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 Australia

Adoption: An Asian girl reconnects with her roots
www.sbs.com.au www.sbs.com.au
On a quest to trace her birth mother, adoptee Olivia Bethke travelled to Seoul and began with the phone book. She hasn't yet found her mother but knows exactly what she'll say if she does.
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Articles: Australia, Korea, South


Adoption: One man's quest to find his identity
www.sbs.com.au www.sbs.com.au
Tim Fredericks was adopted from South Korea as a baby. While he has had a loving and supportive upbringing, a lingering feeling of loneliness drove him to seek out his birth mother.
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Articles: Australia, Korea, South


Adoption: Proof think tanks CAN DO
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au
The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry has endorsed adoption ‘as one response’ to the urgent need to provide stable and permanent homes for the thousands of Australian children currently languishing in out-of-home care.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut, Queensland


Apologise but allow adoption
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au
Many Australians believe that the national apology for forced adoption, to be delivered on Thursday in the federal parliament, is overdue. From the 1950s until the mid-70s, approximately 150,000 babies of unwed (mostly teenage) mothers were adopted by childless married couples. The sentiments behind the national apology are good-hearted, and the aim is to acknowledge the pain and suffering some separated mothers and their children experienced. Many vulnerable young women were traumatised by the harsh treatment they received. However, the nation is in danger of practising the easy moralism that condemns previous generations for the sins of forced adoption, while ignoring contemporary policies that are toxic for child welfare.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children
famous.adoption.com famous.adoption.com
For several decades from the 1920s to the 1960s, the Australian government operated a deliberate policy of cultural genocide, taking young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and placing them in boarding schools or with white foster and adoptive families.
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Articles: Australia, Stolen Generations


Child protection system needs more adoption, argues new report
www.abc.net.au www.abc.net.au

/showurl.php?url=3036 Dr Jeremy Sammut argues the current policy of keeping families together is not working, and more children should be remove permanently and offered for adoption.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


Do Not Damage and Disturb: On Child Protection Failures and the Pressure on Out of Home Care in Australia, Jeremy Sammut  
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/showurl.php?url=2909 In 2009, the federal Parliament rightly apologised to the Forgotten Australians who had been physically, sexually and emotionally abused in state and charitable children’s ‘residentialcare’ institutions (orphanages) from the 1920s until the 1970s. Yet in the last decade, Australian governments have been quietly re-‘institutionalising’ the Out of Home Care (OOHC) system because children are once again being abused by those who are meant to protect them. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children who are unable to live safely with their parents, and are subsequently placed in ‘residential care’* by state and territory child protection authorities, has increased by 56%. Decades of declining numbers of children in residential care have been reversed. The ‘residential’ OOHC population fell to 939 children in 2004–05 and then doubled to more than 1,800 in 2009–10.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


National apology must lift taboo on adoption
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au
Child protection policies endanger children by failing to remove them from unfit parents – and the forthcoming national apology for forced adoption could make the situation worse.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


Still Damaging and Disturbing: Australian Child Protection Data and the Need for National Adoption Targets by Jeremy Sammut
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au

/showurl.php?url=3035 In December 2013, the Abbott government announced plans to make it easier for Australian parents to adopt children both locally and from overseas. Acknowledging the official ‘taboo’ on adoption in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered an inter-departmental committee to recommend ways to take adoption out of the ‘too-hard’ basket.

The chief barrier to raising the number of local adoptions is that state and territory child protection authorities almost never take legal action to free children for adoption, even for children who languish in Australia’s ever-expanding ‘out-of-home’ care (OOHC) system with little prospect of safely returning home.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


The car maker Volvo says new NSW child seat laws are inadequate, and claims they could cost lives or increase serious injuries to children involved in a car crash.
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She said only five children in rear-facing child seats had died in crashes in Sweden since the 1960s. A recent RTA press release said 80 Australian children die in cars every year.
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Articles: Australia, Parenting, Sweden


The dark legacy of child abuse
www.smh.com.au www.smh.com.au
In a room of 100 women, 12 or 13 on average would have experienced sexual abuse as a child; in a room of 100 men, at least four or five would be survivors of sexual abuse. These figures come from the 2005 Australian Bureau of Statistics personal safety survey, and some in the field consider them conservative. Even so, it amounts to a substantial proportion of the population before one factors in the other forms of childhood abuse - physical, emotional and neglect.
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The Fraught Politics of Saying Sorry for Forced Adoption: Implications for Child Protection Policy in Australia
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au
Many Australians will believe a national apology for forced adoption is overdue. But there is a danger that the apology will delegitimise the use of adoption for child protection purposes and make it more difficult for the community to effectively address child abuse and family dysfunction.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


