second reading

Senate of the Philippines

Bill to fast-track adoption process hurdles second reading. A measure meant to simplify adoption process of a child by allowing the rectification of …

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Saint Lucia honours Universal Children’s Day with adoption of new Child Protection Bills

OECS Pressroom – Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States

An important step to operationalise the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other international instruments for the care …

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Dozens of children adopted in ceremony that brings smiles, hugs and cheers

Sun Sentinel

The Walters family almost doubled in size on Saturday when their adoptions of three children were finalized at the Broward County Courthouse in a …

64 South Florida Children Find Forever Homes For National Adoption Day – CBS Miami

Foster care children look for permanent homes during Michigan’s Adoption Month – WNDU-TV

39 children adopted in Douglas County during National Adoption Day – KMTV – 3 News Now

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Dozens of children adopted on 18th Annual Polk County Adoption Saturday

DesMoinesRegister.com

The lives of 39 children changed Saturday morning at the Polk County Justice Center. The center was decorated with bright-colored balloons and …

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Dozens of children find ‘forever families’ at annual Adoption Day event in Dallas

Dallas News

Dalyla was one of nearly 40 children who was adopted Saturday during Dallas County’s annual Adoption Day celebration. The event, hosted by …

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Post-adoption services help families stay together as children grow

WSLS 10

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – When a child is in foster care, there are many people around them to help with services— case managers, therapists, and …

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13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony

Hamilton Journal News

More than a dozen foster children were connected with forever families during a Saturday celebration for National Adoption Day at the Butler County …

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Child Protective Services Hosts Adoption Day Ceremony

Spectrum News

SEGUIN, Texas — More than two dozen children were adopted in Seguin on Monday for Child Protective Services’s annual Adoption Day.

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Dozens of metro children commit to forever families on National Adoption Day

KETV Omaha

Follow this story to get instant e-mail alerts from KETV on the latest developments and related topics. Dozens of metro children commit to forever …

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Somerset County Children and Youth Services celebrates national adoption day

WJAC Johnstown

In honor of National Adoption Day Saturday, Somerset County Children and Youth Services held a painting and awareness event to educate the …

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10 children find ‘forever family’ at Brazos County Adoption Day

KAGSTV.com

361st District Judge Steve Smith presided over the adoption of 10 children during the county’s annual adoption day. “Today everybody’s happy and I’m …

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Families finalize adoptions during Michigan Adoption Day ceremony in Clinton County

Lansing State Journal

Families finalize adoptions during Michigan Adoption Day ceremony in Clinton County …. Four families finalized the adoptions of six children.

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National Adoption Month Kicks off with Attack on Faith

Family Research Council

It was a somber launch to National Adoption Month for children seeking families. In March of 2018, the City of Philadelphia (the city) put out an urgent …

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11 heartwarming photos of newly adopted children and their families

INSIDER

About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year and the number is even higher internationally. In celebration of national adoption …

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Nine children adopted at Santa Maria Juvenile Court during National Adoption Day celebration

Lompoc Record

Putting an end to months of insecurity about their status, nine children were formally adopted by their forever families Wednesday in Santa Maria …

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Montgomery County children find forever homes during National Adoption Day

WDTN.com

“It’s gratifying when you have people from the community step up to adopt children and give them a forever home,” said Montgomery County Probate …

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Twelve children adopted during Franklin County National Adoption Day event

NBC4i.com

“I adopted three children. I am a foster mom, and they came in as foster children. And they became part of our family. I have a great big family, and they …

14 children, 2 adults adopted ahead of National Adoption Day – News 12 New Jersey

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New website aims to connect potential parents with children ready to be adopted

WMUR Manchester

So far this year, 215 children in New Hampshire have been adopted into permanent homes, nearly double the number who were adopted last year.

Number of children being adopted from care falls – The Times

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Judge Awards Full Custody of Children During National Adoption Awareness Month

KVEO-TV

EDINBURG, Texas – In honor of National Adoption Awareness month and just in time for the holiday season. Five children were adopted this evening …

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Celebrating adoption with local family helping foster children

WZZM13.com

November is National Adoption Month, and the 18th is National Adoption Day. In Kent County, there are nearly 900 children in foster care looking for …

Sen. Chuck Grassley: This National Adoption Month, Congress has more work to do – Washington Examiner

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How to tell your child that they are adopted

INSIDER

If you have recently adopted a child — or are considering doing so in the future — you may have a few questions about how to tell your child that they …

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When Families Un-Adopt a Child

The Atlantic

The little girl in the photograph squints and smiles broadly in the sunlight. According to a now-deleted public post on Second Chance Adoptions’ …

