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Putin signs anti-US adoptions bill

December 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, abruptly terminating the prospects for more than 50 youngsters preparing to join new families and sparking critics to liken him to King Herod. Continue Reading

Former West Fargo couple face six-week nightmare getting back their son (VIDEO)

April 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In June 2010, Kalvin Gruel’s son Tommy, adopted at birth nine months earlier, had a seizure. It was the latest in a long line of medical issues for Tommy, who had struggled since birth with weak connective tissue and a skull too big for his body and growing all the time. But the hospital staff suspected his eye hemorrhages and brain bleeding were instead signs of a shaken baby, and contacted Clay County Social Services. A week and a half after the seizure, the agency claimed Tommy and his older sister Kaylee were living in a dangerous environment and took custody of both children. Continue Reading

Fargo couple face adversity for adopted son

April 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

One day, Leah Greuel hopes and believes her son. Tommy. will be able to walk without risking his life. He’ll be able to run maybe not with grace, but without fearing that a stumble will batter his brain. His neck will be strong enough to hold his head upright for more than a few minutes at a time. Continue Reading

Russia wants to suspend U.S. adoptions following string of crimes committed by American adoptive parents

February 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is asking the government to suspend adoptions of Russian children by U.S. nationals following an “incessant string of crimes” allegedly committed by American adoptive parents.
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17 Kids Adopted in ND, 7 in Grand Forks

November 19, 2011 in WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) – It was a special Saturday for thousands of families.

National Adoption Day helped 17 children find new families in North Dakota. Seven of those adoptions were finalized in Grand Forks. Continue Reading

Minnesota high court: State, not White Earth band, must preside over adoption

October 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In the 4-2 decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed two earlier orders granting the White Earth Band of Ojibwe permission to handle within trial court the adoption of an Indian child whose parents’ rights were terminated. Continue Reading