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February 13, 1999 | Associated Press
Five children who were orphaned when their mother and snake-handling evangelist father died of snakebites were put in the custody Friday of both sets of grandparents. The children's paternal grandfather also is a serpent-handling preacher. Juvenile Court Judge John Bell settled a dispute over custody of the youngsters, ages 4 to 12, by deciding they will spend the school year with grandparents in Georgia and vacations with grandparents in Tennessee.
August 31, 1986 | ANN HEROLD
Life looked bleak for seven orphan brothers in Georgia who were separated by death, poverty and a fire that destroyed a house trailer. But Jack Hodge, who initiated a nationwide fund-raising effort through his Gainesville church, said he has collected $42,000. A home-builders association is constructing a new four-bedroom home for the boys, a developer has agreed to furnish the home and offers of adoption, education, money and household goods are pouring in, Hodge said.
In a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of town, Daniel and Justin Forrest are trying to rebuild their lives. The two brothers, 9 and 10, captured the hearts of thousands of Southern Californians three months ago, when they and their older brother, Shem, were injured and orphaned in a Pomona car crash on their way to their grandmother's funeral. After Pomona firefighters broadcast an appeal for help, more than $105,000 in donations poured in.
July 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
People who were moved to mental institutions by Quebec officials seeking more federal money have accepted a compensation offer from the province for abuse they suffered decades ago. The 1,000 surviving so-called Duplessis orphans--named for Maurice Duplessis, who was premier of Quebec in the 1940s and '50s--will receive about $16,650 each.
September 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Leaders of two evangelical Christian organizations are urging churches to observe the first Orphan Sunday on Oct. 5. The inaugural observance is designed to focus the attention of congregations on the growing number of orphans in need of care across the globe. "Orphan Sunday is a movement. It isn't an actual organization," said Gary Schneider, head of Orphan Sunday and president of Every Orphan's Hope. Schneider, whose Round Hill, Va.
January 24, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations Children's Fund said it reached an agreement with China to start an $850,000 training program to improve the care of orphans and disabled children in Chinese institutions. China has scrambled in the last two weeks to deny a report by Human Rights Watch/Asia that charges widespread abuses in its orphanages.
June 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty-one war orphans left for Vietnam to commemorate the 30th anniversary of "Operation Babylift," in which 3,000 Vietnamese children were airlifted to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War. Atlanta-based World Airways arranged to fly the adoptees to Vietnam. As Saigon was falling in early April 1975, a World Airways flight took off under cover of night with 57 children on board. Thousands more children followed in the next few weeks.
June 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Twenty children who lost their parents during the Iraq war will travel to the mountains of southern Poland this month for a 10-day vacation sponsored by the Polish military and a charity, a military officer said Monday. The 10 boys and 10 girls, ages 10 to 12, live in orphanages in the south-central Iraqi city of Hillah. "I would like the children to see a nation without a war, without a conflict," said Lt. Col. Cezary Kiszkowiak of the Polish-led international force in Iraq.
May 18, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Watching helplessly as a desperate crowd gathered around his truck in Haiti earlier this month, Fernando Pullum began to fear he had made a terrible mistake. The Los Angeles musician and educator had gone there to take food to orphans left homeless by the devastating earthquake. But all he saw were menacing-looking men. "They looked like the Sopranos," Pullum said. "I'm thinking maybe we got shown some bogus pictures of orphans and we just got suckered into driving all this way to bring food to these adults."
A Culver City woman who claimed hundreds of Afghan women and children are on their way to the United States now admits they don't exist. Speaking through her husband, she apologized for "building up the hopes in people wanting to adopt Afghan orphans."
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