Arizona’s Children Association celebrates National Adoption Month – AZ Big Media

NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY: 48 children adopted, thousands still looking for permanent homes – News3LV

National Adoption Month is Underway in Texas – MyHighPlains.com

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Adoption Day: Children get gift of permanent, loving homes in Porter County

WLS-TV

More than 200 children are in foster care in Porter County, more kids than there are foster families. Case workers many times have to do what they can …

Becoming a family: Porter County Juvenile Court hosts first adoption day – Kokomo Perspective

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The Truth about the Adoption Debate

Family Research Council

If you listen to liberal activists talk about faith-based adoption services or read … Open adoptions are where both the child’s biological family and the …

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Adoption Services

California Department of Social Services – State of California

Adoption Services. How can I adopt a child? What is the Adoption Assistance Program? Where can I find a State Licensed Adoption Agency?

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Ofsted praises Sunderland’s partnership sharing adoption practices

The University of Sunderland

We believe the work we are doing is making a huge difference to the lives of young children who have already had to deal with the often traumatic …

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Louisiana once again breaks adoption record; more than 900 foster children now with permanent …

Knoe.com

LOUISIANA – Louisiana has for the third year in a row set a record for the most adoptions in one year, with more than 900 foster children finding …

Louisiana boosts the number of foster children adoptions – KLFY

Many children in foster care await a forever family – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Colorado Springs faith-based foster care/adoption program celebrates 10th anniversary – Colorado Springs Gazette

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Special day planned for 20 foster children awaiting adoption

nwitimes.com

In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, the Indiana Department of Child Services, in collaboration with the Porter County Juvenile Court and …

Mahoning County Children Services looking for forever homes for foster children – WYTV

Kids get ‘forever families’ on National Adoption Day – WNDU-TV

Billings to celebrate National Adoption Month – Billings Gazette

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Families, kids celebrate adoption

New Castle News

November is National Adoption Month. In celebration, the Lawrence County Children and Youth Services held its seventh annual Adoption Day …

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Pro-life friends supported our children’s adoptions. But they balk at policies keeping them alive.

USA TODAY

Republicans ‘unfriended’ me for being too political. Funny that they accused me of that only when I fought for policies that protect my children.

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Louisiana once again breaks adoption record; more than 900 foster children now with permanent …

The Advocate

Louisiana has again set a record for the most adoptions in one year, with more than 900 foster children finding permanent homes in 2018, according …

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Westfield adoption event connects foster children with potential families

WWLP.com

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of foster children from the Western Massachusetts area were connected with potential forever families.

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Dozens of children adopted on Denver Adoption Day

9News.com KUSA

On Friday, adoptions were finalized for 54 children in Denver at the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. Denver Adoption Day is an annual event, …

Families Celebrate During Denver Adoption Day – CBS Denver

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Child adoptions in SA face systemic challenges

Independent Online

But it seems there are a number of reasons for the decline in adoption numbers. Some claim it is a front for child trafficking. This is a valid concern, but …

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Children’s Home Society holds events for Adoption Awareness month

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — In recognition of Adoption Awareness month, the Children’s Home Society has planned several events for the month of November.

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Trump declares National Adoption Month, says ‘every child is wanted’

Catholic News Agency

“Adoption affirms the inherent value of human life and signals that every child ‑‑ born or unborn ‑‑ is wanted and loved,” read Trump’s proclamation.

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Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report #25

Administration for Children and Families – HHS.gov

This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for Fiscal Year 2017. As states …

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Adoption Medicine Clinic team helps children and families achieve success

University of Minnesota Health

For years, the University of Minnesota Health Adoption Medicine Clinic has helped children meet growth and development milestones. Now, the clinic …

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Chemung County Celebrates National Adoption Awareness Month 2018

Chemung County

Elmira- There are more than 440,000 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 117,000 of them are waiting to be adopted. Many of …

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opt 4th child on National Adoption Day

WTHITV.com

more than a hundred thousand kids nationwide are ready for adoption right now… but they need homes to go to. good evening and welcome to news …

Sixty-Two Children And Families To Celebrate Adoption In Riverside County – Inland Empire

Over 60 Kids To Be Formally Adopted by RivCo Families In One Day – Patch.com

President Trump: “Adoption Affirms the Value of Human Life. Every Child, Born or Unborn, is … – LifeNews.com

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13 children adopted during mass adoption ceremony in Hamilton County

WKRC TV Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – On Friday, more than a dozen local children now have forever homes. This was the 12th annual mass adoption ceremony for …

8 local children join new families during adoption ceremony – St. Augustine Record

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State is liable for safety of foster children, Washington Supreme Court rules

The Seattle Times

The state Supreme Court ruled that the state is responsible for the welfare of children after they’re placed with foster parents, broadening protections …

