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‘No Hope for Me': Women Stripped of Parental Rights After Minor Crimes
RH Reality Check - 04/02/2015
Despite these successes, she says she remains mired in a maze of state laws that are designed to protect children, but lack flexibility for parents who have been incarcerated.
Once parental rights are severed, they are all but impossible to restore, meaning that parents who were incarcerated for minor crimes can be left suffering the consequences for a lifetime, no matter how radically they transform their lives.
Fla. House committee backs bill letting adoption agencies refuse gay couples
NBC 2 - 04/02/2015
Florida banned gay adoption until five years ago, when an appeals court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.
Since then, the state hasn’t challenged such adoptions, but the ban has remained in law.
The adoption-incentives bill would change that — and its passage sparked a backlash. For instance, Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, said he heard from a faith-based adoption agency that received a request to place a child with a homosexual — its first such request in nine years — within 20 hours of the passage of HB 7013
Revealing sibling to adopted child complex decision
The Spokesman-Review - 04/02/2015
But there were two things that were said to me in my most recent conversation that stuck with me. First, most contacts – successful or otherwise – are when the individuals are older. “This is just an 11-year-old child” my friend said. “Still too young.”… But how do we know? How do any of us ever know ahead of time when we make decisions for and about our children? I guess all we can do is just love them and do the best we can.
Plaintiffs cheer judge’s ruling in favor of Indian parents
KOTA Territory News - 04/01/2015
The case, pushed by the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux tribes, asserted that Indian parents were denied protections guaranteed under the constitution and the Indian Child Welfare Act during so–called “48 hour hearings” to determine if the state had the right to temporary child custody.
Pres. Obama Applies Pressure as Minn. Family Fights to Bring Adopted Son Home
abc 5 Eyewitness News - 04/01/2015
That’s because 18 months ago, the impoverished African nation began preventing children from leaving via adoption — first temporarily, then indefinitely. The country cited a concern for the children’s welfare.
Mardoche, and hundreds of other Congolese children like him, have been in limbo ever since.
Adam Crapser’s Bizarre Deportation Odyssey
The New York Times - 04/01/2015
After years of fighting, he was finally able to get his adoption paperwork from Thomas Crapser and in 2012 applied for a green card. Those applications typically trigger a Department of Homeland Security background investigation, which in Crapser’s case turned up his old convictions — a criminal record that made him subject to deportation.
It’s a Kafkaesque episode: Crapser’s various crimes may have warranted the punishments he received, but deportation to a country in which he had barely lived?
Foster care advocates raising awareness in small, sweet ways
Dallas Morning News - 04/01/2015
So foster care advocates made a small gesture today by delivering to each legislator colorful bubble gum to represent the Texas children in foster care… Each package listed the estimated number of children in foster care or substitute care in that particular lawmaker’s district.
Sight Unseen: Navigating Adoption Spaces as an Adoptee of Color
The Lost Daughters - 04/01/2015
While other people who interact in public spaces often deal with similar issues, and certainly other adoptees experience this as well, as adoptees of color in predominantly white spaces, our visibility invites even more scrutiny. It is under this burden of visibility, that we retreat, we hide, and we desperately attempt to render ourselves unseen. Hyper-visible or Invisible — feels like there is no in between.
From Russia with Love: Crownsville woman finds her Russian birth father and sister
Capital Gazette - 03/31/2015
Before Lachewitz discovered the identities of her parents, she and her adoptive family, including a brother adopted from Russia at age 2, planned to go to Russia to search for them. But they had to cancel days before their expected departure. Under the regime of President Vladimir Putin, St. Petersburg, where the Krestinicheva family members live, is under travel sanctions.
Foreign Adoptions by Americans Reach Lowest Mark Since 1982
The New York Times - 03/31/2015
Chuck Johnson, CEO of the National Council of Adoption and a critic of State Department adoption policy, said the department has worked hard to make international adoption more transparent and ethical, but has failed to advocate forcefully for adoption as a viable option for many of the world’s orphans.