The lazy blogger

Albion Winegar Tourgee. – History you should know. Tourgee served as chief counsel in Plessy v. Ferguson, which upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation (“separate but equal”).  By the way, I think I’m going to name my rock band “Contemptible Friend.”

‘El Salvador families seek adoption answers’ – What does adoption mean to first parents?

Left alone to bring up four young children, her mother did not know where to turn for help.

Then a brother mentioned a lawyer he knew who arranged adoptions abroad for Salvadorean children. At first Graciela refused to listen, but later acquiesced.

“It was the fear and the uncertainty that convinced me, that and the bombs,” she said quietly. In August of that same year, she travelled to the capital to meet the lawyer and one of the Italian families.

In the lobby of an upmarket hotel, Graciela said farewell first to Silvia, then to Martina.

“The lawyer said they [the adoptive parents] would bring Martina and Silvia back every seven years and would send photos each year. After about a year, a year and a half, I heard nothing,” she said.

A Determined Quest to Bring Adoptive Ties to Foster Teenagers – An interesting read in light of recent events in Haiti:

But scores of foster and adoption agencies around the country have found that assertive efforts relying on the Internet, the telephone, advertisements and, in a some cases like this one, door-to-door questioning by full-time investigators, can turn up dozens of relatives for almost any child. Many of them turn out to be willing to help nieces, nephews and grandchildren they had never seen.“The lost relatives are a largely untapped resource for adoption,” said Melanie Scheetz, director of the nonprofit Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition here, which employs Mr. Lopez. “The system has overlooked all these amazing, strong people who are out there and willing to help.”

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