Why adoption should, in some cases, continue
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au
The Leader of the Opposition got himself into trouble during yesterday’s speech in response to the Prime Minister's national apology for forced adoption. Tony Abbott, during the course of his remarks, was forced to issue an apology of his own when some in the audience at the Great Hall of Parliament took offence to his use of the term "birth parents" instead of the preferred term of "separated parents" or just plain "parents". This apparent gaffe has attracted considerable media attention. However, there was another, more interesting, incident that illuminates the politics behind the national apology.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut


 Queensland

Adoption: Proof think tanks CAN DO
www.cis.org.au www.cis.org.au
The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry has endorsed adoption ‘as one response’ to the urgent need to provide stable and permanent homes for the thousands of Australian children currently languishing in out-of-home care.
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Articles: Australia, Jeremy Sammut, Queensland


 China

Abandoned Chinese babies find love from foreign parents
english.people.com.cn english.people.com.cn
Statistics show that more than 50,000 Chinese abandoned babies have been adopted by foreign families since the 1990s, and the number is keeping rising. Foreign-related adoption not only helps release the burden of Chinese orphanages, but gives family love to the children who badly need it.
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Transracial adoption - Expatriate parents living in China with their adopted Chinese children
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Qualitative research investigated expatriate families living in China with adopted Chinese children and the manner in which living in China influenced the adoptees' acquisition of their culture of origin.
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Articles: China


 Korea, South

Adoption: An Asian girl reconnects with her roots
www.sbs.com.au www.sbs.com.au
On a quest to trace her birth mother, adoptee Olivia Bethke travelled to Seoul and began with the phone book. She hasn't yet found her mother but knows exactly what she'll say if she does.
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Articles: Australia, Korea, South


Adoption: One man's quest to find his identity
www.sbs.com.au www.sbs.com.au
Tim Fredericks was adopted from South Korea as a baby. While he has had a loving and supportive upbringing, a lingering feeling of loneliness drove him to seek out his birth mother.
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Articles: Australia, Korea, South


Ending South Korea's Child Export Shame - Analysis
www.eurasiareview.com www.eurasiareview.com
South Korea is on the verge of changing its reputation as the world's leading baby exporter to a world leader in grassroots adoption reform. The first-ever birth mother, unwed mother, and adoptee co-authored bill is moving toward a National Assembly vote with government sponsorship.
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Articles: Korea, South


In Defense of Adoption  
www.aican.org www.aican.org
The overall mood and climate on adoption in Korea over the past few years has been shifting drastically away from being viewed as positive, to being viewed as negative. Of all the causes, the greatest impact in the Korean society has been from the work of a few adult adoptees groups that have spoken up strongly against the intercountry adoption (or ICA), and even against domestic adoption as well. Some Korea-based adult adoptee organizations have joined forces to bring about the demise of both intercountry and domestic adoption by advocating the closure of adoptions in Korea.
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Articles: Korea, South


Korea Slowly Closes to Adoption
www.rainbowkids.com www.rainbowkids.com
The South Korean Government has been carefully implementing long-term plans to eventually close international adoption for over 20 years.
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Articles: Korea, South, Rainbow Kids Website


The Korean Drop - An Korean Adopted into Norway shares her story
www.childrenshomeadopt.org www.childrenshomeadopt.org
Articles: Korea, South, Norway


With growing number of orphans, care center barely hangs on - Swelling number of abandoned children have to live with poor heat, boiled groundwater and an uncertain future
english.hani.co.kr english.hani.co.kr
The wind whipped through the foothills of Mt. Guryong, cutting like a knife. The chill penetrated the living room and corridors, where the heating didn’t reach. Parts of the ceiling were tattered and torn. Kangnam Children’s Home (http://www.kangnamhome.org), the center in Seoul’s Gaepo neighbourhood where children go to live after being abandoned by their parents in the “baby box,” was a bleak place.

It was December 18, and “Hope” (not her real name) was fast asleep. She was four months old. Unlike the chilly living room, the room where she lay was heated. Her face was snowy white, and a faint scent of powdered milk filled the air. “It’s naptime,” the nursing assistants whispered. “She just had her formula and went down.”

Hope arrived at the home in October. She had been abandoned in the baby box at Jusarang Church in Seoul’s Nangok neighborhood, less than two weeks after she came into the world. All she had with her was a little note listing the date and time of her birth. Nameless, she was sent by the Gwanak District Office to the Seoul Metropolitan Childrens’s Welfare Center, then on to the Kangnam Children’s Home.

