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Regulatory orphans

Adoption | Adoption advocates worry new rules on international adoption will leave more children languishing in orphanages
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/12/18, 03:33 pm

When Michelet Joseph arrived in the United States in the summer of 2015, the small Haitian boy couldn’t pull up or stand up on his own.

Michelet was nearly 7 years old.

Born with hydrocephalus, Michelet was 11 months old when his mother died. His father had abandoned the family. Michelet spent the next year in a mountain village north of Port-au-Prince, lying on the floor while his grandfather farmed.

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Having their say

Lifestyle | During November, National Adoption Month, we also recognize the hard lives of children in foster care—but now, some who have come out of that experience get their say on Capitol Hill
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 10/19/17, 08:39 pm

When Michael Teresa Mellifera was 7 and her brother was 9, Ohio child welfare caseworkers removed them from their home. It wasn’t the children’s fault that their father was abusive and jailed for selling drugs and women. Or that police charged their mother with child endangerment and drug-related offenses.

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Committed to caring

Q&A | Building a culture of foster care in the church
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/18/17, 07:37 pm

November is National Adoption Month. Janet Vestal Kelly, a former Virginia secretary of the commonwealth, is a founder and leader of America’s Kids Belong, which is working on the adoption and foster care crisis in the United States. Older children in foster care are in particularly great need. Here are edited excerpts of our interview in front of students at Patrick Henry College.

Four hundred thousand kids in foster care across the United States: not a happy situation. What’s the most important step in improving that situation? More quality foster families.

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