Cancellation of the Accreditation of Joshua Tree Adoptions, Feb 20, 2020 Marisa Kwiatkowski is a reporter on the USA TODAY investigations team, focusing primarily on children and social services. “It’s physically, emotionally, mentally just draining,” Druesedow said. Update for Accredited Adoption Service Providers on Intercountry Adoption in India, Oct 5, 2018 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States About Blog MLJ Adoptions is a Hague Accredited international adoption agency! Alert: Reports of Child-Buying Operations in Nigeria, Apr 7, 2014 Suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption lifted. The Department of State Strongly Recommends Against Adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Apr 6, 2017 Alert: Adverse Action taken by Council on Accreditation towards Saint Mary's International Adoption. I just wish I could die and not wake up.’, “But I can’t say that. Libberton’s journey toward citizenship has been incredibly painful. Druesedow said she’s had a car stolen, a gun held to her head and she was threatened at knifepoint. I can’t say that out loud to anybody because I don’t want them to worry.”. Reminder: Senegal’s Suspension on Intercountry Adoption Continues, Dec 21, 2018 In fact, in the U.S. especially, international adoption rates have plummeted—from about 25,000 in 2004 to less than 13,000 in 2009. May 3, 2017 A bipartisan bill now pending in Congress would provide U.S. citizenship to people who had been adopted as children by U.S. citizens — but the legislation is unlikely to move forward this session. Croatia Adoption Notice: U.S. Her mother died earlier this year. Suspension of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, DBA Catholic Family Center (Catholic Family Center), Sep 16, 2019 In March 2006, Druesedow was deported to Jamaica — a country she hadn’t seen since she was 6 years old. Temporary Cessation of Nightlight Christian Adoptions in Ukraine, Jun 6, 2018 MLJ Adoptions Accreditation Relinquishment, Mar 2, 2020 Adopted from Iran when she was 2, a California woman learned she was not a U.S. citizen at 38, after she applied for a passport. Temporary Suspension of Michael S. Goldstein, Esq.’s Approval, May 22, 2016 Libberton said he feels like he’s losing his country, his identity, even his name. Adoption Notice: Clarifications Related to Soft Referrals, Dec 11, 2019 He and his wife said their biggest fear is deportation. Christian Family Services Accreditation Relinquishment, Oct 28, 2019 Alessi, of the Adoptee Rights Campaign, was adopted from South Korea in 1967. Intercountry Adoption News and Notices, Dec 31, 2020 Update on Processing Times for South African Birth Certificates and Passports, Jun 21, 2019 They may be denied driver's licenses, loans, work, health care and the right to vote, according to Adoptee Rights Campaign. Update: Ethiopia Suspension of Adoptions, May 9, 2017 Adoption Notice: Temporary Suspension of Chinese Children Adoption International, Mar 14, 2018 South Africa: Continued Delays and Uncertainties, Oct 16, 2020 Little Miracles International, Inc. Cancellation of the Accreditation of Open Seas Adoption Services, Inc. Nov 7, 2019 Latvia Adoption Notice: Post Adoption Report, Sep 22, 2017 Ukraine: Measles Vaccinations for Immigrant Visa Applicants. Cancellation of the Accreditation of Voice for International Development and Adoption, Mar 14, 2018 Over the past several years, international adoption decline is a tragic reality in the adoption community. Accreditation Relinquishment, May 1, 2018 Adoptions from Rwanda, May 13, 2019 It’s such an insult to my father’s service to this country as to how they’re treating me. Often, adoptees didn’t discover they were not U.S. citizens until they applied for passports, student loans or security clearances. The Board of Immigration Appeals found that the statute Druesedow’s attorney cited did not apply because her parents had not gotten her naturalized before her 18th birthday, federal records show. Honduras: Transition Cases, Sep 6, 2019 She said she applied for a U.S. visa through her mother in 2015. Americans began to adopt internationally in significant numbers after World War II, Kunz said, starting with orphans in Europe and expanding as a result of the Korean War. Termination of the