Adoption in the News
5/24/2012: “Cambodia’s Orphan Business,” Al Jazeera English
From Al Jazeera English: “Between the 1970s and 1990s, Cambodia was ravaged by civil war. Since its return to peace there has been a boom in tourism with over two million visitors every year. Keen to help this war-torn country, increasing numbers of tourists are now also working as volunteers. Most come with the very best of intentions - to work in schools and orphanages, filling a gap left by a lack of development funding. But, inadvertently, well-intentioned volunteers have helped to create a surge in the number of residential care homes as impoverished parents are tempted into giving up their...
5/15/2012: “Guatemala mom to ask US court help on adopted girl “
Another update in the Karen Abigail case: “A Guatemalan mother who says her child was stolen and later turned over to a U.S. couple for adoption said Tuesday that she will go to a Missouri court seeking to get her daughter back now that the U.S. State Department has said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to help return the girl…” Read the full article here:
5/14/2012: “Guatemala: US gov’t says it won’t return adopted girl who was snatched from Guatemalan mother,” Associated Press
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. This article (which was published in Spanish as well as in the shortened English version linked below) says the following: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “A Guatemalan official says the U.S. government has said it won’t return a girl adopted after being snatched from her Guatemalan mother in 2006, because the two countries had not signed...
5/14/2012: “EE.UU. no devolverá a niña guatemalteca adoptada irregularmente,” ElPeriódico
There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. The article says this: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez. “Un funcionario guatemalteco que el gobierno de Estados Unidos ha dicho que no devolverá a una niña que fue adoptada después de que fue arrebatada de su madre en Guatemala en 2006, debido a que ambos países no habían firmado para entonces la Convención de La Haya...
5/12/2012: “International adoptions drop amid fraud crackdowns,” Associated Press
A new AP piece on the trend of a decrease in international adoptions: “The number of international adoptions has fallen to its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more children with domestic families. Globally, the number of orphans being adopted by foreign parents dropped from a high of 45,000 in 2004 to an estimated 25,000 last year, according to annual statistics compiled by Peter Selman, an expert on international adoptions at Britain’s Newcastle University.” Read the full article here:“...
5/11/2012: “The Stolen Makeni Children,” Slate
E.J. Graff has a new piece in, continuing her coverage of the Makeni children. Her previous 3-part investigation can be read by clicking here. “Were Samuel Mosley and Adama K. stolen from their birth families in Makeni, Sierra Leone so that Americans could adopt them—and so that greedy middlemen masquerading as child welfare workers could get paid? That question was at the heart of the series published here last August, The Makeni Children, which investigated the torturously complex stories of 29 adoptions in 1998 from Sierra Leone to the United States. Birth families from Makeni had agitated for more than...
5/8/2012: “Sierra Leone parents support adoption inquiry,” Associated Press
A new Associated Press article by Clarence Roy-Macauley: “Parents in Sierra Leone who claim their children were adopted without their permission in the late 90s said they support the government’s decision to order a police investigation that could lead to criminal charges. In a statement read by coordinator Abu Bakarr Kargbo, the parents of the 29 children also called on the police and government to look into whether more children were adopted without proper consent.” Read the full story: ...
4/29/2012: “NGO’s ask Supreme Court to ban intercountry adoption,” The Indian Express
A piece by Mayura Janwalkar in the April 29, 2012 edition of the Indian Express details a request to ban intercountry adoption. Read the full piece here:
4/15/2012: “¿Adopción Legal?” Noticias Caracol
The next part in the Noticias Caracol series examining international adoption in Colombia: “Conozca la historia de Steven, un niño adoptado por holandeses y que según sus padres biológicos, residentes en Colombia, se hizo sin su consentimiento.”(Discover the story of Steven, a child whose biological Colombian parents say they did not consent to his adoption by Dutch citizens. Link to story:
4/13/2012: “Baby trafficking bazaar unearthed in Uttar Pradesh, India,” FirstPost
An excerpt from a new video story by staff: “In a shocking story of child trafficking and exploitation of the poor, a sting operation carried out by CNN-IBN and Cobrapost, has uncovered a “baby bazaar” in a government hospital in UP, where babies were being stolen from poor parents and sold to the highest bidder. And everyone – from doctors to nurses to midwives and even child welfare authorities seem to be involved.” Read the full article here:
4/12/2012: “Indiana couple pleads guilty in baby-trafficking case,”
An article in Indiana’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph details a foiled attempt to purchase an American baby: “An Indiana couple has pleaded guilty to arranging to buy a 4-month-old baby from the child’s natural parents for $13,000 and drugs. Stephen P. Lynch, 32, and his wife, Melissa Lynch, 35, of Kokomo, Ind., admitted their involvement in the baby-selling scheme Wednesday as part of a plea-bargain arrangement.” Read the full article here:
4/12/2012: “Guatemala acuerda agilizar adopciones pedidas,” Prensa Libre
The AP and Guatemala’s Prensa Libre report that Guatemalan President Pérez Molina has agreed to accelerate the pending transition adoption cases, some of which have been “in process” since 2007.  ”La senadora Mary Landrieu y yo nos reunimos con la procuraduría de derechos humanos y esperamos resolver los 350 casos que se habían aprobado antes de la nueva ley”, dijo el presidente Otto Pérez Molina durante una conferencia de prensa. Hay 428 niños guatemaltecos por quienes familias estadounidenses habían iniciado gestiones antes de la nueva ley del 2007, que implementó el Consejo Nacional de Adopciones como entidad que centraliza todos...
