Thursday, April 26, 2007

CNN Radio Reviews New Adoption Rules in Ever-changing ‘Baby Market’

CNN Pressroom - CNN anchor Rick Sanchez guides listeners through the shifting maze of rules, red tape and protocol involving adoption for the network’s latest hour-long program, “The Baby Market.” Along the way, CNN Radio listeners discover how new bureaucratic delays cause children to suffer and to remain in orphanages or foster care for even longer periods of time.

This program will be available to affiliates on Friday, April 27, at 10 a.m. (ET) and will be produced by CNN Radio supervising producer Sherri Maksin.

In “The Baby Market,” the people most intimately involved in the adoption process – adoption lawyers, agency representatives, adoption advocates and parents – explain the differences between domestic and international adoption, debate the issue of whether adopted children should have access to their birth records and if reunions with birth parents are a good idea. They also help explain the latest changes in adoption procedures, including:

· China’s stricter policies on international adoptions, going into effect on Tuesday, May 1, which forbade obese and single people from adopted Chinese children;

· Lengthy delays facing Americans wanting to adopt from Russia; and

· A recent U.S. government recommendation that Americans not adopt children from Guatemala due to rampant corruption and fraud in that country.

Guests include CNN correspondent John Vause, who reports about the adoption market from Beijing; Aaron Britvan, an adoption attorney and co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s adoption committee; Tom DiFilipo, president of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services; Adam Pertman, executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute; and a number of adoptive parents.

“The Baby Market” also will be available on’s podcasting page, which can be found at, and at CNN’s dedicated space on iTunes. Additionally, CNN Radio programming, including long-form programs, can be heard streamed for the Web on the home page.

CNN Radio is a full-service network, providing its approximately 2,000 worldwide affiliates with the latest information in news, sports and business. Utilizing CNN’s 36 bureaus worldwide, CNN Radio offers an unmatched menu of actualities and reports through satellite feeds and an affiliate-accessible Web site. CNN Radio is based in CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, with personnel, including radio-only correspondents, located at the CNN bureau in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York. CNN Radio programming is distributed exclusively for radio broadcast in the United States by Westwood One. CNN Radio audio can also be heard via a link on the Web site.

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