Temporary Cessation of CCAI’s China Adoption Program, Oct 22, 2019 Temporary Suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption (SMIA), Nov 8, 2015 It was the first of three punishments he’ll face for arranging adoptions prohibited by an international compact. Kristopher Larsen, executive director of Adoptees for Justice, said many deported adoptees struggle to find jobs and housing. INDIA: Important New Guidance from CI for ASPs with Intercountry Adoption Programs in India. A judge finalized the adoption Sept. 17, 2003, when Albright was 15, adoption records show. Cancellation of the Accreditation of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Mar 31, 2020 Citizenship and Immigration Services Travel to Nepal, Sep 11, 2014 Haiti: Resumption of Adoption Visa Processing, Feb 21, 2019 She said her parents had always assumed she was a U.S. citizen. Saint Mary International Adoption’s Renewal of Accreditation, Nov 25, 2020 Some things are fixable.”. Sierra Leone Adoption Notice: Suspension Not Extended Past June 3, 2019, Jul 12, 2019 “But this … seems like a simple fix to me. Guyana Transition Cases, Jun 6, 2019 Angeldance International Accreditation Expiration, Apr 10, 2020 Adoption Notice: Temporary Suspension of Adopt Abroad Incorporated, Mar 13, 2018 Contact her at mkwiatko@usatoday.com, @byMarisaK or by phone, Signal or WhatsApp at (317) 207-2855. India Adoption Notice: Updated Requirements for Indian Intercountry Adoption Procedures, Jan 11, 2018 Misrepresentations of IAAME on Social Media, Mar 15, 2018 Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Seoul Field Office, Aug 13, 2019 Adverse Action taken by Council on Accreditation towards Huminska's Anioly, Inc. Aug 29, 2011 Kyrgyzstan’s Reauthorization of Adoption Service Providers, Mar 12, 2019 A child must be a lawful permanent resident in order to qualify. Department of State Designates Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity, Inc. as an Accrediting Entity, Aug 4, 2017 Adoption Notice: A New Arrival Inc. – Accreditation Cancellation, Sep 19, 2017 The Datz Foundation Accreditation Expiration, Feb 18, 2020 The longest tradition of international adoption comes from South Korea. It took effect Feb. 27, 2001. Apr 2, 2018 Aug 6th 2016. He and others in his situation are left dealing with the aftermath. Spotlight on Post-Adoption Reporting, May 15, 2018 Withdrawal of certain Department-filed Complaints related to Home Studies. Share June 10, 2020 . Alessi, director of Adoptee Rights Campaign, said she’s concerned about adult adoptees not covered by the Child Citizenship Act. It’s an injustice that’s just never been corrected. Suspension of Shepherd Care Ministries DBA Adoption by Shepherd Care, Oct 1, 2019 News Contact Birth Family Search in Colombia and Romania. Adoption Notice: Pursuing a UK Passport for an Adopted Child, Jun 16, 2017 Libberton said he and his wife became uncomfortable when the attorney asked him to lie to the immigration officer about whether he had previously identified himself as a U.S. citizen on employment paperwork and whether he had voted. Hope’s Promise Accreditation Relinquishment. Or lawyers, judges or adoption agencies mistakenly told parents their children would automatically become American citizens once the adoption was finalized by the state. “My name, you know, whether they gave it to me correctly or not, that’s who I am,” he said. The most painful loss for her — and for many other adoptees — was the loss of security. National Adoption Month 2018, Nov 9, 2018 Adoption Notice: Diplomacy and Law Enforcement Unite to Dismantle Major International Adoption Fraud Scheme, Oct 20, 2017 Adoptions from Guyana after June 1, 2019, May 29, 2019 International adoption can help tip the balance a little closer to center. Nov 24, 2015 Temporary Suspension of Saint Mary International Adoption (SMIA) Nov 8, 2015 Haiti Adoption Notice: U.S. Temporary Suspension of Villa Hope, Feb 17, 2016 Adoption Notice: Adoptions from Ghana after January 1, 2017, Dec 16, 2016 “Some of the laws obviously aren’t perfect and can’t be perfect,” Taylor Libberton said. Supension of Joshua Tree Adoptions Inc. lifted. Suspension of Christian Family Services, Sep 4, 2019 Some didn’t know until they applied for Social Security, or when they enlisted in the military. Adoption Matters, Inc. Adoption Notice: Post-Adoption Reports, Apr 12, 2017 Nepal Adoption Notice: Update on Adoptions in Nepal, Feb 2, 2011 Aug 8, 2011 Honduras Ratifies the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, Apr 22, 2019 However, all of those in violation of immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States.”