State must protect foster children from abuse, court rules – Crosscut

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13 children unite with “Forever Families” during mass adoption ceremony

Cincinnati.com

Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler holds Harden Lammers, 1, and Kyle Nickell, 2, after the two were adopted during the Hamilton …

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8 foster children adopted in St. Johns County ceremony

WJXT News4JAX

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Eight St. Johns County foster children have permanent homes after a ceremony Friday to celebrate National Adoption …

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Available for adoption: Meet the children featured in the Oklahoma Heart Gallery

Tulsa World

The Tulsa World is partnering with the Oklahoma Heart Gallery to raise awareness of the need for permanent families for children in the Department of …

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England adoption rates falling as IVF improves, says senior official

The Guardian

A drop in the rate of children being adopted is partly caused by improvements in IVF, the head of the public body representing children in care has …

Number of adoptions plummet ‘due to IVF treatment success’ – The Independent

Increased success in IVF treatment is causing a drop in the number of adoptions, says chief of child … – Daily Mail

Adoptions fall by 62% as IVF success rises – BBC News

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Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J Corbett Adoption Agency to hold Heart Gallery Luncheon

Monroe County Post

The 2018 Children Awaiting Parents/Donald J. Corbett Adoption Agency’s Heart Gallery Luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov.

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Local Foster Children Find Their Forever Homes In Time To Trick-Or-Treat

WJCT NEWS

Several local foster children found their forever homes during a special Halloween event at the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday, just in time to …

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Changes to foster laws vital for the wellbeing of children

The Sydney Morning Herald

If children can’t return home, the goal would be an alternative legal arrangement of guardianship with a relative, or adoption by a foster carer – with …

The Reasons for Low Levels of Adoption in India Are Manifold – The Wire

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Adopt a Child

Vermont Department for Children and Families – Vermont.gov

On any given day in Vermont, there are about 80 children waiting for families to adopt them. … Adoption Assistance for Children Involved With DCF

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DePelchin Children’s Center

depelchin.org

DePelchin Childrens Center DePelchin is an accredited foster care and adoption agency serving the most vulnerable children and families in Texas …

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Pact, An Adoption Alliance

pactadopt.org

Serving adopted children of color by providing not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their …

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Obtaining Citizenship or Documenting Acquired Citizenship for Adopted Children

Bureau of Consular Affairs – US Department of State

The Office of Children’s Issues has received a high number of inquiries about whether individuals adopted through the intercountry process have …

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Nevada Child and Family Services

State of Nevada

Division of Child & Family Services. … Adoption in nevada banner … Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

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About Us – Holt International

Holt International

Considering adoption, but scared to take the next steps? Want to make a difference in the world, but you aren’t sure you can? Let the kids and families …

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Children’s social care

Hertfordshire County Council

Find children’s social services in Hertfordshire including child protection, fostering and adoption, young care leavers and the Safeguarding Children …

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The Joys (& Challenges) Of Adopting A Child As A Single Woman

Refinery29

There’s also adoption – a sometimes overlooked option available to anyone over the age of 21, which puts often vulnerable children into permanent …

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Massive reforms will make it easier for people to adopt vulnerable kids

Daily Telegraph

THE adoption of NSW children will be made easier under a massive reform that will require foster kids to be adopted within two years of entering the …

Editorial: New law reform will save kids most vulnerable – Daily Telegraph

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NSW Government’s adoption law changes to create a two-year deadline for re-homing

ABC News

Children in NSW’s foster care system would have to be placed in permanent homes within two years under new laws being proposed by the State …

Children who cannot be restored to their families deserve a permanent, safe and loving home – Daily Telegraph

Adoption process to be streamlined in NSW – The Australian

Changes to NSW adoption laws hope to break ‘vicious cycle’ – 2GB

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Adoption gives children a home with their great-grandmother

Monroe Evening News

On Oct. 4, 2017, Monroe County Probate Judge Cheryl E. Lohmeyer officially designated Williams the mother of her great-grandchildren. See related: …

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Pro-Life Couple Has Adopted Four Kids and Provided Foster Care for 65 Children

LifeNews.com

A way of life for many pro-lifers is providing foster care or choosing adoption. These are two wonderful options most people can use to give children a …

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2-child norm valid even if 3rd given for adoption: SC

Times of India

Scotching attempts by a tribal sarpanch in Odisha to step around the disqualification law by giving away one of his three children in adoption to comply …

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Wednesday’s Child: 6-Year-Old Shemar

CBS Boston

Freed for adoption, Shemar would do well in any family constellation with or without other children in the home. The ideal family will need to keep him …

