The U.S. State Department has suspended adoption of abandoned Nepalese children, citing numerous examples of unreliable and possibly fraudulent documents.

For American families who were in the midst of finalizing adoptions from Nepal, the new U.S. policy left them in limbo. The onus was now on those families to prove that the child they wanted to adopt is a legitimate orphan. Habiba Nosheen traveled to Nepal to meet American adoptive parents who are fighting to bring their adopted children home, as well as Nepalese biological parents whose children were put up for adoption without their consent.


Image by Anup Kaphle. Nepal, 2010.
After being sold in the brothels of India for as little as $300, many Nepali girls who have been rescued from sex trafficking are now finding ways to empower themselves in their home country.


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"To Adopt A Child" is runner-up for a 2012 Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, short form video category.