. Adoption Notice: Guidance on Supervising Foreign Providers, Mar 21, 2016 Haiti Adoption Notice: Update on Haitian Intercountry Adoptions Following U.S. Government Trip to Port-au-Prince, Oct 1, 2015 Cambodia Adoption Notice: Update on Status of Intercountry Adoptions from Cambodia, Dec 22, 2015 Termination of the Temporary Cessation of Hand in Hand, Inc.’s China Adoption Program, Apr 13, 2020 Adoption Service Provider Authorization Requirements, Aug 17, 2020 We provide support before, during & after adoption to families in all fifty states. International Families, Inc. Hague Accreditation canceled, Feb 17, 2014 Notice: European Adoption Consultants, Inc. Libberton, who was adopted shortly before his second birthday, said he thought little of the fact that he’d been born in Colombia. Changes to Ukrainian Civil Code affect timeframes for adoptions, Jan 29, 2018 U.S. Albright said he learned he didn’t have citizenship years later when he applied for a passport. You are about to leave travel.state.gov for an external website that is not maintained by the U.S. Department of State. You lose your religion. Adoption Notice: Notice of ASP Closure – Embraced by Grace, Aug 25, 2017 Mineola, NY 11501 Tel: (516) 747-2204 Fax: (516) 747-2505 [email protected] Haiti Adoption Notice: Update to Strike Delays Processing of Intercountry Adoptions, Sep 12, 2017 If you wish to remain on travel.state.gov, click the "cancel" message. Notice: Kenyan press reports of ban on adoption by foreigners, Nov 7, 2014 Notice: Update on details of Moratorium on Intercountry Adoptions in Kenya, Mar 18, 2015 Creative Adoptions, Inc. Adoption Notice: Adoption Service Provider Accreditation/Approval Expiration or Relinquishment, May 4, 2017 She said her citizenship status never came up in 1993, when she pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument and larceny. The number of international adoptions has plummeted over the past two decades, from a high of 22,986 adoptions in fiscal year 2004 to 2,971 in fiscal 2019, federal statistics show. When she was 25, her application for a passport was denied. Republic of the Congo Accedes to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, Dec 20, 2019 Cancellation of the Accreditation of Adoptions International, Inc. (of Texas), Aug 20, 2019 International Family Services, Inc.'s Accreditation Suspended, Jun 25, 2014 Benin accedes to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, Jul 13, 2018 Haiti: Judicial Strike Delays Processing of Intercountry Adoptions, Jun 3, 2019 The Americans who adopted her were living in Iran while her adoptive father worked on a telecommunications system under contract with the U.S. government. “It’s an injustice that’s just never been corrected,” Alessi said. Adoption Notice: IAG Employees Sentenced for Adoption Fraud Schemes, Sep 19, 2017 Notice: Update on Intercountry Adoptions from Nigeria and Important Cautionary Notes, Sep 29, 2016 International Adoption Services, Inc. “It’s not our fault,” he said, “because we were led to believe all our lives that we were something and then we’re not.”. China Adoption Notice: China: Office of Children’s Issues Delegation Meeting with CCCWA, Feb 13, 2018 Accreditation Relinquishment, Oct 27, 2020 I used to want to do things. Links to external websites are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department of State of the views or products contained therein. Or were arrested. Indian Adoption Procedures under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA), May 6, 2019 “And after that, any legislation that had to do with people immigrating just became untenable.”