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Teen rescued in Argentina after nine years of grim abuse

A 15-year-old girl has been rescued in Argentina after being nearly starved and beaten in a garage by an adoptive family for nine years, a court source said Wednesday. Weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds), the malnourished girl was hospitalized after being found in Buenos Aires. She said she had been fed only bread and water, and was beaten for eating leftover dog food and monkey kibble thrown to animals in the same space where she was kept, the source said.

Teen rescued in Argentina after nine years of grim abuse

A 15-year-old girl has been rescued in Argentina after being nearly starved and beaten in a garage by an adoptive family for nine years, a court source said Wednesday. Weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds), the malnourished girl was hospitalized after being found in Buenos Aires. She said she had been fed only bread and water, and was beaten for eating leftover dog food and monkey kibble thrown to animals in the same space where she was kept, the source said.

B.C. announces $2 million in funding to increase adoptions, guardianships

BURNABY, B.C. - Ten groups in B.C. are receiving $2 million in provincial-government funding so they can help children and youth without families find permanent homes. Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux says there are more than 1,000 children in B.C. looking for homes and about 400 prospective parents. Her ministry says the money will help workers write more home studies, which social workers use to assess the strengths and parenting abilities of prospective adoptive families and guardians.

New Brunswick government seeks public input on unsealing adoption records

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government is seeking public input on a proposal to open more than 100 years of sealed adoption records in the province. Social Development Minister Madeleine Dube says currently, both the adopted child and the biological parents have to make a request for information before a file is opened.

Judge scolds Lev Tahor families for fleeing before court ruled on custody case

TORONTO - Families from an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect who fled the country last month in the midst of a child custody case were chided by an Ontario judge on Friday for not allowing the country's courts to do their work. Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton — who will be deciding whether the children in the case should be reunited with their parents or remain in foster care — told the members of the Lev Tahor community that she was concerned about the kid's legal rights, not their religious affiliation.

Adopted children fight Irish state secrecy to find parents

By Carmel Crimmins and Padraic Halpin OMAGH, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Catherine Droogan turns 40 this year. That's one of the few personal details she can be sure of. Adopted at four weeks from a convent in eastern Ireland, Droogan doesn't know who her parents were or where she was born. She is not even certain who actually named her Catherine.

Cambodia to resume inter-country adoption next year

Cambodia to resume inter-country adoption next year PHNOM PENH, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia will resume international adoption next year after a four-year suspension due to concerns over child trafficking, a senior official said Wednesday. "Cambodia is set to resume adoption sometime in 2014 so that foreigners who are interested in adopting Cambodian children will be able to submit their requests next year," Nim Thoth, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Social Affairs, told reporters after a national consultation on adoption.

Xinhua Insight: Online adoption a bitter-sweet dream for infertile couples

by Xinhua Writers Cao Bin and Wang Wen HANGZHOU, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Mrs. Li and her husband have been longing for adopting a baby and they have tried via an online adoption platform for over a year. But their hopes were shattered. Mrs Li said she had seen a posting that read "Paid adoption: I'm a young woman, nine months pregnant, who can come to the adoptive family for delivery. Nutrition fee negotiable" on online adoption website tz667.com. She immediately called the expectant mother. But the couple later had to quit due to an unreasonably high "nutrition fee."

Adoption group calls for U.S. laws to stop online child trading

By Megan Twohey (Reuters) - A study by a major U.S. adoption research group calls for "targeted laws, policies and practices" to stop adoptive parents from giving their unwanted children to strangers through the Internet. The report, released by the Donaldson Adoption Institute this week, also says problems exposed by a Reuters investigation in September "should be seen as the tip of an iceberg of unmonitored, unregulated adoption-related activities taking place on the Internet."

Biological father, tribe give up the fight over Baby Veronica

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The biological father of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl at the heart of a protracted custody battle said Thursday he is giving up the fight for "Baby Veronica" so that she may live in peace with her adoptive parents. Oklahoma resident Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation, who have been fighting for Brown's custody of the girl since she was given up for adoption by her mother shortly after birth, said they will drop all remaining legal appeals to her adoption in South Carolina.
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