The Quiet Tension Over International Adoption: NPR Interview on Haiti’s Orphans

NPR’s Talk of the Nation today focused on Haiti’s orphans in an interview with our friend, Tom Difilipo, who heads the Joint Council on International Children’s Services.  The show, titled “Where will All the Haitian Orphans Go?”,  addressed a number of important questions, including somewhat indirect references to an issue that is often a quiet […]

International Adoption Numbers Drop Steeply

The U.S. State Department today released its official numbers for international adoptions in the 2009 fiscal year (Oct 2008 to Sept 2009.)  They show a steep 27 percent drop—only 12,753 international adoptions, down from 17,438 in 2008.  This number is more than 40 percent lower than the all-time peak of 22,884 in 2004. A host […]

Tragic Turn in Russian Adoption Brews International Controversy

The internet is abuzz—from Yahoo News to NPR to the Daily Beast—with the tragic controversy surrounding a single mother from Tennessee, who sent her adopted Russian son back to Russia, solo on a plane, claiming that he was acting out in ways she could no longer handle. The mother certainly merits the sharp criticism she’s […]