. Then, in 2016, Libberton applied to Lake Technical College to strengthen his welding skills. Nepal Adoption Notice: Nepali Children Abandoned in Hospitals are Subject to the U.S. Guatemala Adoption Notice: Guatemala Requests Missing Post-Adoption Reports, Jan 3, 2017 The Schuster Institute has been investigating what can happen when things go wrong in international adoption, and why. Temporarily Debarred, Oct 31, 2016 MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- A local adoption agency — that unites parents with children from around the world — is working to raise awareness about the need for adoption. Democratic Republic of the Congo: Intercountry Adoptions and Exit Permits Suspended. Guyana accedes to the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, Mar 26, 2019 Sierra Leone Adoption Notice: Adoption Service Providers in Sierra Leone, Mar 31, 2017 Thirty-five states require an individual to provide proof of legal status to receive a driver’s license, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. For eight years, terrified and angry, the woman kept her situation a secret, believing she was an anomaly. Federal legislation to grant citizenship to adult adoptees has been introduced numerous times without success. Updated Japan Adoption Notice - Special Adoptions, May 7, 2018 About International Adoption Net. Frank Adoption Center Cancellation of Accreditation, Oct 19, 2020 Uganda – Department of Treasury Sanctions for Criminal Intercountry Adoption Activity, Aug 12, 2020 Druesedow said ICE issued a detainer and took custody of her. South Korea: Closure of U.S. Nepal Adoption Notice: U.S. Delegation Visits Nepal for Update on Government’s Child Welfare System, Dec 12, 2014 They hired another attorney. Suspension of Little Miracles, Inc. Aug 18, 2020 A previous employer donated land for him to build a house on in 2016. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Nepal Adoption Notice: Caution About Pursuing Adoption in Nepal, Dec 31, 2019 Suspension of International Adoption Services, Inc. Jan 17, 2020 The U.S. has seen a decline in international adoption since its peak in 2004, and China is by far the largest sending country for U.S. intercountry adoption. Adoption Notice: Notice of ASP Closure, Aug 8, 2017 Alessi did not receive U.S. citizenship until April 2019, at age 52. Adoption Notice: West Sands Adoption and Counseling Agency Accreditation Canceled, Sep 14, 2017 Rwanda Adoption Notice: Removal of Temporary Suspension of Intercountry, Nov 8, 2017 Adoption Service Providers Authorized to work in Haiti. How Has The Hague Convention Affected International Adoptions? And my new identity was given to me as a child. Update on Suspension of Adoptions from Ethiopia, Jun 16, 2017 Jul 24, 2020 “I used to want to fight. Sometimes, paperwork was lost. Sep 8, 2011 Adoption Notice: Suspension of Adoption Avenues, Aug 2, 2018 Jewish Family and Career Services Accreditation Relinquishment, Jan 31, 2020 Official Joint Announcement: Expanded Hague Adoption Convention Processing with the United States following the Conclusion of the Special Adoption Program (SAP) in Vietnam, Dec 10, 2020 Adoption Notice: Chinese Children Adoption International – Temporary Suspension Lifted, Mar 22, 2018 Anissa Druesedow was deported in 2006. Adoption Service Providers: FY 2020 Initial Accreditations and Renewals, Oct 5, 2020 Adoption Notice: Upcoming Search for Accrediting Entities, Feb 3, 2017 Ugandan President Signs into Law Amendments to Children Act, May 23, 2016 International Adoption Net Temporary Suspension Lifted, Jun 17, 2020 Libberton knows some people may question why he has been in this country for more than 40 years and never fixed his citizenship status. "The truth is there are problems with the international adoption system. Haiti Adoption Notice: IBESR Indicates Certain Transition Dossiers Pending on April 1, 2016 May Remain Transition Cases; Updates to Follow, Mar 28, 2016 Berger is helping Albright apply for a green card, a process that Berger said could take six to eight years and would require Albright to return to Romania. New Star Kafala – Temporary Suspension Lifted, Jan 23, 2019 Temporary Cessation of CCAI’s Adoption Program in China, Oct 4, 2019 Ethiopia - Post Adoption Reports Are Still Required, Feb 14, 2019 Cancellation of the Accreditation of New Star Kafala, Apr 30, 2019 News about Adoptions, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. Ukraine Update - Changes to Ukrainian Civil Code affect timeframes for adoptions, Jun 21, 2018 The second attorney recommended Libberton renew his green