Is International Adoption Part Of Your Family Picture? Be Aware of S.S.P.E. Measles Kills Internationally Adopted Children Through S.S.P.E. Complication

February 23rd, 2011


International adoption is a wonderful way to grow your family and share your love with a child who desperately needs a "Forever Family." If you have adopted from another country, you already know about the large amount of paperwork involved and the time it takes to complete the adoption process. The whole time, your new family member is still in another country being cared for by caregivers who are probably not doing what we would do in our country for a child. You don't know what kind of care your child is currently receiving. There are pieces of the information puzzle that are not going to be filled in by your adoption agency. You have to prepare yourself to look for specific… [more]

Adoptions from India down

November 1st, 2007
Categories: India

The Times of India is reporting s significant drop in the number of adoptions from that country, saying that both domestic and international adoptions have seen a reduction of almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2003. A recent report is cited that researched information collected from more than twenty-two countries that have added internationally adopted children to families of citizens and found that only 0.034% had India as a birth country in 2006. "In 1980s India was the second major source for adoptions. But now it has the lowest adoption ratio among any other countries and the number has been falling," Peter Selman, Reader in Social Policy of University of Newcastle in UK who compiled the report. There's an odd quote at the end of the… [more]

India: Adoption and other options.

October 10th, 2007
Categories: India

After banning adoptions from India in June of this year, Demark has shifted course and is now again allowing its citizens to adopt Indian children. After a media-festooned frenzy over allegations from a man claiming to have put his kids in an orphanage "temporarily", then supposedly being devastated to learn that they'd been adopted by Danes and whooping and hollering and generally raising a ruckus, the Danish program slammed shut. Now those claims have apparently been refuted ... and no matter how much I would love to hear the true story behind all the fuss, that part of the story never seems to make headlines ... so the decision has been reversed. I suppose we can hope no children were left high and dry in the time… [more]

Out of India …

August 26th, 2007
Categories: India

As domestic adoption slowing gains popularity in India, stories and information designed to share and educate are appearing more often in the Indian media. This on easing the process for adopted children is one example of how attitudes are changing in the country, and how some are trying to pave the way for more and smoother transitions. President of the Voluntary Adoption Resource Agency and adoptive mother, Vinita Bhargava, is quoted on explaining adoption to her daughter. Her take on adoption in India is apparently quite new and different, as she's written a book, "Adoption in India: Politics and Experiences" which is said to challenge the prevailing thoughts on adoption in the country. And not that we're not all aware of how… [more]

India Adoption, it’s mothers this time

August 1st, 2007

I've been writing about India, its children, India international adoptions, Indian adoption laws, problems and more for a long time now. CINI logo Over the past year-and-a-half-plus, I've posted on the nuts and bolts of the system, child labor, female infanticide in the country, changes in adoption laws, and so on. Coming across my desk today, however, is something I've not addressed. In fact, this is the first time I've seen a story like this, and I am very pleased to be writing about it today. From Kolkata ... formerly, and sometimes still, Calcutta ... an organization called the Child in Need Institute (CINI) has, since 2000, been running, in addition to other services, an… [more]

Adoption, AIDS and helping

July 22nd, 2007

A state-level orientation program on adoption was held recently in Lucknow, India, with the aim of increasing awareness locally on the issues of adoption in that country. Domestic Indian adoptions continue to lack popularity, with most people determined to avoid adopting a child. Also on the agenda, uniformity in adoption rules to remove much of what can be cumbersome when the many religions in the country approach the process. Also in India, the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), has proposed that all children made available for adoption take a mandatory HIV test. This has long been on the books, but not enforced, and many are concerned about the costs. The Indian Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS is opposing the idea, insisting that… [more]

India Adoption: Amendments to CARA Guidelines

July 12th, 2007

CARA logo Continuing to follow changes to India's adoption program I've been writing about for a while now, India adoptions authority, the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) has submitted a draft of amended adoption guidelines to the Ministry for Women and Child Development. The "Guidelines on Adoption of Indian Children Without Parental Care -- 2007" proposes changes that are wide-ranging and reported to have the immediate effect ... upon becoming law ... of automatically allowing more adoptions. Salient features of this "single window" method of operations, according to Minister Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, will be increased transparency, more accountability and a streamlining of adoption procedures. She adds that there will be, for the first time, a system put in place for identification and… [more]

Passionate concern, and more on what it gets ya

July 3rd, 2007

Continued from the previous post, where we were talking about orphans in Kashmire, and how help sometimes doesn't look like that to everyone. There's the Marriage of Poor and Orphan Girls Foundation: Foundation provides financial help to orphan and poor girls for conducting their marriages and shares their financial woes and worries. These marriages are conducted with simplicity, grace and accordingly to Islamic traditions. To decrease the huge expenditure on marriages Foundation is keen to conduct mass marriages for which our younger generations has to give up some customers. It is said that 271 mass marriages of orphan girls at the central and at the units levels have been solemnized by the trust and wedding material worth RS.6,83,836.00 was distributed among these brides on… [more]

Passionate concern, and what it gets ya

July 3rd, 2007

A report today out of India ... not new information, but showing up this morning, nonetheless ... on the plight of orphans around the Kashmir region is reminding me of much of what prompted the series I did a couple of days back that began with Iraq and moved on from there. A virtual war zone for decades and scene of some of natures most damaging devastation, the area has a population of more than ten million people struggling to get by on whatever they can eek out of the soil when it's safe enough to do so. The bulk of the people live well below the poverty line and it's clear that most survive only though day-to-day struggles. As… [more]

India: Dawning of a new view on adoption?

April 9th, 2007

Continued from here, where we were looking at possible changes in adoption from India. It is beginning to appear that serious efforts to improve the likelihood of international adoption for some Indian children may be in the works. Cara's website (India's Central Adoption Resource Agency) was redesigned for ease of use, and work was beginning on efforts to "simplify and streamline" the adoption process. Guidelines have been posted on domestic and international adoption processes and a list of agencies, Indian and foreign, is available. Now, the Hindustan Times is saying that the WCD (Woman and Child Development Ministry) has announced that it is coming up with a mechanism that will have it take less than two months to complete an… [more]