In 2014, 186 children from foreign countries were adopted by Minnesota residents. Those adoptions followed one of two processes: Hague Convention or non-Convention ("orphan"). As we said in our June 19, 2015, post, the adoption must follow Minnesota law, federal law and the laws of the child's home country, but whether the home country is a party to the Hague Convention will affect each step along the way.
Famine, flood, disease -- when the people of other countries suffer a disaster, the world seems to turn its attention to the plight of the children. Homeless, alone, their parents dead, missing or desperate, these children need help. Often, that help will come, in any number of forms from multiple sources. Adoption by individuals and families from other countries may be among them.
At a certain age, you begin to think about some of the decisions you've made over the years. At times, you may ask yourself, "What was I thinking?" In some cases, you can honestly say, "It seemed like a good idea at the time." It's over and done with; now it's time to move on.
Minnesota is approaching an important anniversary: Two years ago this August, same-sex marriage became legal here. We became the 12th state to allow same-sex couples to enjoy the same rights and privileges as opposite-sex couples. Now, same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states and the District of Columbia.