Gender & Sexuality

Left in Limbo

Adoptive parents on the verge of bringing home a child from Nepal come face to face with the consequences of adoption corruption and fraud.
Karuna Nepali was on the verge of being adopted by a US couple when her parents, who had placed her only temporarily in an orphanage, reclaimed her. | Credit: NEED TO KNOW

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

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For Dee Dee Milton and 70 other 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.

Need to Know traveled to Nepal to meet an American adoptive parent who is fighting to bring her adopted child home, as well as Nepalese biological parents whose child was put up for adoption without their consent.

Correspondent: Habiba Nosheen.

Producers: Habiba Nosheen and Lisa Desai.

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Research support for this segment was provided by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

About the reporters

Habiba Nosheen

Habiba Nosheen

Habiba Nosheen is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker.

Lisa Desai

Lisa Desai

Lisa Desai is an Emmy-nominated journalist based in New York City.