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Nov. 17: Children’s Bureau Foster-Adoption Info Meeting in Valencia

SCVNEWS.com

The nonprofit Children’s Bureau will host an information meeting about fostering and adopting children and youth at the Bureau’s new office in …

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Children’s Museum to host HEART Gallery

Brownsville Herald

Portraits of individual children and sibling groups seeking adoption will be on display at 6 p.m. Nov.1 at the Children’s Museum of Brownsville for the …

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30 children to welcome new start on National Adoption Day

nwitimes.com

Thirty children will take their first step into a new life on National Adoption Day, a day where Lake County Juvenile Court is open to the public to …

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Call to help end children’s adoption wait in Wales

BBC News

One in five children who need placing in an adoptive home in Wales have been waiting for over a year, says the body responsible for overseeing the …

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This Life with Gracie: Is Georgia’s foster care system really in crisis?

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Nationally, an estimated 3,980 fewer children will be in foster care this year (439,020) than a year ago when the number totaled 443,000.

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Proud adoptive parents back drive to find forever homes for children in care

Belfast Telegraph

Figures released at the start of the Adoption Changes Lives initiative show that 3,000 children are currently in care across Northern Ireland.

National Adoption Week: Change a child’s life in West Sussex – Crawley News 24

National week of action calls for more Oldham adopters – Oldham Council (press release) (blog)

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Adopting children is about to get a lot smoother in the North East – here’s why

ChronicleLive

Development of the new service has been ongoing for over two years, including a consultation with adoptive children, families and birth parents …

South Tyneside adoption scheme to operate within regional service – Shields Gazette

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Judge strikes down Native American adoption law; Tribes plan to fight back

KOB

The 1978 law requires priority placement for Indian children put up for adoption to stay with Native American families, preferably the same tribe.

Alaska tribes, state officials denounce Indian Child Welfare Act ruling – Cordova Times

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Records: Tennessee mom who killed 4 adopted children raised children alone for 11 years

KOMO News

(WZTV) — A key part of the investigation into a quadruple murder-suicide is to figure out why Cynthia Collier chose to kill her four adopted children …

Records: Tennessee mom who killed 4 adopted children raised kids alone for 11 years – WZTV

Court documents share insight into family of four children killed – WSMV Nashville

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Adoption Is A Gift To Both Children And Families. More Must Be Done To Encourage This Important …

HuffPost UK

Adoption will always be for the few and not the many; foster carers provide loving homes for tens of thousands of children and kinship carers also …

Families needed to offer children ‘home for life’ – ITV News

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National Adoption Week: How adopting children changed the lives of this Portsmouth couple

The News

This week is National Adoption Week, and Portsmouth City Council is raising awareness of the need to recruit more adoptive families for children of all …

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Abusive parents risk losing adoption subsidies after change in state policy

DesMoinesRegister.com

New rules approved this month would allow the state to recoup adoption subsidies from parents who are abusing or not supporting children in their …

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National Adoption Week – can you give a child a home?

Powys County Times

Being part of a loving family is what most children take for granted. However, there are still children in Powys who are looking for a home of their own.

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AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The “zero-tolerance” crackdown ended in June, but hundreds of children remain in detention, shelters or foster care and U.S. officials say more than …

AP Investigation: Deported parents can lose custody of kids – ABC News

US foster parents sought custody after mom was deported – Herald-Whig

Deported parents may lose kids to adoption, AP investigation says – Winston-Salem Journal

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AP investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

The Denver Post

As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted …

AP INVESTIGATION: Deported Parents May Lose Children To Adoption – CBS Sacramento

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Court strikes down Native American adoption law, saying it discriminates against non-Native …

Washington Post

The landmark law governing adoptions of Native American children, designed to keep them within Native American families, has been struck down as …

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Texas judge strikes down adoption law to keep Native American children within tribe

The Independent

A landmark law designed to keep Native American children within Native American families, has been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal …

Texas judge deems Indian Child Welfare Act ‘unconstitutional’ – kfor.com

Texas Court Strikes Down ICWA Adoption Law – Fronteras: The Changing America Desk

40 years ago we stopped the practice of separating American Indian families. Let’s not reverse … – Brookings Institution (blog)

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‘Those Kids Are No Longer Yours’: An Investigation into Uganda’s Adoption Market

The Nation.

