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Getting foster youth through college will take structured support, study concludes
Science Daily - 04/19/2015
“A structured support program could help foster youth find and use resources already available to students,” Hallett said. “That alone could make a significant difference.”
A student identified as Amanda summed up the views of most participants in the study: “I wish I had someone who cared about my future as much as I did, so they could help me along that path.”
Don’t deny foster kids loving parents
Miami Herald - 04/19/2015
Everyone knows which sorts of parents this bill is meant to address: gays and lesbians. But the bill is written so broadly that agencies could discriminate against any class of otherwise qualified parents — single people, biracial couples, people of different religious faiths, military couples — so long as they have a previous written policy of doing so.
Finding a family for a specific child should always be about meeting that child’s specific needs, not the needs of the placement agency.
Kate Mulgrew’s quest
CBS - 04/19/2015
“Six million people watched me have this baby,” said Mulgrew. “And I had the baby. And I gave the baby up and went back to work two days later.”
“That was the hardest moment of my life — walking onto that set with that stunt baby and delivering a monologue about love, fidelity, endurance, and ‘I will never leave you,’ without falling apart.”
She instantly regretted giving her up. “It was instant. I went immediately, the first week. I begged.”
Legislation makes international adoption easier
The Southern Illinoisan - 04/18/2015
Sommer, who adopted two girls from China, said Illinois is the only state that still has an intercountry adoption coordinator and there is no need for one.
“There is a federal law passed that really controls all of those international adoptions,” Sommer said. “Illinois has an arcane provision that one individual in this whole government can say ‘the country from which you want to get your child says OK, immigrations says OK, but — I don’t think so.’”
Walker-Mallott Admin Streamlines Adoption Process for Alaska Native Children
SitNews - 04/17/2015
Gov. Walker has filed legislation that will to allow for more flexibility in the adoption petition form. This will ensure that the preference for Native children to be adopted by Native families remains of utmost importance and will make tribal participation in adoption cases easier. The bill will be read across the floor of the House and Senate today.
California’s Foster Care System Doles Out A Shocking Amount Of Drugs
Think Progress - 04/17/2015
An investigation by San Jose Mercury News last August revealed that 25 percent of children in California’s foster care system received mind-altering medication, some of which wasn’t approved by the FDA. The rates of abuse in the state’s system more than tripled that the national average, the report said. California’s foster care system has carried on these practices on 15 percent of the wards for a decade, mainly doling out psychotropics — tablets that alter the mood, perceptions, or consciousness of those who use them.
Marriage Advocates Warn High Court: Children Will Suffer Most From Marriage Redefinition
National Catholic Register - 04/16/2015
Thus, in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court, a group of adoption agencies and advocates led by the Donaldson Adoption Institute contend that children waiting for foster homes and for adoption will suffer if the court does not recognize same-sex couples’ constitutional right to legal marriage.
Yet, even as the Donaldson Institute made this assertion, the USCCB brief warned that Catholic adoption and foster-care services might have to close their doors, as several have already done, if legal same-sex “marriage” forces Church-affiliated agencies to change their child-placement policies.
Further, an amicus brief filed by the American College of Pediatricians and sociologists that include Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas, sought to educate the court about the limitations of some social-research findings that have been cited by marriage-equality activists to advance their argument that children thrive in households led by same-sex couples.
Will drop in international adoptions lead to more in-country placements
WORLD - 04/16/2015
The pilot program provides financial assistance for local child welfare staff development by partnering with reputable organizations, including Buckner International in Kenya and Bethany Christian Services in Ethiopia.
Historically, Hamilton said, Americans have thought about adoption in the context of adopting international children into American families: “But the first hope is that children who are orphaned can stay in their family of origin. If that’s not an option, then that they can stay in their country of birth.
Bill of Adoptee Rights gains support locally and across the state
Watertown Daily Times - 04/15/2015
“It’s about being treated with equal dignity by the state,” said C. Catherine Henderson Swett, the organization’s downstate coordinator. “All adoptees are denied their original birth certificate in New York state. We are fighting to restore access to the people whose names are on them.”
The bill would allow adoptees to access their original birth certificate upon turning 18. Ms. Swett said it is a basic civil right, and she is confident the bill will be signed into law in the next couple of years.
“There is overwhelming support,” she said. “We just need a few more Assembly members to confirm that they support the bill.”
Bill expanding foster care provisions gets unanimous approval from Senate panel
Winston Salem Journal - 04/15/2015
“Current law carries such great restrictions for foster children that they can’t do most things most of their friends do, such as go to prom, drive a car, have an overnight stay with friends,” Barringer said.
Barringer said she was a foster parent for 10 years, caring for some children who had been subjected to abuse or neglect.
“We’re giving them a chance at a more normal life, reduce stigma, improve outcomes and improve their chances of making a smooth adjustment to adulthood,” Barringer said.