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Advocates for adopted children decry 'private re-homing'
Advocates for adopted children decry 'private re-homing'

Child-care advocates asked Congress on Tuesday to do more to protect adopted children — often foreign-born and suffering from behavioral problems — who are being given away to people solicited over the Internet by adoptive parents who no longer want them. The Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families hearing was the first time the chamber has examined the issue of "private re-homing," and several lawmakers said they were disturbed by the practice. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), the subcommittee chairwoman, said children were being "shuffled around to homes and families that their adoptive parents have never met and who, in some cases, have a history of child abuse...