Severe Abuse of Adopted Children

In response to troubling issues identified by the Office of the Family and Children’s Ombudsman (OFCO) concerning cases of severe child abuse and neglect of adopted children, Washington state Governor Gregoire requested that Children’s Administration (CA) and OFCO convene a workgroup to examine these issues and make recommendations to improve the adoption process and protect children. Members of the workgroup represent various professions and organizations including: Children’s Administration; private child placing agencies who conduct domestic and ...

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International Adoption’s Trafficking Problem

From the Harvard Political Review: International adoptions have an illustrious façade, conjuring images of couples saving a hungry, orphaned child and living happily ever. While imagining international adoptions as a corrupt business is abhorrent, connections to child trafficking have recently arisen. Accordingly, the State Department reports that though Americans adopted 22,991 international children in 2004, the implementation of The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption brought about a precipitous drop to 9,319 adoptions in 2011. Over the past decade, Western ...

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US Human Rights Violation: Kairi Sheperd

Indian girl Kairi Sheperd was adopted by an American woman 30 years ago, but she is now a homeless and a stateless international orphan. Even though Kairi was legally adopted 30 years ago when she was 3 months old, the United States wants to dump Kairi on India, claiming that she was never properly adopted. A quirk in US law denies Kairi the right to become a US citizen even though she was legally adopted under US law. India's robust press, TIMES NOW's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, debates the issue with Dr. Michelle Harrison, founder, Shishur Sevay, Anjali Pawar, ...

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Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2002 Census Special Report

Check out this Census report on the number of adopted children and stepchildren. The numbers are surprising. Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2000 - Census 2000 Special Report

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