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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.

Ebola orphans of Liberia

CBS News - 10/20/2014

An abandoned building in Monrovia is the grim new home for these children orphaned by Ebola. Not only have these children lost their parents, but they are often shunned by their families and friends.

Investigating Unlawful Adoptions

WVTV Public Radio - 10/20/2014

The Virginia Commission on Youth is scrutinizing the practice of finding new homes and transferring custody of adopted children—while bypassing state oversight and safeguards.

Canadian parents paying less to adopt African American babies

CBS News - 10/20/2014

The U.S. is exporting more African American babies to Canada right now more than to any other country. Here in Manitoba, one adoption agency is helping these children find homes here.

Adoption campaigners criticize contact veto plan

Irish Examiner - 10/20/2014

Adoption rights campaigners have said that allowing natural mothers a veto on contact would set back tracing rights “more than a decade.” Groups representing both adopted people and natural mothers hit out at the proposal, which was mooted at an Adoption Authority information and tracing conference at the end of last month.

Lavrov: Moscow Concerned About Illegal US Adoptions of Russian Orphans

RIA Novosti - 10/19/2014

Russia is concerned by reports that homosexual couples in the United States are being illegally given the custody of Russian orphans, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia must rethink orphanage system

CNN - 10/17/2014

Russia’s policies on foreign adoptions made headlines when the government announced it would no longer allow Americans to adopt Russian children. But hidden away in Russian orphanages are thousands of children with disabilities who aren’t orphans, whose harmful treatment has long been hidden from public view — even from most Russians.

Foster parents sue after they discover adopted son’s past

Kiro 7 TV Seattle - 10/17/2014

Foster parents who adopted a 12-year-old boy in 2013 and later found out he had molested their other children, are suing the Department of Social and Health Services.

Alabama lays out its case for why Mobile lesbian should be denied right to adopt stepson - 10/17/2014

All things being equal, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office argued Friday in a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, children are better off with a father and a mother. The case, one of three pending in Alabama’s federal courts, seeks to force the state to recognize a California marriage between two Mobile women so that the non-biological parent can legally adopt the boy they have raised from birth.

A Mother’s Fight for Her Son

The Huffington Post - 10/16/2014

Impartial option counseling for mothers considering placing a child for adoption without duress, coercion, or fraud, as well as ensuring adequate time to decide to relinquish parental rights, and reasonable time to revoke a decision made in haste, are vital to protect the integrity and longevity of adoption placements.

A Korean Adoptee Starts the Search for Her Birth Family

NBC News - 10/15/2014

Korean-American adoptee, Heather Schultz, inspired by the reunion stories told by other Korean-American adoptees, starts the search for her birth family.