Ethiopia’s Parliament votes to end intercountry adoption: Listen to NCFA’s Ryan Hanlon of BBC

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Ethiopia’s parliament has passed legislation banning intercountry adoption.

NCFA’s Ryan Hanlon joined BBC World Service Radio to discuss how this decision places unparented children at risk. NCFA believes that a global child welfare continuum should prioritize reunification, kinship adoption/guardianship, and in-country domestic adoption options, all before intercountry adoption is considered. Unfortunately, Ethiopia’s reunification and kinship placement efforts are limited, and there are not enough Ethiopian adoptive homes available to meet the needs of thousands of unparented children. This ban will leave them to languish in long-term institutional care or life on the streets, and many with special needs face death.

Since 1999, more than 15,000 Ethiopian children have been adopted by American families. Adoption has given them a chance to thrive, despite unfathomable trauma and loss at a young age. In recent years, the global community has taken great strides to improve the safety and transparency of intercountry adoption, and diplomacy and dialogue is leading to stronger safeguards against corruption, exploitation, and abuse. We know this to be true; we’re part of that diplomacy in action. Every year NCFA meets with international child welfare leaders who are vigilantly and passionately committed to the children in their nations who need safe, loving homes. Children deserve families, and Ethiopia’s children deserve better. We will continue to advocate on their behalf. You can join us. Start by listening to our interview with BBC Radio here.

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Extending Our Deepest Condolences: News of Abdul Sattar Edhi’s Passing

Source: http://tribune.com.pk

By Saadia Qamar

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A file photo of Abdul Sattar Edhi. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The founder of country’s largest welfare organisation, Abdul Sattar Edhi, died Friday at the age of 92, his son confirmed as tributes swiftly poured in for the humble man almost unanimously revered as a national hero.

“Abdul Sattar is dead,” his son and heir to his charitable empire Faisal told AFP.

“My father was suffering from severe kidney problems and both of his kidneys had failed,” he said.

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Making Hippotherapy Accessible in Armenia

Source: http://hetq.am

By Katherine Berjikian

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Its spring in Armenia, and the children at Kharberd Orphanage, just outside Yerevan, are excited because they can play with their old friend Dr. Sabba.

Dr. Sabba is an Armenian from the diaspora. He was born and raised in Lebanon, and came to Armenia five years ago. He’s a therapist at the orphanage and unfortunately can only work when it’s warm outside. The winter months are too cold to perform his specific kind of therapy. However, when he can work, the children get excited.

By the way, Dr. Sabba is a horse.

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News from Romania: U.S. Ambassador to Romania Visits Ador Copiii Resource Center for Adoptions

Source: http://www.adorcopiii.com

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U.S. Ambassador to Romania, His Excellency Mr. Hans Klemm, visited the only Resource Center for Adoptions in Romania, opened in Timisoara by Ador Copiii Association.

His Excellency Mr. Hans Klemm, accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Mari Klemm, visited on Friday, April 22, Ador Copiii Resource Center for Adoptions and discussed with Simona Czudar, the founder of the association, Laura Jacan, the organization’s psychotherapist, Andrei Rosu endurance athlete and Ador Copiii projects’ advocate, Gigi Nacev, CEO of Tempini Romania and Andrei Vasile, partners and supporters of the Association of the business community in Timisoara.

On this occasion His Excellency was impressed with the work we perform every day in the benefit of children who want a family, who risk losing theirs and those who, maybe, will never have one. His Excellency showed real interest in the adoption procedure, the problems encountered and the clear steps that our Association did and do to change the legislation in this regard, to become the voice of children and adoptive families.

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News from Romania: ADOR COPII Visited by US Vice Consul Whitehead and Consular Assistant Marcu

EACB44A7-E5E6-440B-8034-1B6A0557BFF5.JPG_copy1 The first day of spring brought the distinguished guests at the Ador Copiii Association. We were honored to receive the visit of Ms. Lindsay Whitehead, Vice-Consul of the United States Embassy in Bucharest, and Ms. Ilinca Marcu consular asistant, who participated at a support group organized with few adoptive families. On this occasion they could see a picture of the work we perform every day in the benefit of children who want a family, who risk losing theirs and those who, maybe, will never have one. Mrs. Lindsay Whitehead talked to each foster family present at the support group, showing real interest in the adoption procedure, the problems encountered and the clear steps that our Association did and do to change the legislation in this regard.

Ador Copiii’s projects and their impact were also appreciated by Mrs. Ambassador Susan S. Jacobs, Special Advisor on Children’s Rights in the US Government when the executive director , Mrs. Simona Czudar, was invited to meet with her in November 2015 at the US Embassy in Bucharest.
In the context of developing relations based on trust, transparency , professionalism and passion for defending children’s rights in order to modernize the adoptions’ system, the meeting was particularly successful and we want to continue in this direction in the future.

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Technological Systems Issue

TRAVEL ALERT: expect delays with visa, biometric, passport service while abroad. For families traveling abroad, the Department of State has asked all applicants to anticipate delays returning home with your child/ren in the event this is not remedied at the time of your request.

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Escaped lions, tigers roam Tbilisi after floods kill 12 – News from Georgia

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/lions-tigers-bears-escape-tbilisi-zoo-flood-090941208.html

By Irakli Metreveli

Tbilisi (AFP) – Lions, tigers and even a hippopotamus escaped from a zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi Sunday, adding to chaos caused by severe flooding that killed at least 12 people, officials said.

Police and soldiers were hunting down the animals, recapturing some and shooting others dead, while rescuers airlifted scores of people trapped by the floods.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili warned Tbilisi residents to stay indoors while the zoo animals were still on the loose,

He described the damage to the city’s infrastructure as "substantial" after the River Vere burst its banks following hours of torrential rain.

"Our latest estimate is that the death toll is 12," Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania told journalists.

Interior Ministry spokeswoman Nino Giorgobiani told AFP that 24 people were still missing by Sunday evening.

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News from Ghana: Our hearts are heavy with your loss and grief.

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News from Ghana: Massive Flood and Fire Leave Ghanaians in Shock.  Our hearts are heavy with your loss and grief.

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News: Meeting between the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice and the Accredited Organizations

Sad%20Depressed%20Lonely%20Rain%20List Finally this practice is being recognized as detrimental to children!  I’m impressed by Bulgaria’s recognition that permanently placing a child in a family environment institution and permanent foster care is not an acceptable path to true permanency and security within a family. Bulgaria recognizes that these programs were financially motivated to empty orphanages, but leave the children’s fate of having a permanent family (or not), in the hands of the very persons that are financially benefiting by denying the child a permanent family. Bravo if they fix this!!

News from Morocco: It’s A Girl!!! Kafala Granted Today!

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