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Topic - Chuck Johnson
A supplement to Mayor Jacques Roy's salary dominated discussion at a contentious Alexandria City Council committee meeting.
Lance Cpl. Christopher Mohedano-Hernandez found special significance in being formally adopted during a Christmas Eve ceremony held in a suburban New York courtroom.
U.S.-based advocates of international adoption, who have grown accustomed to discouraging news in recent years, have a new cause for dismay: A bill moving through Russia's parliament would bar Americans from adopting Russian children.
Following the international uproar last year over an unwanted 7-year-old Russian boy being sent home — unaccompanied — by his would-be adoptive American mother, U.S. and Russian officials are poised this week to sign a pact allowing intercountry adoption to resume fully, but with significant new restrictions in place.
"There is something about having that legal process to verify what happened in your heart," Johnson said.
He said because the cases involve adults, state adoption and child welfare agencies do not keep accurate statistics, but he confirmed there have been reports of increases in recent years.