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Arizona Official Accused of Adoption Fraud

Paul D. Petersen, Maricopa County’s assessor, allegedly flew women to US to give birth

(Newser) - Dozens of babies were fraudulently placed with adoptive families over a three- to four-year period, authorities say—and an Arizona elected official allegedly masterminded the scheme. Maricopa County Assessor Paul D. Petersen, who was indicted this week in three states on charges including human smuggling, sale of a child, money... More »

She Ran a 'Love Village' for Kids. Now, 20 Years in Prison

Li Yanxia, who adopted 118 children, was less loving mother, more fraudster, Chinese court found

(Newser) - A wealthy businesswoman who became known as the "Love Mother" in China for adopting more than 100 children has a new label now: convicted fraudster. The BBC reports that 54-year-old Li Yanxia (aka Li Lijuan) was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Hebei province after being found guilty... More »

Her Life Began in a Plastic Bag. Now, Hopes for a 'Wonderful' Life

Hundreds want to adopt Baby India, an abandoned newborn found in Ga. woods earlier this month

(Newser) - Baby India had an admittedly rough start to life, but the newborn abandoned in the Georgia woods earlier this month is doing well and now has lots of people hoping to make her their own. The director of the state's Division of Family and Children Services tells the New ... More »

Hoda Reveals New Addition to Today Show Viewers

Host, 54, adopts a second infant girl

(Newser) - Hoda Kotb had a personal announcement for viewers on Tuesday: She's adopted a newborn girl. "I can't imagine any of this is happening," the Today anchor said, per USA Today . Haley Joy, whom Kotb adopted in 2017, becomes big sister to Hope Catherine. Kotb, 54, described... More »

Deported After 40 Years in US, 'It's a Daily Struggle to Survive'

Adam Crapser's lawsuit highlights South Korean adoption woes

(Newser) - Adam Crapser lives in limbo, a stranger in South Korea , the country of his birth. Forcibly separated from his wife and children in America, he is isolated by language and culture, navigating alone a place he's been expelled to four decades after being sent to adoptive parents in Michigan... More »

They Thought They Were Adopting. Then, 'the Rug Was Pulled'

Fla. woman accused of promising her unborn child to 2 different couples, defrauding them of $19K

(Newser) - A couple thought they'd be adopting in the fall the baby Christina Bay was carrying, and they signed a contract in the spring and handed over nearly $15,000 to pay for the Florida woman's living arrangements in Daytona Beach during her pregnancy. The problem was, police say,... More »

Guilty Doctor Walks Free in 'Stolen Baby' Case

Ines Madrigal won her case, but couldn't get Eduardo Vela imprisoned

(Newser) - Fascism's shadow hung over Spain Monday as a former doctor was found guilty of stealing newborns for infertile couples—but still went unpunished, the BBC reports. A Madrid court ruled that gynecologist Eduardo Vela, 85, had taken newborn Ines Madrigal from her biological mother in 1969 and gave her... More »

National Review Writer Describes Racist Attacks on His Multiracial Family

David French was first attacked from the left, now the right

(Newser) - David French, a veteran, evangelical Christian, and senior writer at the conservative National Review, is a white man with a black daughter, a little girl he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. When they first adopted her, they faced attacks from some on the left who claimed, among... More »

Irish PM: 126 Children Were 'Robbed of Their Identity'

Leo Varadkar apologizes for 'dark chapter' in his country's history

(Newser) - Prime Minister Leo Varadkar issued an official apology Wednesday on behalf of his country for "another dark chapter" in Ireland's history. The New York Times reports at least 126 children adopted there between 1946 and 1969 were told their adoptive parents were their birth parents, complete with altered... More »

Soldier Fights for Custody of Baby Wife Tried to Give Away

Army Sgt. Steven Garcia is not the baby's biological father

(Newser) - Army Sgt. Steven Garcia was deployed in South Korea when his wife, Marina, told him she was pregnant. In January, she told him the baby, a girl, had died at birth. "It was devastating," Steven tells KVOA . "We cried quite a bit together over the phone."... More »

