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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fewer International Adoptions in the United States

From the Telegraph:

In 2004, American families adopted almost 23,000 children from around the world, but by 2010 that figure had more than halved to 11,058, according to US State Department figures.

"We have stopped organising adoptions for overseas clients because it was just too hard to find good families," said Leah Kigutha, director of Maji Mzuri Children's Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

A surge in enquiries up to 2010 "attributed to publicity surrounding Madonna's case" had stalled as increased legislation governing adoptions was discussed by the US authorities, Ms Kigutha said.

The Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption entered into force in the US in early 2008, at the same time as Madonna's case to adopt David Banda, a Malawian toddler, was bogged down in a Lilongwe court.

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I wonder what Director Kigutha considers a good family? What is the criteria? Regardless, there has been and will continue to be numerous children throughout the international community who are in need of a good family.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Mar 27, 2011 4:47:27 PM

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