4/12/2012: “Nun refuses to testify in Spain’s stolen babies scandal,” World News
An excerpt from a new piece on the Spanish baby-trafficking scandal: “An elderly Spanish nun appeared in court on Thursday to face charges of stealing babies, after claims by hundreds of women that their infants were taken from them at birth and given away in illegal adoptions. Doctors, nurses and religious workers at several clinics and hospitals in Spain are alleged to have sold babies for adoption over decades, after telling new mothers that their infants had died.” Read the full article:–nun-refuses-to-testify-in-spain-s-stolen-babies-scandal...
4/8/2012: “La Otra Cara de la Adopción,” Noticias Caracol (video)
The first of a two-part series on adoption in Colombia, by journalist María Lucía Fernández: “Son miles los extranjeros que llegan a Colombia para adoptar niños. “Séptimo día” investigó y encontró los errores que a menudo se cometen en estos procesos.” (There are thousands of foreigners who arrive in Colombia to adopt children. “Seventh Day” invetsigates and finds the errors they commit in this process.) The link to the full piece is here:
4/4/2012: “Niños ‘made in Colombia,’” Noticias Caracol
A new video clip describes adoption corruption in Colombia, widely known in the US as having a “clean” adoption industry. “Este especial revelará cómo algunas familias son despojadas de sus hijos, que luego son dados en adopción a extranjeros.” (This special reveals how some families are separated from their children, who later are given in adoption to foreigners.) Link to full article:
3/21/2012: “How A Heavily-Pregnant Hostage Smashed A Greek Baby-Trafficking Ring,” Global Post
A new piece by Amy Silverstein for Global Post. An excerpt: One woman got kidnapped, escaped the kidnappers and then helped police bust a baby trafficking ring, all while she was in her third trimester of pregnancy. The 31-year-old woman came from Bulgaria to Greece during her eighth month of pregnancy, Athens News reported. Read the full piece here:
3/15/2012: “‘These women didn’t know their options’: Ontario urged to consider inquiry into coerced adoptions,” The National Post
Canada’s The National Post has an article today by Kathryn Blaze Carlson, which examines coerced adoptions in Ontario, Canada. An excerpt: “Ontario’s NDP urged the Dalton McGuinty government Wednesday to look at launching an inquiry into the province’s historic adoption practices in the wake of accusations from women who say they were coerced by social agencies, medical workers and churches into giving up their children. “I would urge the Minister of Children and Youth Services in Ontario to give serious consideration to calls for an inquiry, and to listen carefully to the views of groups representing those who have been...
3/11/2012: “‘Evil’ Kiwi sold white designer children,”
Reporter Phil Vine from New Zealand media outlet TV New Zealand with a more detailed story on the New Zealand woman who was selling “designer” babies to American couples: “Selling genetically engineered designer babies ended with a jail term for a New Zealand woman. TVNZ reporter Phil Vine reports from San Diego. An empty Starbucks cup in one hand, a picture of her dead baby in the other, Kim waits outside the Federal Courthouse in San Diego. She is watching out for New Zealander Carla Chambers…” Click here to read the full piece:
3/11/2012: “Woman sentenced in SoCal baby scam,” UPI
A piece on the UPI newswire talks about the sentencing of a New Zealand woman by a San Diego judge for involvement in an illegal surrogacy ring that created and sold white babies to American parents: SAN DIEGO, March 11 (UPI) – A U.S. judge sentenced a New Zealand national to prison for her role in a baby trafficking ring that peddled the unborn children of surrogate mothers. Carla Chambers, 52, was convicted in San Diego federal court of recruiting surrogate moms in the United States and then selling the parental rights to new parents through an adoption attorney. Read the...
3/7/2012: “Tenn. Mom Who Sent Boy to Russia Must Pay Support,” ABC News
A new development in the case of the Tennessee woman who placed her adopted Russian son on a plane back to Russia with a note in his backpack: she’s been sentenced to pay child support. ABC News picked up the story from Associated Press reporter Kristin M. Hall: A judge in Tennessee has ruled that an American woman must pay child support for the adopted son she sent back to Russia. Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell approved a motion on Wednesday for default judgment against Torry Hansen, who has repeatedly failed to appear in court and at depositions. Read the...
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