card, which he received in March. They told her she wasn’t a U.S. citizen and had an order of deportation. Adoption Guides, adoption articles, adoption wikis, and much more to learn more about adoption. That lawyer said the citizenship process would be easier if Libberton went back to his birth name: William Ortiz. Loopholes in the law still exist, she said. Suspension of Huminska's Anioly, Inc. lifted, Oct 4, 2011 Non-Convention Adoption Cases: Form I-604 Determination and Immigrant Visa Appointment Scheduling, Apr 24, 2019 Accreditation Relinquishment, Oct 1, 2020 Indictments of Employees of International Adoption Guides, Inc. Oct 14, 2013 Cancellation of the Accreditation of Life Adoption Services, Inc. Feb 27, 2018 Blog. “They don’t know the language. Apr 27, 2020 La Familia Accreditation Relinquishment, Jan 9, 2019 New Hope Christian Services, Inc. dba New Hope For Children Accreditation Suspended, Mar 9, 2015 Message from the Assistant Secretary regarding the Accrediting Entity Transition, Nov 21, 2017 Adoption Notice: Post-Adoption Report Day ~ May 15, May 5, 2017 Adoptees for Justice, an advocacy organization led by adoptees without citizenship, said it is in contact with 47 adoptees who reported receiving deportation papers since 1999. Catholic Charities of Fairfield, Inc. Suspension of Adoptions International, Inc. (of Texas), Jun 14, 2019 She said she used buckets to collect water for flushing toilets and washing until Adoptees for Justice donated a generator and water tank and pump. “Then 9/11 happened,” Cox said. Adoptions from Zambia to Begin Under the Hague Adoption Convention on October 1, 2015, Jun 11, 2015 As Seen On TV 'Meant to be ours': A Wells family's story of international adoption. Until 2000, children adopted internationally had to be naturalized. When she was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager, she had her leg amputated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and received medical treatment for more than a year in San Antonio without a problem. Nepal Adoption Notice: Changes that Require an Amended Home Study Report, Nov 25, 2010 U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE — BUREAU of CONSULAR AFFAIRS. Nov 18, 2020 Feb 11, 2014 15-Day Extension of Public Comment Period on Amendments to the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation Regulations, Oct 13, 2016 Adoption Notice: Expiration of Accreditation for Adoption S.T.A.R., AAA Full Circle Adoptions & Family Building Center, Inc., Buckner Adoption & Maternity Services, and Grace International Adoption Agency, Mar 30, 2018 And my husband is like, ‘Are you tired?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, I’m tired.’ And what I really want to say to him is that ‘I’m tired. “I thought because he was adopted that he was an automatic U.S. citizen,” Pullman said. Homestudies and Adoption Placement Services Accreditation Relinquishment, Apr 6, 2020 But it only grants automatic citizenship to children whose adoptions are finalized in their country of origin. Aug 10, 2016 One World Adoption Services Hague Accreditation Suspended, Jun 15, 2014 Aug 19, 2020 China Adoption Notice: Changes to Requirements for Adoption Application Dossiers Submitted by Foreigners, Jul 6, 2017 Nepal Adoption Notice: Joint Statement on Suspension of Processing for New Adoption Cases Based on Abandonment in Nepal, May 25, 2010 Nepal Adoption Notice: Children Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal, Apr 29, 2015 Adoption Notice: Request for Statements of Interest for Accrediting Entities, Mar 3, 2017 Adoption Service Providers – Intercountry Adoptions from Vietnam to the United States through a Special Adoption Program May Commence on September 16, 2014, Jul 3, 2014 His adoptive mother told him that she and her husband had been told all they had to do was bring him home. Adoption Notice: Adoption Service Provider Accreditation/Approval Relinquishment, Jul 19, 2017 Cambodia Adoption Notice: Update on Status of Intercountry Adoptions from Cambodia. “I hope to God he don’t go back,” Pullman said. “Every right you thought you had, you don’t have.”