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“Trafficking in Persons Report 2008–Liberia,” United States Department of State, June 2008.

"An Assessment of Inter Country Adoption Laws, Policies and Practices in Liberia,” UNICEF and Holt International Children’s Services, 2007.

This study concludes that “many children who are not legitimately eligible are suspected of entering the adoption system through fraudulent means, mostly through false promises designed to deceive birth parents into relinquishing them.”

“A Report on the Human Rights Situation in Liberia,” United Nations Mission in Liberia, May-October 2007.

This report concluded that some orphanages were still operating as for-profit ventures, putting children at risk. (See page 8 of the report for information about problems in Liberian orphanages.)

"Orphanage Assessment Report," Sophie T. Parwan for the Child Protection Network Task Force headed by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Liberia June 2006.

This report covers the period from August 2005 to June 2006 and highlights major activities implemented in relation to the child protection term of reference in collaboration with Child Protection Network Task Force headed by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. This exercise was supported by UNICEF/Liberia to create capacity building that would enhance child welfare and protection of children in orphanages in Liberia. This summary presents an overview of care and services provided to children in orphanages throughout the country. Also, included in this report are some recommendations for consideration; and if adopted and implemented, which could improve Children's Rights and fundamental care and protection of children in orphanages.

NOTE: This page from the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism website offers documentation of and background about serious irregularities in international adoption. For the systemic analysis of corruption in international adoption, please read “The Lie We Love,” Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008, and visit our webpages dedicated to international adoption. For ideas about fairer policy solutions, please read “The Baby Business,” Democracy Journal, Summer 2010.

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