He then facilitated their adoption in America, in partnership with a US-based agency. The children had left Uganda in December 2013—months before …

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Deported Parents May Lose Their Kids Through Adoption

Scary Mommy

Deported parents, who are already heartbroken from being forced to separate from their children, are now losing their kids to families in the United …

Deported parents may lose kids to adoption without notification: investigation – PennLive.com

The Battle for Alexa: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption – Wisconsin Gazette

The AP reports: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption – KALW

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Kids Separated From Parents At The Border Could Be Put Up For Adoption

NewsChannel5.com

Migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border could be put up for adoption without their parents’ consent. That’s according to …

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Thousands Of Nevada Kids In Need Of Foster Homes

KNPR

In Clark County, about 3,000 children are in foster care, which is the bulk of the kids who need a home in the state of Nevada. Some children are …

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Indian adoption ruling in Texas has broader implications: Judge rules Indian Child Welfare Act …

Bemidji Pioneer

In a nutshell: the Indian Child Welfare Act asks states to place adopted or fostered American Indian children with, in order, other family members, …

Cherokee Nation vows to fight for ICWA in Texas adoption case similar to ‘Baby Veronica’ – Tulsa World

Cherokee Nation vows to fight for Indian Child Welfare Act in Texas adoption case similar to ‘Baby … – Tulsa World

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Children Separated From Deported Parents Could Be Adopted In The US

KUT

But in a recent investigation by the Associated Press, reporters discovered loopholes that could lead to deported parents losing their kids to adoption …

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THE LATEST: Young Children Forced To Appear In Court, Parents Could Lose Kids To Adoption

Democrats.org

The Trump administration claims it is reuniting families, but a new investigation shows that children could be sent into adoption without notifying their …

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Forever Home Run event in Bloomfield Hills seeks to match foster children with families

The Daily Tribune

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — At the Forever Home Run on Oct. 13, foster children will run beyond the finish line and—with a bit of luck—into the arms of …

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Bossier KIDS recognized as “Angels in Adoption”

KTBS

Bossier Parish, LA – Representative Mike Johnson , along with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, recognized Bossier KIDS as “Angels …

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Beto O’Rourke says that in Texas, you can be ‘too gay’ to adopt a foster child

PolitiFact

In this case, that would mean that a social service group that arranges adoptions could refuse to allow a gay couple to adopt a child through that group …

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Adopted daughter of retired Army officer set to be deported

ABC 12 News (press release)

LANSING, Kan. (AP) – (09/30/18) – The adopted daughter of a retired Army officer living in northeastern Kansas may soon be sent back to South Korea.

Adopted daughter of retired Army officer set to be deported – WIBW

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Calls for children’s rights to be recognised in review of ‘outdated’ adoption laws

TVNZ

The Adoption Act has different rules for those who want to adopt children, including single men, civil union partners, and anyone under the age of 25.

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Mothers get together to support each other during the adoption process

WDAY

“Adoptive kids come with more challenges – because you’re parenting someone else’s children. Sometimes they’re born with drug addiction, …

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Haiti – Politic : Workshops on the protection of vulnerable children and adoption

Haitilibre.com

As part of the 5th anniversary of the law reforming adoption, the Embassy of France in Haiti and the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR) …

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Where’s my baby? How Canada confronted the scandal of forced adoption

The Independent

Between 1945 and 1975, hundreds of thousands of unmarried Canadian women were forced to give up their children to adoptive parents.

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Adopted son reunites with birth parents after three decades, officiates at their wedding

La Crosse Tribune

The story of Dave Lindgren, Michele Newman and Martin Schmidt is the stuff of bestselling books and heartwarming movies. Lindgren would call it a …

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Be the Change: Helping foster kids find forever homes

KEVN Black Hills Fox

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (KEVN) – One organization wants to help children in foster care find their forever homes. This young girl remembers all too …

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Should I Have Biological Kids When I’m Adopted?

Adoption.Org

There are many avenues through which you can form your family. It can be through a biological family, or through adoption. Some happen through …

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Mud run benefits adopting families, orphaned children

KXII-TV

ADA, Okla. (KXII) Local nonprofit organization It’s A Child’s Life hosted its seventh annual Orphan Love Mud Run on Saturday. The purpose of the …

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Tusla challenged on refusing adoption of child to foster mother

Irish Examiner

A woman has launched a High Court challenge against a refusal by Tusla, the child and family agency, to consider her as an adoptive parent for a …

Foster mother takes Tusla to High Court over refusal to consider her as adoptive parent for child – thejournal.ie

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Wednesday’s Child: 12-Year-Old McKenzi

CBS Boston

Legally freed for adoption, McKenzi’s ideal family would consist of one or two moms, with no other children in the home. Her social worker believes …

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Agape places children into foster homes which guides youth, can lead to adoption

WKRC TV Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Agape was founded in 1989 in order to place children into foster homes which could guide and support youth in becoming …

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Lawsuit: Ankeny parents beat adopted children, locked them in basement

