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School genealogy projects

School genealogy projects

All adoptive parents know that  there will one day be a school project that will demand something we can’t produce — a baby picture, a family tree that is simple and clean or a DNA experiment that will show that family members are related. Christine Mitchell has written a wonderful free resource for dealing with […]

By March 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Can singles adopt?

Can singles adopt?

Debbie Driessen-Grika is a social worker with more than 20 years’ experience working in the US and abroad. In her role as a partner with American Adoption Professionals Abroad, Debbie has traveled to more than 25 countries to provide home study reports for expat families who want to adopt. She spoke with While Abroad about […]

By March 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Book Review: The Colors of Us

Book Review: The Colors of Us

The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz is about a little girl the color of cinnamon, whose artist mother teaches her that there are many shades of brown and all are beautiful. Lena’s mother, who is the color of French toast, explains colors to her daughter by talking a walk through their diverse neighborhood. As […]

By March 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Older Child Foster Care Adoptions

By March 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
US warns of Adoptions in Ghana

US warns of Adoptions in Ghana

The Government of Ghana claims it has suspended all adoption cases, including intercountry adoptions, pending Ghana’s review of its current adoption procedures. Despite this ban, some adoptions are being processed and children are being granted a visa to enter countries, including the United States. The alert about the suspension of adoptions issued by Ghana provides information […]

By October 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Good news for Australian children

Good news for Australian children

NSW parents whose legal adoptions are finalized overseas will be able to obtain NSW birth certificates for their children under new laws to be introduced soon to State Parliament. Attorney General, Greg Smith SC, and Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, said the Government was seeking changes to the law to give children […]

By October 1, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Europeans Adopting Americans

Europeans Adopting Americans

As the number of international adoptions decrease, there is one country in which there has been an increase in infants being adopted internationally — the US. Europeans are adopting African American babies in higher numbers than ever. An adoption attorney said:  ’The Dutch families were just interested in adopting an infant. The color of the child’s […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
DRC Suspends Exit Permits for Adoptees

DRC Suspends Exit Permits for Adoptees

This alert updates the US Department of State’s May 2 adoption alert regarding the suspension of issuance of exit permits to adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents. On September 27, the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (Direction Generale d’Immigration, DGM) informed the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Raising a child with RAD

  The mother of Julia recently wrote a book and an article for a magazine describing her experiences raising her daughter, who she adopted at 8 months from an orphanage in Siberia. Her goal in the article and the second video above is to help convince the Russian government to reopen adoptions to Americans. Her […]

By September 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Series about re-homing

Series about re-homing

I don’t believe most people in the US adopt internationally or anywhere for that matter without having the best intentions of loving the child and providing a healthy, happy forever home. But a series of articles by Reuters uncovers a big problem in the adoption world in the US and possibly outside of it. The […]

By September 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →