Never before has a US war dragged on as long as the US deployment in Afghanistan. And for soldiers who signed up right before or right after the conflict began, that means the prospect of serving their entire 20-year commitment moving from deployment to deployment.
When Ayesha and Marco D'Souza started the adoption process, they knew some baby girls in India were not even allowed to be born because of sex selection. And they know that some view girls as a burden. Still, they weren’t choosing a girl out of charity, they say. They just wanted a daughter.
Danielle and Alexander Meitive of Silver Spring, Maryland, think their kids should be allowed to play in their neighborhood without being constantly watched. But the state of Maryland disagrees, and has threatened to take their children away — a threat that may be far more damaging than just the risks of playing alone.
Guatemala shut down international adoptions in 2008. Before that, US families adopted some 30,000 Guatemalan children. Now those kids are growing up, and some want a connection with their birth families. Enter "searchers," who will try to track down birth families for a fee. But as one adoptive mom found out, that process can be difficult — and it's as unregulated as international adoption itself once was in Guatemala.