Blaming requirements they agreed to in the first place, state officials are canceling an $11.5 million federal grant program intended to help find homes for older, hard-to-place foster children. -By Mary K. Reinhart, The Republic | azcentral.com
Adoptee-rights advocates expect legislation to be introduced soon that would change a law that has long banned original birth-certificate access to thousands of Ohioans. -By Rita Price/The Columbus Dispatch
A birth father has been given custody of his nearly 2-year-old daughter in what could be the end of a legal tug-of-war between him and the girl's adoptive parents. -SF Gate
The bitter legal struggle of an American couple to adopt a Korean baby is touching on nationalist and ethnic sensitivities in South Korea. -By Donald Kirk|The Christian Science Monitor
The Obama administration said Friday it was pulling out of a civil society dialogue with Russia to protest the Kremlin's crackdown on dissent and new laws against nongovernmental organizations. -By BRADLEY KLAPPER|Associated Press
Program participants regularly visit schools and work one-on-one with children that have needs. One grandparent can be paired with up to five or six children at a time. -By Han Cheung/Rawlins Daily Times
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The number of foreign children adopted by Americans has plunged to its lowest level in more than a decade as some countries have cut back on adoptions to the United States and others have struggled to meet stricter standards intended to combat corruption and child trafficking. -By Rachel L. Swarns/NY Times
Arizona’s largest mental-health contractor is under orders from state health officials to improve services for foster children after an investigation showed kids and families have been shortchanged for the past three years. -By Mary K. Reinhart, The Republic|azcentral.com
The deal struck at the beginning of they year to avert the fiscal cliff restored the adoption tax credit and made it permanent, which is good news for parents. -By Bonnie Lee/FOXBusiness
The Kremlin suddenly announced Thursday evening that a new law banning adoptions by Americans would not go into effect for another year, as criticism of the measure galvanizes the flagging opposition here. -By Will Englund/The Washington Post
The ramifications could be significant, as Russia has served as the largest outlet for children to be adopted into the United States for more than two decades. -By Scott Hamilton/Winston-Salem Journal
They will meet for the first time in February, when Betush and her husband, Bob, plan to fly to Arizona for a two-week visit. -By Kaitlynn Riely, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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