Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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Far from home

Adoption | Congolese authorities are keeping hundreds of adopted orphans from joining their new families abroad
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 7/11/14, 01:00 am

Alima and Masalay, two 5-year-old children from Congo, are legally part of the Stroud family in Fort Wayne, Ind. Their adoption occurred last July, and they have passports and visas to leave Congo. But a year after their adoptions were finalized, they remain 7,000 miles away from their adoptive family.

The reason: Last September, Congolese authorities suspended issuing exit papers to children adopted by foreigners. The suspension left hundreds of cases stalled, with some parents already in the country but unable to get their children out. 

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French conservatives nix gender theory education program

Sexuality
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 7/08/14, 10:03 am

Conservative protestors in France claimed another victory last week as the education ministry announced it had abandoned a program to teach gender equality in school. Opponents argued the program actually sought to erase gender differences.  

The program, called the ABCD of Equality, started as a pilot in 275 schools in September 2013. The French Education Ministry planned to expand the program to all French schools by 2018. 

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Would mandatory maternity leave hinder workplace equality?

Jobs
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/27/14, 10:35 am

President Barack Obama continued to push for national paid maternity leave in a speech this week, but he hasn’t proposed any plans to achieve it. While his supporters cheer the idea, some economists warn that legally mandating maternity leave will have unintended consequences for women and working families.

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