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Dec 7, 2010

A new report from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families reveals some new trends in adoption in the state, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

In recent years, the state has seen more adoptions of older children and more adoptions of children in groups.

"We're seeing more sibling groups adopted together," Erika Monroe-Kane, the communications director for the Department of Children and Families, told the source.

Nov 29, 2010

A Lexington, Kentucky couple has adopted two babies from Florida in the span of eight days, sparking commentary on a rare case of what is known in adoption circles as "artificial twinning."

The Miami Herald reports that the couple, Jeffrey and LaRaine Dail Rice, adopted Christopher and Elizabeth - born June 30 and November 1, respectively - earlier this month.

"It is rare, definitely rare," Brenda Riddle, executive director of Lexington adoption agency AdoptInc., told the source.

Similarly, the Rices' attorney told the source that he had never

Nov 16, 2010

The Fourth Judicial District of Iowa has announced its plans to participate in the upcoming National Adoption Day, according to WOWT.

The adoption-focused efforts will be centered at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse, which is just one of hundreds of locations participating in National Adoption Day.

The idea behind National Adoption Day began in 1998 when a judge working in a California juvenile court decided to hold "Adoption Saturdays." These days were dedicated to expediting the placement of children for whom new adoptive homes had been found, as placement was

Nov 5, 2010

The number of U.S. foreign adoptions is close to a six-year low as a result of greater overseas barriers and a decrease in orphans coming from an increasingly wealthy China, according to Susan Jacobs, the U.S. Special Adviser for Children's Issues.

In a telephone interview with Bloomberg, Jacobs said that total adoptions in the U.S.

Oct 27, 2010

Lisa Albers Prock, a Harvard Medical School assistant professor, recently discussed the impact of neglect and adoption on children, the Harvard Crimson reports.

At an event organized by the Harvard China Care, which is a student organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children abandoned or orphaned in the country, Prock spoke about a variety of issues regarding American adoptions of Chinese-born children.

Among the issues Prock discussed were psychological concerns facing both the children and the adopting parents as well as the poor conditions of many orphan