. Suspension of Adoptions from Ethiopia, Apr 18, 2017 Cambodia Adoption Notice: Update on Status of Intercountry Adoptions between the United States and Cambodia, Dec 30, 2012 Suspension of Adoption Associates, Inc. Apr 23, 2020 She can sum up her life today in one word: Hell. Supplemental Notice on Authorized U.S. Guidance For Adoption Service Providers Helping Families Affected by Their Original Primary Provider’s Relinquishment or Loss of Accreditation, Apr 13, 2018 USCIS – Issuance of Suitability Notices for Form I-600 Concurrent Filings, May 8, 2019 Adoption Notice: Accreditation Renewal Refusal for Amazing Grace Adoptions, Adopt Abroad International, and Faith International Adoption, Inc. Apr 2, 2018 In 2017, the last year statistics were available, 276 adoptions were completed from South Korea to the United States. Latvia: Latvian Government Clarifies Transition Case Processing After Passing New Adoption Regulations, Dec 10, 2018 Adoption Notice: FAQ on Foreign Supervised Providers for ASP Community, Oct 2, 2017 Suspension of International Adoption Net, Apr 6, 2020 10/7/2020 0 Comments I am now working with reputable established searchers in both Colombia and Romania. Proposed Regulatory Change to Adoption Regulations – Public Comments Welcomed. Russia: Updated MOE List of US Homestudy Agencies with Missing Post-Placement Reports. FAQ: Part 2- IAAME Schedule of Fees, Feb 13, 2018 A Love Beyond Borders, LLC receives Hague Approval, Dec 14, 2014 For adoptees with connections to the military, the struggle to obtain U.S. citizenship feels particularly egregious. Notice: Illien Adoptions International, Inc. Aug 10, 2016 Adoption Notice: Joshua Tree Adoptions – Temporary Suspension Lifted, Oct 18, 2017 This was supposed to be my home.”. Ethiopia Adoption Notice: Dedicated Email for Ethiopia Inquiries, Nov 13, 2017 Jan 24, 2020 Adoption Notice: The Cradle of Hope Adoption Center – Temporary Suspension Lifted, Feb 27, 2018 Sierra Leone Adoption Notice: Implementation of the Required Six Month Fostering Period, Mar 1, 2019 Adoption Service Provider. But no one knows for sure; the federal government does not track how many adoptees receive citizenship. They came into this country legally, and two governments were involved in the exchange. Adoption Notice: Temporary Suspension of Bay Area Adoption Services, Jan 22, 2018 Suspension on the Adjudication of Abandonment Based Adoption Petitions in Nepal, Jan 15, 2015 ; Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii; Susan Collins, R-Maine; and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the Senate version of the bill. The Florida man defined himself by his Midwestern upbringing and the values instilled by his adoptive parents. Suspension of Michael S. Goldstein, Esq. If adoptions are halted for a long period of time, 2020 could see the fewest international adoptions by U.S. families in decades. Cancellation of the Accreditation of Adoption Avenues, Oct 2, 2018 She spoke with the man who facilitated Albright’s trip to the U.S., and they arranged for Albright to live with Pullman and her family while he went to school. The 50-year-old said she wants to go home, which to her is the United States. South Africa: Update on Issuance of Birth Certificates and Passports for Adoptees, Aug 15, 2019 Shepherd Care Ministries DBA Adoption by Shepherd Care Temporary Suspension Lifted, Oct 31, 2019 Then, in 2004, Druesedow pleaded guilty to third-degree felony grand larceny, federal immigration records show. Council on Accreditation Lifts Suspension of Faith International Adoptions, Jan 27, 2015 There was a problem with his paperwork. It was a long process for the Hardys nearly 25 years ago. South Africa Announces Temporary Moratorium on Intercountry Adoptions, May 29, 2020 Oct 30, 2020 But American parents are often saving children from poverty, pestilence and … I was an American. You lose everything as the result of adoption and then you’re given a new identity. For eight years, terrified and angry, the woman kept her situation a secret, believing she was an anomaly. Accreditation Relinquishment, Jul 31, 2019 An ICE spokeswoman said the agency does not track the number of international adoptees who have been deported, but she characterized it as “not very common.”. Adoption news and opinion. So, the law only applies to those under 18 at the time the law took effect and future underage adoptees. 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