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Abuse in isolation

Family | With most of the United States in lockdown, some children are in more danger
by Mary Jackson
Posted 4/03/20, 05:22 pm

The coronavirus pandemic has most families under strict orders to stay at home to protect themselves and others. But for children at risk of abuse, the mandates might trap them with someone who means them harm.

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The birth dearth

Family | A problem in South Korea deeper than the coronavirus
by Darrow Miller
Posted 3/28/20, 04:33 pm

While Italy, Spain, Iran, and other countries have been overwhelmed, South Korea seems to have flattened out the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea, though, has a deeper trouble: Its culture no longer supports the formation of families and the virtue of having children. The country currently has the lowest fertility rate of any in the world. Its rate of .88 is less than half of the 2.1 needed to maintain a stable population. In other words, while South Korea is busy slowing the spread of COVID-19, she is on the path to national suicide.

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With travel bans, adoptions grind to a halt

Family | The coronavirus pandemic keeps families and children waiting
by Mary Jackson
Posted 3/27/20, 06:28 pm

An email sent to Nightlight Christian Adoptions staff members on Tuesday urged everyone to pray for 17 parents and their adopted children in various foreign countries. Amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, many are stranded, separated from family members, quarantined, or unable to obtain the necessary paperwork to travel back to the United States with their adopted children.

“We’ve done everything we know to get them home, and we continue trying,” wrote Lisa Whitaker, international program coordinator at Nightlight, which has locations in 10 states.

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