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11 Children Orphaned After Plane Crash Kills 3 Couples

4 of the 6 passengers who died Sunday were dentists

(Newser) - Three married couples killed in the crash of a small airplane in Alabama all lived in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi, where city flags were lowered Monday as residents grappled with the loss of so many lives at one time. "I don't even know what to say,... More »

Franzen: I Wanted to Adopt Iraqi Orphan to Figure Out Youth

Opinionated author says more stuff about women authors, too, in interview

(Newser) - To really get a handle on today's young people, would you a) hook up with your local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, b) volunteer at a school, or c) adopt an Iraqi orphan so you can pick his brain for why he's not idealistic or angry enough? If... More »

Woman Learns She Married Her Brother

Brazilian woman hears shocking news on radio show

(Newser) - A Brazilian woman got quite the surprise when she went on a radio show this week to reconnect with her long-lost mother, Gawker reports. Adriana, 39, who gave no last name, went on Radio Globo's The Time Is Now (which helps people find lost family members) and talked to... More »

10K Want Orphan Who Pleaded for Family

Davion Only could have a home for the holidays

(Newser) - The boy who pleaded for a new family at a Florida church may get his wish by Christmas. More than 10,000 families are interested in adopting 15-year-old Davion Only , the Tampa Bay Times reports. Since his story went viral, Davion has been interviewed on The View and the agency... More »

Calls Pour in for Orphaned Boy Who Wants Family

Church 'flooded' with people who want to take in Davion Only

(Newser) - The Florida church where 15-year-old orphan Davion Only pleaded for a new family has been "flooded" with calls from people interested in giving the teen a home, a church secretary tells Fox News . "It has been just an awesome outpour," says Cynthia Coney, who says she asked... More »

Newly-Orphaned Boy Seeks New Parents at Church

Davion Only takes action after learning of mother's death

(Newser) - Davion Navar Henry Only was born 15 years ago to a mother imprisoned for petty theft and drugs; he's spent his life in foster care, struggling with anger. In June, he looked up his mother online—and learned she'd died just weeks earlier. Now knowing she'd never... More »

US Citizen Held Prisoner in North Korea: Report

Activist says Kenneth Bae detained while leading tour into the country

(Newser) - North Korea has been holding a 44-year-old American citizen prisoner for about a month, a human rights activist in South Korea alleged today. Kenneth Bae was reportedly detained while leading a tour group into the People's Republic, something he'd done several times before without a problem, activist Do... More »

Chinese Orphans Won't Be Named 'State' or 'Party'

Orphanages told to give kids better surnames

(Newser) - No longer will "state" or "party" be the last name of children in Chinese orphanages, Jezebel reports via MSNBC . Until now, orphanages commonly gave kids those generic surnames—which enabled people to peg them as orphans for life and leave them feeling marginalized. So China issued the rule... More »

Angelina Jolie Has Secret Family

She either has secret kids, or is helping orphans, depending on your take

(Newser) - If Angelina Jolie does in fact adopt another kid with Brad Pitt, it won't exactly be her seventh—she already has seven “children” in Jordan she's kept secret since 2003. The “secret family,” as the National Enquirer oh-so-sensationally dubs it, is actually a group of orphans living... More »

Elton Aims to Adopt 'Heart-Stealing' Ukraine Orphan

Singer changes his mind about starting a family

(Newser) - Pop king Elton John has fallen in love with a 14-month-old orphan and wants to adopt the little Ukrainian boy, reports BBC.The music man's partner, David Furnish, has long wanted a family, but John, 62, feared his age and their rock-'n-roll lifestyle would be unfair to a child. But... More »

Aussies Sorry for 10K Kids Shipped for 'Slave Labor'

British children were abused, kept hungry in program lasting until 1960s

(Newser) - The Australian prime minister will apologize to generations of British migrants shipped to Australia as children and subjected to abuse, hunger, and slave labor. Between the 1920s and 1960s the UK sent about 10,000 children to provide Australia with "good white stock," but when they arrived they... More »

Madonna's New Daughter Leaves Malawi

Private jet ferries Mercy to London

(Newser) - Madonna’s newly adopted daughter left Malawi for London yesterday on a plane owned by the pop singer, Access Hollywood reports. Chifundo “Mercy” James was accompanied on the flight by a nanny and child nurse, airport sources said, and should meet her new brothers and sisters—including David, also... More »

Madonna's Adoption Only Hurts Malawi

'Misguided' Material Mom should use international adoption as a 'last resort'

(Newser) - By adopting Mercy James, Madonna has actually endangered other Malawian orphans, writes Anna Feuchtwang in the Daily Mail. “Corrupt adoption agencies and child traffickers, newly alerted to the ease with which Malawian laws can be circumvented, are even now planning to target the country,” writes Feuchtwang, chief executive... More »

15 Years Later, Rwanda Moves Toward Forgiveness

Rwandan wants his country to inspire world

(Newser) - When Bishop John Rucyahana heard of the genocide wracking his native Rwanda in 1994, he did something unexpected: He returned home from Uganda. Since then, he has built schools for orphans and “reconciliation villages” where the genocide’s victims and perpetrators live together, Newsweek reports. “If Rwanda can... More »

Malawi Court Blocks Madonna Adoption

Judge cites requirement that prospective parents live in Malawi for 18 months

(Newser) - A Malawi court has rejected a bid by Madonna to adopt another local child, reports the Times of London. The judge cited a requirement that prospective adoptive parents live in Malawi at least 18 months, according to AP. The rule was waived when the singer adopted son David Banda. This... More »

Congo Orphan Faces Lawless World

War-torn nation struggles to cope with parentless children

(Newser) - An infant discovered in a corpse-ridden house may portend a new problem in Congo's humanitarian crisis, the AP reports. Eliya, found crying with a bullet wound, is one of 250,000 people displaced since fighting reignited in August. “Caring for orphans, that’s something new for us,” said... More »

Breastfeeding Officer Sparks Debate in China

'Police mum' promoted for helping orphaned babies in quake

(Newser) - A policewoman has sparked debate in Beijing after breastfeeding nine orphaned babies during last month's earthquake, Reuters reports. Officials have promoted Jiang Xiaojuan, 30, calling her "hero and model police officer," but others argue that merit, not deeds, should lead to promotion. Xiaojuan left her baby at home... More »

4K Orphaned in China Quake

Adoption requests pouring in from across country

(Newser) - The earthquake that killed more than 51,000 Chinese when it ripped through Sichuan province on May 12 also left more than 4,000 children parentless, a Chinese official said today—and the actual number could be yet higher because many remain missing. The Chinese people are rushing to adopt... More »

Madonna's Gardener Directs Her AIDS Film

He caught her eye making 'amazing' home movies

(Newser) - Madonna tapped a director whose work she knew well for her new documentary about AIDS orphans in Malawi, People reports. Nathan Rissman "was my gardener. He was my carpenter," she said. And his home videos of her kids "were amazing." More »

Reports of Horror at UK Orphanage Extend to 2007

Cops warn suspects not to threaten victims

(Newser) - British police are investigating charges that assaults at a notorious children's home occurred as recently as late last year, the Guardian reports. The revelation is the latest twist in an unraveling tale of sexual and physical abuse at the government-run home on the island of Jersey. Detectives said at least... More »

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