DesMoinesRegister.com

Ankeny parents JoAnn and Paul Drake are being sued by their adopted daughter, who accuses them of beating her and an adoptive brother and …

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Looking Back: Children’s Home opened in 1901 to foster children

Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Elizabeth Hazelton was born in upstate New York in 1829. She married Edmund Bixby, a civil engineer in 1851. Charles, their only child, was born in …

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Congress Turns Back Anti-LGBTQ Adoption Amendment

Advocate.com

It “also required states to allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny a broad range of child welfare services to foster children based on religious …

Anti-gay adoption amendment removed from appropriations bill – Metro Weekly

Faith-Based Discrimination Bill Stripped from House Appropriations – The Chronicle of Social Change

US Congress blocks anti-gay adoption plan – PinkNews

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Lack of volunteers is hurting children in Arizona’s foster-care system

AZCentral.com

Each of the 15,869 children in Arizona’s foster-care system are supposed to have an advocate, someone who fills a role somewhere between friend …

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Judge’s ruling may force Kansas Army officer’s adopted Korean daughter to leave US

Kansas City Star

A retired Kansas Army officer has lost his fight in federal court over his adopted daughter’s citizenship status, meaning she may have to return to her …

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Congressman recognizes West Plains couple for child, adoption efforts

Ozark Radio News

WASHINGTON — A West Plains couple have been recognized by their local congressman for their efforts in improving the lives of at-risk kids around …

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Adoption

Together We Rise

Is it Expensive ? It not as expensive as you think and the end result will change your life. Foster Care to Adopt. Check out our foster care information …

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Adopting from foster care is not as scary as you might think!

Family Story – AdoptUSKids

Michelle and Christina Forsmo-Shadid knew they wanted to have children. But they weren’t sure that adopting from foster care would be the right path …

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Let the Foster and Adopted Children Come to Me

ChristianityToday.com

The needs of foster children and those who have been adopted from the care system are often very different from the needs of other children in your …

15000 children are waiting to find a foster family in Spain – Evangelical Focus

OIG: Some States Fail to Manage Foster Kids’ Meds – MedPage Today

Child welfare strained – Florida Weekly

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Wednesday’s Child: Interested in adoption?

KXLY Spokane

Every week on kxly4 news, we bring you the story of a child in foster care who needs an adoptive family. This week’s Wednesday’s Child is for all of …

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Adoption decisions not made ‘hastily’, research finds

Aberdeen Evening Express

Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making …

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‘They’re the best thing I ever had,’ teen says about new parents in emotional adoption-day video

ABC News

The brothers’ adoption became official on Aug. 13, 2018, and … Over the course of just a few years, they’ve had 14 children stay with them. Cozad told …

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Wednesday’s Child: Brothers Sean & Aiden

CBS Boston

Sean and Aiden are legally free for adoption and their social worker is open to exploring all interested families. Sean and Aiden have a biological Aunt …

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A story of adoption and children with special needs to highlight the work of Sparrow’s Vine

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

SEELEY LAKE – “His story had me on an emotional roller coaster. One minute you’re laughing and the next crying,” recalled Sparrow’s Vine Executive …

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Letter: Ending adoption mostly hurts children

Buffalo News

Bishop Richard Malone is shutting down the Catholic Charities adoption and foster care program because the church finds same-sex marriage worse …

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Have Any Of The Duggars Adopted? There Are Quite A Few Children In The Family Now

Romper

Most people who are at all aware of the Duggar family know that there are a lot of people in it. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Arkansas had 19 …

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Scotland’s young children face a three-year wait for adoption

The National

She added: “For those children where adoption is the most appropriate option, there is no evidence that this decision is taken hastily in Scotland.

Study finds children in Scotland are waiting for years to be adopted – HeraldScotland

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Spotsylvania couple have opened their home to almost 80 foster kids in 20 years

Fredericksburg.com

They ended up adopting five, to add to their three biological children—even …. The Schraders know that two of their former foster kids are in jail or …

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Children + Family

Social Work Today

Grandparents of Children With Autism — Support, Caregiving, Advocacy · Russian Adoptions — Lessons for Social Workers · Pregnant and …

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High School Sweethearts Marry After Finding Biological Son Put Up for Adoption Nearly 40 Years …

Inside Edition

Today, she’s rekindled her romance with her high school sweetheart, Dave Lindgren, 55, and reconnected with their biological son, whom she gave …

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Hemet beauty queen will work to help foster children during her time as Mrs. International

Press-Enterprise

The pageant allows her to spread the word about the needs of children in foster care. She has been involved with an Orange County-based nonprofit …

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This 18-year-old ignored her friends and chose adoption over abortion

Aleteia EN

In fact, they were proud of Kelly, who has an adopted younger sister, when she announced that she wanted to make an adoption plan for her child.

