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  • The Unwanted Children of Russia

    "ABC News 20/20's (story) exposed the institutionalized system of neglect, even abuse, enclosing and stunting the lives of tens of thousands of abandoned children in (Russia.) ... (an) undercover investigation, spending time at a balanced range of institutions... The report uncovers handicapped children virtually imprisoned in their beds. Other, apparently healthy, children are officially labeled as 'imbeciles,' and institutionalized, possibly for life. Babies are warehoused in roach-infested hospital cribs, some for as long as two years, without stimulation, and kept on limited diets to reduce the number of diaper changes required. Strong sedatives are used to control, even punish children..."
  • Guatemalan Adoptions

    Through sources in Guatemala, KSTP-TV discovered women there who claimed their babies were stolen from them and placed in orphanages for international adoption. KSTP-TV also found that the head of a Minneapolis adoption agency had done business with a suspected baby trafficker and had invited a Guatemalan judge to Minneapolis who played a key role in declaring babies abandoned.
  • When Foreign Adoption Goes Wrong

    Six years ago, Clevelander Margaret Cole started an agency that has grown to be a major player in foreign adoption. But Cole is facing accusations from parents and professionals who say the agency provides flawed medical records and limited support.