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We know that news coverage and access to timely information drive awareness and, ultimately, the ability to influence positive change. Widely recognized as a leading authority on issues related to adoption, DAI is often featured in major media outlets. We also monitor, and share, developments in adoption and foster care policy, research, resources, as well as news, to keep practitioners, advocates, and those touched by adoption informed.

Bill designed to thwart ‘child trading’

Akron - 10/28/2014

HB 438 is before the House Judiciary Committee in Ohio supports the elimination of ‘re-homing’. ‘Re-homing’ occurs when parents transfer custody of their adopted children to strangers.

West Africa: Children orphaned by Ebola face long-term consequences

PBS - 10/27/2014

The growing death toll of the Ebola epidemic has left countless children facing a future without their moms and dads. Dan Rivers of Independent Television News visits three siblings in Sierra Leone who are being cared…

Facebook, pregnancy notifications and a father’s right to object to adoption

Washington Post - 10/27/2014

When a man and a woman have a child out of wedlock, and the woman puts up the child for adoption, the man is entitled to an opportunity to object and to raise the child himself…

Wife’s surprise brings veteran football coach to tears

USA Today - 10/27/2014

It was a reunion unlike any other for high school assistant football coach Robby Gilbert. Following the death of his mother last year, Gilbert, who was adopted as an infant, set out to track down his biological mother.

MU professor shares research, experience as mother who adopted children across racial lines

Columbia Missourian - 10/27/2014

With a gentle spin of a finger, Colleen Colaner shaped a tight, black curl on top of her daughter’s head. Camille Colaner, 11 months old, let out a playful squeal and reached for her mother. “Her…

Given up for adoption at birth, a young woman reclaims her life

Times of India - 10/26/2014

Adopted at birth by a family from the Netherlands Monisha had no security or love at home and no connection with her Indian roots. Removed from the care of her abusive adoptive parents, Monisha tells of her journey to reclaim her life.

National adoption month promotes and supports sibling connections - 10/24/2014

For the past 19 years, November has been recognized as National Adoption Month, a time to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care.

Utah Supreme Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

Reuters - 10/23/2014

The Utah Supreme Court on Thursday lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children, state officials said. The state’s highest court had imposed a stay on the adoptions in May, while Utah appealed a federal ruling last year that permitted same-sex marriages for 17 days before the Supreme Court halted them pending appeal.

As Decades of Korean Adoptions Dwindle, Identity Issues Remain

NBC News - 10/22/2014

Over the past few decades, thousands of Korean adoptees, like Oser, have embarked on their own quests for self — journeys punctuated by false starts, unexpected detours, and roundabout routes to discover what it means to be Korean. But such searches were not always as common as they are today.

Nearly 60,000 adopted people in Ireland looking for their real parents are blocked by our legal system

Irish Mirror - 10/21/2014

Children of adoptive parents should have an automatic right to know who their birth parents are but instead they are forced to turn to under-resourced tracing services. For countless others whose birth certificates have been forged, there is little hope at all.