'Re-homing' to be topic of U.S. Senate hearing

A children's play area sits outside the back door of Melissa and Todd Puchalla's Kiel, Wisconsin, farm houseBy Megan Twohey NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate subcommittee will hear testimony Tuesday about how the federal government can stop parents from transferring custody of their adopted children to strangers met on the Internet. State laws that restrict the advertising and custody transfers of children rarely prescribe criminal sanctions and are frequently ignored. Lawmakers in those states noted that the absence of government safeguards can result in children ending up in the care of abusers. The focus will be on how the federal government can help state and local officials identify and prevent cases of re-homing, as well as child trafficking.   Some child advocates say that congressional action is needed to restrict re-homing.

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