“The Second Empire 5K Classic included a competitive and non-competitive 5K run/walk, a one-mile recreational run/walk sponsored by A Child’s Hope and a kids’ dash. To raise awareness of the adoption process, the event also included an expo with North Carolina-based adoption agencies and supporting organizations on hand to speak with participants.” [Source: 24-7PressRelease]This was the tenth year for the Empire Classic, which benefits different community organizations each year.
“A child protection agency took the couple to court after they submitted an application in Catania, eastern Sicily, saying they were ‘prepared to take in up to two children… regardless of sex or religion, but… not dark skin.’” [Source: Agence France-Presse]The magistrate who reviews adoption applications was told by a court to ignore the “dark skin” request, but that same court later denied the couple’s application altogether, saying that such a “racist” couple shouldn’t be allowed to adopt at all.
Parents … say they only later learned that the children had been adopted by Americans and sent abroad without permission. … In 2004, the center’s director and two of his employees were arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate adoption laws. [Source: The Associated Press]Those charges were eventually dropped and the case didn’t receive any more attention for over five years. Then, just last month, parents of the missing children began demanding answers. The case has been re-opened and the government is launching a full investigation. No estimate has been given for when parents can expect to receive answers about what happened to their children.
The Assembly Human Services Committee approved the bill by a 6-0 vote with four abstentions after five hours of sometimes emotional testimony. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has said she supports the measure and will post it for a floor vote in the Assembly ... [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer]The bill has already been passed by the New Jersey Senate, but Governor Christie hasn’t indicated whether he’d sign it into law if it passes the Assembly as well.
The trip left him longing to help an orphaned youngster – and the star admits he and fiancée Ayda Field are now considering adoption. He says, "I went with UNICEF and it is by far the worst place I’ve ever visited. I wanted to adopt straight away." [Source: ContactMusic.com]It’s a sentiment shared by hundreds of people, who have flooded adoption agencies with inquiries about adopting kids from Haiti. In an effort to ensure kids’ safety, however, the Haitian Government enacted new procedures for existing adoption cases, and announced a temporary moratorium on new adoption requests.
When they were in court, the judge asked a lot of questions. … Some questions were more challenging. Joshua Ganzevoort recalls, "They asked us some questions about how we would raise him, and where he’s living, and what we thought about the lady who sent back the child.” [Source: WZZM 13 – Grand Rapids, MI]Despite the added scrutiny, the Ganzevoort’s adoption was approved, and their new son – Eman – has returned with them to Michigan. The family is preparing to celebrate his first birthday.
“But a new law that came into force in October means children who have spent more than six months in institutions and have not been taken back by their parents can now be put up for adoption, without the parents’ approval.” [Source: Agence France Presse (AFP)]Bulgaria has one of the highest rates of child abandonment in the European Union. An estimated 6,700 children are currently being cared for in state-run institutions, many of them placed there by parents who can’t afford to care for them. Of those, less than 700 were adopted in 2009, mostly due to un-relinquished parental rights.
“Pavel Astakhov, a lawyer representing Russia in talks aimed at renewing adoptions, said that a breakthrough occurred after U.S. negotiators gave in to Russia’s demand that the accord be retroactive so that it protects children already adopted… Astakhov said that the new agreement will set up a number of licensed agencies that will have the right to assist potential adoptive parenting in finding a child. All adoptions through unaccredited middlemen will be banned, he said.” [Source: Associated Press]In addition, adoptive parents will be required to undergo training in how to deal with adoption-related challenges. Children will also be monitored in their home environments. The agreement would apply to children adopted from and to both countries. There’s no indication when the details will be finalized.
“You see, fatherhood isn’t a blood right nor is it an entitlement. The title ‘father’ is one that must be worked at, and ultimately, it is one that must be earned. And for those of us fortunate enough to have grown up with a father [who] invested in our lives, we must ensure we work to develop the same or an even stronger bond with our own children.” [Source: Chillicothe (OH) Gazette]On Father’s Day, and every other day of the year, we remember and honor dads who teach us that fatherhood is a choice.