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GOP lawmaker suggests orphanages better for children than gay adoption

The Hill

J.) suggested orphanages are better for children than gay adoption during an event at a New Jersey high school, according to an audio tape released …

Did Congressman Chris Smith Say Children Waiting to Be Adopted Would Be Better Off in an … – Newsweek

NJ Republican Under Fire For Comments About LGBTQ Adoption [UPDATED] – Splinter

Chris Smith to Colts Neck students: Orphanages are alternative to gay adoption, per report – Asbury Park Press

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Children face adoption ‘postcode lottery’

LocalGov

Children going into care face a postcode lottery for the opportunity to stay with relatives, a family law firm has found. A freedom of information request …

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Taken from their homes, foster kids need a stable adult. You?

Merced Sun-Star

A cornerstone of healthy development is stability. A child experiences safety and support knowing they will return to the same home every day, have …

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Reading adoption charity has helped find forever homes for almost 500 children

In Your Area

A charity that helps “vulnerable and traumatised children to find forever families” has been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award. Family support …

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Illegal adoption rackets thrive, leave children in jeopardy

The New Indian Express

TIRUCHY: Childless couples, too impatient to adopt children legally, are turning to illegal means of adoption. But the process is not safe and can put …

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‘Adopted into the family of God’: Van Buren family fostered 65 children over 22 years

The Pathway

VAN BUREN – There are few people in this world who have hearts as big as Ron and Terri Robinson. In 40 years of marriage, Ron followed his …

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Number of children in Kentucky foster care at record high

WLKY Louisville

The number of children in Kentucky foster care continues to grow at a record pace. As of Sept. 2, records from the state’s Department of Community …

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adoption and foster care

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As foster care roll swells, state officials look to the home

Moultrie Observer

Jeff Lukich, who is the chief of staff for the state Division of Family and Children Services, talks about the number of children in foster care in Georgia.

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Marshallese Families Fall Prey to Adoption Misconduct

KARK

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Sharing is a big part of Marshallese culture. But we’re not just talking about food and clothing. It even applies to children.

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Runs in the Family

ESPN

With her parents’ blessing, Briggs had decided that when the child was born, she would put him up for adoption. “My mother was still cleaning up my …

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Sunrise breached racial contempt rules with Indigenous children discussion – watchdog

The Guardian

… on the basis of race when it aired an all-white panel discussing the adoption of Indigenous children and child abuse, the media watchdog has ruled.

Sunrise breached broadcasting rules in Indigenous adoption coverage, watchdog rules – MuMbrella

Seven breaches code over Sunrise segment on indigenous children – NEWS.com.au

Sunrise pinged over controversial ‘stolen generation’ segment – The Sydney Morning Herald

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Searching for a family, lifelong foster child finds home with Mercedes couple

Valley morning Star

CPS first looks for relatives willing to take in the children. If that isn’t a feasible option, foster parents may adopt the child. For almost a year the …

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There is no adoption agency in Tiruchi

The Hindu

In the absence of adoption agency in Tiruchi, abandoned children are being sent to other districts where organisations comply with CARA (Central …

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Johnjay Van Es dedicates career to dogs, foster children

San Tan Sun News

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski, Staff. Johnjay Van Es paced nervously inside Grimaldi’s in Old Town Scottsdale. He and his 104.7 KISS FM morning …

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The heartbreaking time parentless children in Birmingham have to wait to find a family

Birmingham Live

Parentless children in Birmingham have to wait almost a year to find an adoptive family – well above the national average. The average time between …

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SWAN helps kids find loving homes

The Wyoming County Examiner

Representatives from the State-Wide Adoption Permanency Network were on hand at the Wyoming County Community Fair this week, providing …

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How Many Kids Are In Foster Care? The Number Is Alarmingly High

Romper

Unless you have some personal experience with foster care, you’re probably not particularly aware of how the system works… or doesn’t work.

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Son, Placed for Adoption, Leads Birth Parents to Altar 36 Years Later

New York Times

Martin Schmidt knew from a young age he was adopted, but he didn’t seek out his biological parents until he was about to have children of his own.

