Village of Hope orphanage co-founder Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr. faces charges on 47 felony counts stemming from his alleged sexual abuse of children he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia, other teenaged female relatives and a final unrelated teenage girl in Ethiopia.
The potential crimes first came to light last March, see Ethiopia orphanage co-founder charged [...]
At a time when overall inter-country adoptions here in the US have been declining, cheaper adoptions from Ethiopia have become an exploding new center of the market.
Just six years ago, at the peak of international adoption, there were 284 Ethiopian children among the 22,990 foreign kids adopted by Americans. For the 2010 fiscal [...]
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC’s) Foreign Correspondent programe did a special report on corruption in American adoptions from Ethiopia last Autumn which featured Christian World Adoption Agency (be sure to note that CWA’s Founder, Tomilee Harding, is a former President of the Joint Council of International Children’s Services):
Fly Away Children, Broadcast: 09/15/2009
In Australia, due to [...]
Yet still more Alerts and notices from the U.S. State Department concerning Intercountry adoptions.
Ongoing corruption and falsified paperwork in Nepal, a suspension, pending a review of adoptions from Swaziland, and child buying and selling, errrr “media reports alleging direct recruitment” in Ethiopia.
Caution About Pursuing an Adoption in Nepal March 4, 2010
The U.S. Department of [...]
As part of the Mother’s Day-a-palooza all over the net Sunday, Slate included a piece focusing on international adoption corruption with profiles of ten cases,
The Orphan Trade, A look at families affected by corrupt international adoptions.
As always, the article leads off with an assumption, that most couples would never willingly participate in the act of [...]