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Death prompts Samoan adoption change

Samoa has rushed through legislation to tighten up on foreign adoptions following the death of a child who had been in the care of an American agency.

Last year a One News investigation revealed Samoan parents had put their children up for adoption with the organisation Focus On Children, not realising they would never see them again. Parents thought the children would stay in America only for their education and that the adoption was not permanent.

Now the agency is once again in the spotlight - this time in the midst of a police investigation.

Avea Sioka was struggling to bring up six children when the family placed baby Heta and three of her siblings with Focus On Children.

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