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Another Adoption Tragedy, Remembering an Open Adoption Crusader, and More: This Week in Adoption



This Week in Adoption is a weekly roundup of the news concerning the families, kids, and laws we in the adoption community are most passionate about!  Check out these stories, share your thoughts, and recommend some links of your own.

Another Adoption Tragedy in Tennessee

Three months after the Mark family added China-born Kairissa to their home in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, the four-year-old little girl is dead and her adoptive mother, a pediatrician, has been accused of beating her to death. Though China’s criteria for international adoptions has been made more robust in recent years, as with the Russian adoption crisis earlier this year, this tragedy (also regarding an adopted child in Tennessee) raises concerns and questions about the best ways to screen and prepare potential adoptive families both before and after placement of an adopted child. [Source: The Tennessean]

Annette Baran, Open Adoption Crusader, Dies at 83

Annette Baran, clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and co-author of The Adoption Triangle died last week at the age of 83. Baran’s clinical work convinced her that closed adoptions can become burdensome and even psychologically destructive to adoptees. She—most notably through her book, published in 1978—helped shape the open adoption movement. [Source: The Los Angeles Times]

Adoption Increases in Wake of Global Crises

Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency, reports a 26 percent increase in domestic and international adoption placements in the last year. International adoption placements are also up, by 66 percent, and the organization has had 5,000 additional intercountry adoption inquiries compared to the same six-month time period in 2009, totaling an unprecedented 10,567 inquiries. Domestic infant adoption inquiries are also higher than in 2009. The agency ascribes these rates to global crises, including the earthquake in Haiti. [Source: PR Newswire]

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