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Ebola orphans struggle to resume their lives

Conakry - Saa Mathias Lenoh, a high school student in the Guinean capital Conakry, says he's "learning to smile little by little," like thousands of other youngsters orphaned by Ebola in west Africa.

Child trafficking is rife in Nepal - legitimate orphanages suffer

Kathmandu - Due to widespread corruption and child trafficking, the Nepalese government currently has a freeze on international child adoption to Western countries. There have been rampant cases of abuse, false statements and fake documents.

Nova Scotians encouraged to adopt children

Halifax - November is Adoption Awareness Month across Canada and the United States. Even though recruitment efforts are made year-round, during November families are encouraged to consider adopting a child.

Angelina Jolie returns to Haiti fueling adoption speculation

Port-au-prince - Angelina Jolie returned to Haiti over the weekend to assess the progress of the work that has been accomplished since the earthquake hit this island country. Jolie has recently dispelled rumors that Jolie-Pitt have an adoption in progress in Haiti.

US Missionary in Haiti convicted, sent home

Port-au-prince - Laura Silsby, originally charged with kidnapping, criminal association along with nine other missionaries was convicted of arranging illegal travel under a 1980 statute restricting movement out of Haiti. She was then set free and put on a plane home.

Op-Ed: Russian Orphans’ Heartbreak of Adoption

Moscow - It’s not simply a domestic dilemma, and may become an international crisis. Adopting a child is a lifetime commitment and not an import/export business transaction. A child should not and cannot be treated as return merchandise without a sales receipt.

'Lawyer' for Baptists accused of taking Haitian children arrested

Jorge Puello came to the attention of the world after he volunteered to represent 10 American Baptists, held by Haitian authorities after the religious group was accused of child trafficking in January.

10 People Arrested for Haiti/Dominican Crossing

A group of 10 adults and 33 children were stopped today while trying to cross the boarder from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. It is possible that as many as six Americans may be part of the group.

Haitian 'Orphans' at risk for trafficking

Before the quake, nearly a quarter of a million children were traded by their parents in exchange for school tuition, while a further third of a million were simply discarded and lived in orphanages. Now, experts fear, they may be sold by the thousands.

Kitezh, A Fairytale Village For 30 Russian Orphans

An orphanage in Moscow is trying to make life a fairy tale for their young charges. Kitezh is located 190 miles southwest of Moscow. It houses those that have seen way too many horrors for their tender years.

Exclusive: Going Inside the AIDS and Orphan Epidemic in South Africa

As a university student curious about the world, I left my home near Toronto, Canada and flew to South Africa. For weeks now I've seen AIDS, extreme poverty and a plague of orphans. This is your intimate look at today's South Africa.

Study: International Adoptions Cause Rise in the Number of Orphans

Psychologists at the University of Liverpool say that 'Madonna-style' inter-country adoptions are causing a rise in the number of children in orphanages.

Voice of the Orphan

Learn About the Issue Many orphans and waiting children worldwide have lost their parents due to armed conflict or disease, such as AIDS. In some countries, however, children are increasingly abandoned at alarming rates due to poverty, restrictive popu

Abused Orphans To Get Compensation

TORONTO — Canadian children who were moved to mental institutions by officials to get more federal money have accepted a compensation offer for abuse they suffered, decades after their ordeal. The so-called ``Duplessis orphans'' decided to take the..

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