Children

Lost families, longing hearts

China | International adoptees from China, now adults, often grow curious about their hometowns and birth parents—and some make the trip back
by June Cheng
Posted 9/22/17, 01:33 am

The first time 23-year-old Charlotte Cotter spoke with her Chinese birth parents over the Skype telephone app last summer, she had a list of questions prepared: Why did you give me up? Do I have any siblings? Did you give me a Chinese name before you abandoned me? What was your life like in Zhenjiang city in eastern China? She also wanted to tell them that she was doing well, that she was now a senior at Yale University, and that she didn’t hate them for abandoning her: She understood how China’s one-child policy had placed many couples in extremely difficult situations.

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Mother sues state for strip-searching child without parental consent

Child Welfare
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/22/15, 02:00 pm

A Colorado mother is suing employees of a county Department of Human Services (DHS), alleging they strip-searched and photographed her daughter without her consent or knowledge.

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After abuse case, Arkansas tries to ban 'rehoming' adopted children

Child Welfare
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/25/15, 03:14 pm

An Arkansas state representative is facing criticism for allegedly abandoning his adopted daughters, ages 3 and 6, to a man who sexually abused one of them.

The case has sparked state legislation aimed at banning the private transfer of adopted children, often called “rehoming.” Last week the father in the case, Republican Rep. Justin Harris, voted for the ban.

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