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Childhood trauma brings its own health problems for foster families

Washington Post

“Raise your hand if you think every child deserves a loving home,” the social worker said. She held up a photo of five brothers and sisters, …

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Children in Bihar adoption centres locked in washrooms, verbally abused: Report

Hindustan Times

Trapped in a world of silence, some children living in Bihar’s Specialised Adoption Agencies don’t speak at all because they have no one to talk to, …

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Hart family crash: Investigators will ask Texas court for adoption records

OregonLive.com

Investigators are still piecing together what happened before a coastal California crash that killed Jennifer and Sarah Hart and their adopted children …

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Pope denounces forced adoptions of Irish children born to unwed mothers

Chicago Tribune

They said the Argentine pope understood well their plight, given Argentina’s own history of forced adoptions of children born to purported leftists …

Pope apologizes for ‘crimes’ against Irish women, babies – Washington Post

The Latest: Pope denounces Ireland’s forced adoptions – Fox News

The Latest: Pope: parents of gay kids shouldn’t condemn them – Washington Post

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John McCain’s Adopted Children: Bridget, Doug & Andrew

Heavy.com

The late Senator John McCain left behind seven children. Of those children, three – Douglas, Andrew and Bridget McCain – are adopted.

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America Soured on My Multiracial Family

The Atlantic

There are three fundamental, complicating truths about adoption. First …. In the years since we brought our daughter home, overseas adoption has …

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Local couple finalize adoption of three sons

Gloversville Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE — Families can be formed in many ways. Regardless of their origins, the connection between parents and their children is instantly …

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‘Parents’ ready, but not enough kids for adoption

The New Indian Express

Statistics with SARA say against 1,247 applications received till August 30, only 84 children were available for adoption in state.

Nagaland among first States to start linkage child adoption – Nagaland Post

‘Nagaland stepping out of customary to legal adoption’ – Morung Express

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Children battle hunger, isolation, verbal abuse at Bihar’s adoption centres: Report

Deccan Chronicle

New Delhi: Trapped in a world of silence, some children living in Bihar’s Specialised Adoption Agencies don’t speak at all because they have no one …

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A champion of foster children in need of permanent families

Christian Science Monitor

Those aging out of the foster care system can face myriad challenges. Ken Mullner has been a key figure in efforts to make sure that every child’s …

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Love and Star Wars unite Seminole couple with adoptive children

Orlando Sentinel

It’s not every day you get Darth Vader to show up at a courthouse adoption ceremony. He does, after all, have a spotty track record as a dad.

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Washoe County sets single month record for number of children adopted

FoxReno.com

“Adoption Day is a momentous occasion when a judge signs the document legally binding a child and parent to become a family. It’s a privilege for our …

142 children have been adopted out of foster care in Washoe County in 2018 – Reno Gazette Journal

Adoption numbers on the rise in Washoe County – KOLO

Washoe County Sets Single Month Record for Number of Kids Adopted – KTVN

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Loving the little children

The Northwest Florida Daily News

For young children, removal from a parent, even a poor one, is a traumatic occurrence. With over 19,000 foster kids in Florida, there is a huge number …

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Why did it take a child’s death to reveal adoption system failings?

The Guardian

These flaws can lead to vulnerable children being rushed into unsuitable adoptions, and then pushed back into care once the adoption breaks down.

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Adoption saga: Americans forced to return Ugandan children

Daily Monitor (press release) (blog)

The NGO is allegedly using intimidation and threats to get the parents to rescind their consent to adoption of their children and have the children …

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Relatives get $600 less than foster parents to care for a child. Should that change?

AZCentral.com

Ceci Soto took in her two little nieces after the state removed them from her sister’s care. She didn’t want the girls living in a foster home with a stranger …

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End of Catholic Charities’ adoption, foster care ripples through community

Buffalo News

Catholic Charities foster children will stay with their families, who must find a new foster agency to work with, and prospective adoptive parents will …

Catholic Charity Ends Adoptions Rather Than Place Kid With Same-Sex Couple – Daily Beast

Catholic Family Center ‘studying’ adoption policies after controversy in Buffalo – 13WHAM-TV

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Ends Adoption, Foster Services to Avoid Placing Kids With Gay Couples – Christian Post

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River Cities Church promotes adoption, foster help

Huntington Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — No other state has more children in foster care per capita than West Virginia with now nearly 7,000 children in the state system …

Huntington church holds panel for adoption and foster care – WSAZ-TV

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Catholic Charities ending foster care, adoption program over state’s same-sex marriage rule

Buffalo News

The state requires contracting organizations to allow same-sex couples to adopt or to raise foster children. That directive, however, goes against the …

Catholic Charities to phase out foster care, adoption services over state’s same-sex adoption rule – WIVB-TV News 4

Catholic Charities phasing out foster care and adoption services – WKBW-TV

Catholic Charities ending foster care and adoption services – WGRZ.com

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KY FACES

ky.gov

For those children who cannot return home, adoption provides them with a permanent family to call their own. Foster and adoptive parents are a …

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Institute of Open Adoption Studies

The University of Sydney

Open adoption recognises there is often a benefit for children when both their birth and adoptive families remain in contact with each other after an …

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