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Birth Moms Sometimes Face Adoption Fraud Charges The Baltimore Sun

Birth Moms Sometimes Face Adoption Fraud Charges

But defense attorneys question why lawyers involved in the deals that go sour never face scrutiny.

Marshallese Adoptions Fuel A Lucrative Practice For Some Lawyers April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Marshallese Adoptions Fuel A Lucrative Practice For Some Lawyers

U.S. and Marshall Islands officials say the law clearly bars women from traveling to America to give up babies for adoption. But some attorneys are still taking advantage of lax oversight and willing families.

Native American Families Once Faced A Similar Adoption Crisis www.srmt-nsn.gov

Native American Families Once Faced A Similar Adoption Crisis

Experts say Marshallese adoptions would benefit from the rules put in place to stop adoption abuse and cultural loss in Native American tribes.

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

Why A Crackdown On This Growing Adoption Pipeline Just Hasn’t Worked

Adoption advocates, hospital workers, even judges are at a loss when it comes to stopping illegal adoptions that are delivering babies from the Marshall Islands to U.S. families.

There’s A Distinct Disconnect Between American And Marshallese Adoptions Sarah Holm/Civil Beat

There’s A Distinct Disconnect Between American And Marshallese Adoptions

In the U.S., it’s common for an adopted child to lose contact with birth parents. In the Marshall Islands, adopted children return to the birth family when they are 18 if not sooner.

Hawaii Couple Faces Deportation Of Adopted Sons With Down Syndrome

Hawaii Couple Faces Deportation Of Adopted Sons With Down Syndrome

A federal agency says their parents, Ryan and Francheska Grogan, failed to prove the adoptions met legal requirements

Forecasting Hurricanes In The ‘Cone Of Uncertainty’ Is A Rough Challenge NASA

Forecasting Hurricanes In The ‘Cone Of Uncertainty’ Is A Rough Challenge

Meteorologists get plenty of data to predict a storm’s path, but even minor fluctuations in models can mean a world of difference.

3 Incumbent Lawmakers Lose State Legislative Seats Cory Lum/Civil Beat

3 Incumbent Lawmakers Lose State Legislative Seats

Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, as well as Reps. Cindy Evans and Lei Learmont, lost their re-election efforts.

Adding To This Patient’s Pain — A $350 Bill For Paperwork Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Adding To This Patient’s Pain — A $350 Bill For Paperwork

An attorney for those seeking disability payments says Kaiser’s fees for filling out doctors’ forms create a big burden.