Dad of 2 Adopted Sons Defends Decision to Cut Tax Break

Rep. Kevin Brady says credit is 'not working,' explaining its removal in tax proposal

(Newser) - The tax overhaul in the works has drawn controversy over possible changes to 401(k) plans and deductions for homeowners, but another, lower-profile topic has emerged as a sore point. The House plan unveiled last week would eliminate a one-time tax break for families that adopt children. The break can be... More »

Adoptive Moms Win $3.2M After Biological Dad Kills Their Son

But from their lawyer who botched adoption, letting baby be reclaimed by birth mother

(Newser) - An Iowa couple won a $3.2 million judgment against their lawyer after their adopted son was reclaimed by his birth mother, and then murdered by his father, the Des Moines Register reports. Rachel and Heidi McFarland sued their former lawyer in 2014 for malpractice, charging that Jason Rieper failed... More »

Cop Rescues Child Abuse Victim—Then Goes Further

'He's the reason why I'm here right now'

(Newser) - "That's a measure of a man—and a very good police officer," Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen says of Officer Jody Thompson. KFSM reports the Oklahoma police officer went above and beyond the call of duty by adopting the victim of a child abuse case. Back in... More »

California Bans State Travel to Texas

It's over an adoption rule restricting LGBT parents

(Newser) - A dispute between America's two most populous states is heating up: California has banned state-funded travel to Texas, citing a law that allows foster care agencies to deny adoptions to LGBT families and others based on "sincerely held religious beliefs," reports the Texas Tribune . California Attorney General... More »

Rare Blood Disorder Now Runs in This Adopted Family

Tracy Antonelli found all 3 of her daughters in China

(Newser) - In 2012, Massachusetts resident Tracy Antonelli flew to China to adopt now-7-year-old Emmie. Antonelli had found her on an adoption advocacy site the year before and was shocked to learn the little girl was suffering from thalassemia, a rare genetic blood disorder that Antonelli herself was diagnosed with at the... More »

5 Kids' 'Family Wanted' Ad Gets 'Insane' Response

Though Kansas promotion 'didn't sit well' with at least one local

(Newser) - Meet music lover Bradley, outdoor enthusiast Preston, hip-hop dancer Layla, Pokemon card collector Landon, and Olive, who mainly likes to be snuggled. These are the five siblings the Kansas City Star featured in its "Family Wanted" section on Saturday, and they're looking to all be adopted by the... More »

There's Been a Massive, Troubling Shift in US Adoption

Abrupt closure of one agency illustrates the problems

(Newser) - The adoption landscape is changing in the US, and one couple's heartbreaking story illustrates the effect that fact is having on would-be parents. Christa Trinler and Wayne Walrath were one of the more than 3,200 couples and individuals left in the lurch when the Independent Adoption Center (IAC)... More »

Firefighter Delivers Baby, Then Adopts Her

Marc Hadden says 'it was meant to be'

(Newser) - After their second child, Marc Hadden and his wife were left unable to have a third due to medical complications, and the adoption process was too expensive, CBS News reports. Then a 911 call in 2011 changed everything for the South Carolina firefighter and his family. According to Today , Hadden'... More »

Madonna: No, I'm Not Adopting More Kids

Multiple outlets reported she was in Malawi to apply to adopt 2 more

(Newser) - Scratch that: Outlets including the BBC and the AP reported that Madonna had applied to adopt two children in Malawi, but the Material Girl has since refuted those reports. "I am in Malawi to check on the children's hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi,... More »

The Force Was With 4-Year-Old at Her Adoption Ceremony

Zoe Pedicone's 'Star Wars'-themed event even had a judge dressed as Princess Leia

(Newser) - When 4-year-old Zoe Pedicone, whose bedroom is adorned with Star Wars paraphernalia, was asked for a guest list for her adoption ceremony, she named family, friends, and … Darth Vader. And thanks to her adoptive mom's efforts, the Sith lord was there Friday in a Wilmington, Del., courtroom, as... More »

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