Category: United States

Adoption Lobby Alert: Ambassador Susan Jacobs on re-opening international adoption from Romania

15 December 2015 Source: http://www.mediafax.ro Reporter: There were some discussions in 2001 when Romania closed intercountry adoption, regarding certain pressures that have been made on closing Romania on international adoptions as a condition for joining the European Union. Susan Jacobs: I heard the same thing. Reporter: Why do you think this happened? Susan Jacobs: I think… Read more »

Congo clears the way for 72 adoptions after 2-year wait

Source: http://www.cnsnews.com By the Associated Press | November 2, 2015 | 10:35 AM EST KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s government cleared the way Monday for dozens of children to join their adoptive families abroad after more than two years of waiting, though a further 1,000 others will have to remain in orphanages for now. Fourteen of… Read more »

Adoption or trafficking? Fears grow for Uganda’s ‘orphans’

Source: http://www.globalpost.com Agence France-Presse on Oct 5, 2015 @ 5:04 AM When Agatha Namusisi, 64, let her grandson leave Uganda for medical treatment abroad, she assumed he would return, but more than a year later she says he has disappeared. “They are nowhere to be seen,” Namusisi said of the seven-year old boy and his Ugandan… Read more »

Adoption Lobby Alert: Child Trafficking in Uganda: critical times!

2 September 2015 ACT received through the grapevine a serious Adoption Lobby Alert.  We share it here, as it is seems to be a critical time in Uganda. Adoption agencies are throwing money around to try and keep the business going. From a trusted source: Reports out of Uganda are indicating that the US Embassy… Read more »

Gay couple in hiding with baby

Source: http://www.bangkokpost.com Legal limbo after surrogate mum refused to sign over child Published: 5/07/2015 at 06:30 AM Newspaper section: News As storm clouds started brewing over Thailand’s surrogacy industry last year, a familiar sense of dread settled over Gordon Lake. It wasn’t the first time the 41-year-old and his husband, Manuel Santos Valero, had found themselves… Read more »

JCICS, US Adoption Trade Organisation closure confirmed!

Yesss! Confirmed! We saw it announced. ACT checked at the base. For those wondering who organised the yearlong “leaks” of JCICS documents, we admit: it was ACT. ACT regularly checked the JCICS website, and sloppy as they were, they often left their archive doors wide open.  For example, here their mailings to members. Read it… Read more »

The road to recovery: A year after adopting two special-needs orphans, the Schildbachs of Leverett are seeing the fruits of their love

Source: http://www.gazettenet.com By PETE REDINGTON Staff Writer Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Eyes barely open, 7-year-old Anelia “Nellie” Schildbach stood at the piano the other day, listening intently as her fingers explored the keyboard. She rocked her head back and forth as her hands moved fluidly across the flat white and protruding black keys: middle C, F… Read more »

Foreign Adoptions by Americans Drop to Lowest Level Since 1982

Source: http://www.wsj.com State Department data show 6,441 children were adopted from abroad in fiscal 2014, down from about 23,000 in 2004 By Miriam Jordan 31 March 2015 Dawn and Jesse Seltrecht filed paperwork to adopt a Chinese baby in 2007. More than eight years later, they are still waiting. “China had the most secure program… Read more »

World Tends to Reject Child Adoption by US Citizens –Russian Ombudsman

Source: http://sputniknews.com © Sputnik/ Alexander Utkin Russia, 19.02.2015 Over the period 2005–2014 there had been no or almost no US adoptions from such countries as Argentina, Cambodia, Moldova, Nepal, Ghana, Rwanda and Vietnam, Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights said. MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anastasia Levchenko — More and more countries around the world are following a trend… Read more »