International adoptions have dropped 72 percent since 2005 – here’s why
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Mark Montgomery, Grinnell College and Irene Powell, Grinnell College
Parents adopting children to see higher fees, new rules
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government has raised fees and made a series of regulatory changes recently for American families adopting children overseas, fueling resentment toward the State Department among agencies who fear further reductions in the already dwindling number of foreign adoptions.
The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents has plummeted steadily since a peak of 22,884 in 2004. The total for the 2016 fiscal year was 5,372, a decrease of more than 76 percent.
Olympics draw Korean adoptees as South Korea confronts past
When Megan Olson lands in South Korea for the Winter Olympics next week, she'll feel something that is both surreal and vivid.
An intoxicating sense of belonging.
A deep sense of loss.
Pride, for the motherland she barely knows after being secretly adopted away.
The 33-year-old social worker from Minnesota is joining dozens of fellow South Korean adoptees who are returning to their birth country for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The state has sued an Ohio-based international adoption agency for allegedly misleading clients and taking payment for services not provided.
The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the lawsuit against European Adoption Consultants and owner Margaret Cole was filed Thursday in a Cuyahoga County court. It alleges Cole and the Strongsville-based agency violated Ohio's consumer protection and charitable laws and seeks restitution for clients and dissolution of the agency.
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped almost 5 percent last year, continuing a steady decline that's now extended for 12 years, according to new State Department figures.
Embracing a new life: From orphanage in China to Louisiana
WESTLAKE, La. (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, Xiao (pronounced SHEE-ow) Nan, 12, was living in an orphanage in China. After arriving at the home of Michael and Katie Manuel of Westlake, she embraced life in Southwest Louisiana and developed a fondness for gumbo.
The Manuel family hosted Xiao, who has Down syndrome, for several weeks with the goal of helping her find a permanent home with an adoptive family in the U.S. But the Manuel family decided to adopt her.
- Globe NewswireTips for International Adoption on World Adoption DaySeptember 17, 2018
- Watertown Daily TimesOconomowoc adoptive family recognizedNovember 14, 2018
- Houston ChronicleRun4TheChildren benefits those seeking to adopt childrenOctober 29, 2018