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NJ: Crucial deadline in N.J. for adoptees seeking birth parents - 04/20/2014

Gov. Christie faces an April 28 deadline on the New Jersey Adoptees’ Birthright Bill, which would give adopted adults over 18 access to their full original birth certificates. The governor could sign it into law by that day; conditionally veto it with recommended changes, as he did in 2011; reject the legislation (an outright veto); or do nothing and allow it to become law. But those directly impacted face a different type of clock.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Corker Seeks End To Delays In U.S. Adoptions From Democratic Republic of Congo

The Chattanoogan - 04/18/2014

In a letter to the president and prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined congressional leaders in requesting an end to delays in processing the adoptions of 460 Congolese children by American families.

US: States moving to ban private re-homing of adopted children - 04/18/2014

Several states are working on legislation to ban the private transfer of adopted children after reports surfaced of families “re-homing” adopted children through social media, often into the homes of pedophiles and other abusers.

We are abandoning children in foster care

CNN - 04/17/2014

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were “emancipated” or “aged out.” In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support.

Florida adoption ‘ethics’ warning

Irish Examiner - 04/14/2014

Just months before Ireland signed an adoption agreement with the US, the Adoption Authority (AAI) admitted there were wide ranging “difficulties” with the “practice and ethics” of adoptions from Florida.

BIA Seeking Feedback on Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts

Native News - 04/13/2014

Listening Sessions to hear from tribal leaders and representatives on the re-examination and update of the BIA’s Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts [are presented].

State’s sealed adoption records a roadblock in quest for birth parents

Greenville Times - 04/13/2014

Couick is one of thousands of people in South Carolina looking to learn their past, a search stymied by state law, those who work to match birth mothers and adoptees say.

Father fighting Utah adoption law to get custody of his daughte

Fox News - 04/12/2014

After a six year legal battle, Robert Manzanares finally gained custody of his biological daughter, Kaia, who was secretly placed for adoption in Utah, without his consent. Adam Pertman, author of “Adoption Nation” and president of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, stated Utah has become a haven and “… people should be learning that Utah’s laws relating to adoption could probably use some fixing.” He adds a lot of people think a good adoption is a fast adoption, but a good adoption actually means everyone is treated ethically, with everybody’s rights taken into consideration.

California adoption laws hinder a woman’s quest for the truth

LA Times - 04/12/2014

Marsha Temple fervently wishes to know more about her roots, and she believes thousands of other adoptees in the state do too. For Temple, meeting her mother ended years of longing. She came to realize, after several visits, that the reunion was even more important for her mother. After a visit by Smith to Temple’s home in Los Angeles, Temple found an index card under a seat cushion on which her mother had written: “Redeemed from shame, guilt, self-loathing.”

Treatment of complex developmental trauma in children and youth

Science Daily - 04/11/2014

Developed at the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development, TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) trains caregivers in building safe, nurturing environments and responding effectively to behavioral issues.