Sixteen infants like Hope live at the home, most of them abandoned like her. All of them come from different parents, but they share the surname “Kim” - their births were all registered in the name of the home’s previous director. Thirteen of them had been left in the baby box sometime in 2013. Of Seoul’s 26 childcare facilities, the home received the largest number of baby box infants last year.
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Articles: Korea, South


 Norway

The Korean Drop - An Korean Adopted into Norway shares her story
www.childrenshomeadopt.org www.childrenshomeadopt.org
Articles: Korea, South, Norway


The State of Knowledge Of Foreign Adoptions
www.comeunity.com www.comeunity.com
A summary of the results of key international adoption research projects based in Scandinavia.
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Articles: Norway


 Russian Federation

"Мама, я убью тебя". Mama I'm Gonna Kill You. The Full Documentary, Subtitled. 2013
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/showurl.php?url=3004 Published on Oct 22, 2013 Документальный фильм Елены Погребижской. Версия в полном качестве, 1080p. Documentary about orphanage system in Russia, 2013. Directed by Elena Pogrebizhskaya.
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Articles: Russian Federation


 Sweden

The car maker Volvo says new NSW child seat laws are inadequate, and claims they could cost lives or increase serious injuries to children involved in a car crash.
smh.drive.com.au smh.drive.com.au
She said only five children in rear-facing child seats had died in crashes in Sweden since the 1960s. A recent RTA press release said 80 Australian children die in cars every year.
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Articles: Australia, Parenting, Sweden


 USA

Failed Adoption after 7 Weeks Home with Our Baby
www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com
7 weeks after bringing Violet home, the birthmom changed her mind. The state had to take over the case and place her in state foster care because both birth parents are not capable of caring for Violet right now. So not only did we lose our daughter, but she is now sitting in state foster care.
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Independent Adoption Center Welcomes Increase in LGBT Adoptions
www.sfgate.com www.sfgate.com
"It’s becoming clearer that the most important ingredient when it comes to good parenting is a loving and supportive family. According to the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), there has been a growing trend in open adoption of children by lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) families, and for good reasons."
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Articles: Gay/Lesbian, USA


Op-Ed: Through Adoption We Can Save the World for One Child
montclair.patch.com montclair.patch.com
Because of politics, drugs, unfair trade, illness, greed, poverty, and so many other reasons, there are too many children in the world without families. We can't change the whole world overnight, but through adoption we can change the whole world for a child.
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Articles: USA


Questioning Your Child's Origins
www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com
Recently, in the New York Times, there was an article concerning the recent child trafficking scandals in China, titled, For Adoptive Parents, Questions Without Answers. It’s possible that children who were adopted by US families were actually abducted from their birth families and sold on the black market for children, which included orphanages.
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Articles: Adoption Fraud, USA


Racism / Sexism

Why do we expect adoptees to be grateful?
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Article by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Margie Perscheid
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


How do we parent to eliminate bullying from our culture?
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


How can you coach kids to be critical of what they see on TV?
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Article by Carmen Van Kerckhove
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


Is it ok for parents to adopt transracially to solve their own racial hangups?
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Read about African-American televangelist Reverend Creflo Dollar's reason for adopting a caucasian child.
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism, Religion


Racism and inter-country adoption  
www.relationships.com.au www.relationships.com.au
Children joining our families through inter-country adoption are often visible because of their difference in skin colour, hair colour and/or facial characteristics (depending on which country the child is from).
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Articles: Racism / Sexism


Should white parents adopt children of other races?
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


The elephant in the living room. Are we born racist?
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Prejudice might be hardwired in our brains. But the good news is that we can learn to override our prejudices and embrace difference.
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism




Tintin in the Congo
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Not racist because the book is a reflection of the times?
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


Adoption Articles Directory Website /showurl.php?url=773

Pros and cons of keeping the native language of the adopted child
www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com www.adoptionarticlesdirectory.com
If adoption is on your mind, you should think through your strategies on native language issues of your future child well in advance. Indeed, the preservation of the first language of their child is a hot topic for many adoptive parents.
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Articles: Adoption Articles Directory Website, Language


Anti-Racist Parent Website /showurl.php?url=747

Adoption Poster Child
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
A good idea or a bad idea?
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website


Finding a kindergarten for a multiracial family
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Teachers, administrators, and staff of a school district need cultural competency training. This is not a concern just for me as a parent of children of color, but a need for all the students served by the district.
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Education Material for Teachers & Parents




Why do we expect adoptees to be grateful?
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Article by Anti-Racist Parent columnist Margie Perscheid
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


How do we parent to eliminate bullying from our culture?
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


How can you coach kids to be critical of what they see on TV?
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Article by Carmen Van Kerckhove
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


Should white parents adopt children of other races?
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website, Racism / Sexism


"Ethnic" Barbie dolls.
www.antiracistparent.com www.antiracistparent.com
Are they really ethnic if they are all modelled on the white Barbie?
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website


10 Do's and Don'ts for transracially adoptive parents.
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by Anti-Racist Parent Columnist Michelle Myers
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Articles: Anti-Racist Parent Website


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