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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.

VT House passes child protection bill

Burlington Free Press - 04/30/2015

In addition, the bill makes post-adoption agreements enforceable. The idea behind the change is that parents would be more willing to give up parental rights if they have an agreement with adoptive parents that they will be able to maintain some form of contact with the child, which could be as limited as receiving an annual photograph.

Federal court monitor: Foster children’s needs still unmet

The CT Mirror - 04/29/2015

Foster children in Connecticut are still not receiving all the mental health services, child care and housing supports they need, partly because the programs are not available, a federal court monitor reported Wednesday.
The latest quarterly review of the care the Department of Children and Families provided a sampling of 53 foster children between July and December found that the children were not being referred for services, partly because the staff had “knowledge that certain services are not readily available.”

One Woman’s Journey to Find Her Birth Mother Part I

ABC News - 04/29/2015

Tonight, you are going to witness one woman’s extraordinary and emotionally fraught quest to solve the mystery of her own birth. She is on the hunt for her biological mom who gave her up for adoption. And we are with her every step of the way as she unearths the clues that lead to a dramatic life-changing conclusion.

National Indian Child Welfare Association Applauds Robust Participation in ICWA Hearing

Blackbird PR News - 04/29/2015

“The first week of hearings and consultations demonstrated a tremendous groundswell of support in Indian Country,” said Dr. Sarah Kastelic. “It’s exciting to see the momentum created by such a diverse cross section of our communities. Foster and adoptive parents, Native adoptees, foster youth, attorneys and law professors, child psychologists, families still searching for displaced relatives, and staff from state agencies all stood up to express their support for the proposed regulations. Their message is clear. Our children need these protections.”

Israel Evacuates Surrogate Babies From Nepal but Leaves the Mothers Behind

TIME - 04/28/2015

The first Israeli baby was born to a surrogate mother in Nepal in January 2014, and it is now the destination of choice for Israelis who do not have access to surrogacy in Israel. Many Asian and European countries ban commercial surrogacy, and it can cost up to $150,000 in the U.S. and Canada but only $30,000 in Nepal.

On Their Own: Life after foster care

KHQ Q6 - 04/28/2015

Once Diana aged out of the foster care system, Diana says things didn’t get better. Diana claims she was made homeless by the foster care system the week before she turned 18. Homelessness is a common theme for kids as they exit the state’s care. 36% of foster kids will experience homelessness with in a year of aging out of the system.

New York City Adoption Agencies Receive Hefty Budget Cuts From Mayor Bill de Blasio

Huffington Post - 04/28/2015

To date, the petition has reached over 5,500 signatures and counting. Among those signatures, some of the most influential celebrities have joined in the conversation. Some celebrities who have voiced their support include Rosie O’Donnell, Sarah Silverman, Rachel Dratch, Patricia Heaton, Sean Hayes, Idina Menzel, Perez Hilton, Kristin Chenoweth, Judy Gold, Rosie Perez, Debra Messing, Judd Apatow, and recently named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People in The World in 2014, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald.

Gay Marriage Arguments Divide Supreme Court Justices

The New York Times - 04/28/2015

The other justices for the most part played to type, clashing over what they saw as the right answer in the case and also over how to reach it. The questioning illuminated their conflicting views on history, tradition, biology, constitutional interpretation, the democratic process and the role of the courts in prodding social change.

Child advocates emphasize permanence in helping children in foster care

The Sentinel - 04/28/2015

Research shows children who have aged out of the system have … struggles that go into adulthood,” Race said. “A child aging out of foster care doesn’t have that support network. You have nowhere to go, nowhere to fall back. There are repercussions that go beyond childhood and well into adulthood.”
Race explained this could manifest with financial difficulties in adulthood, struggles in college or unemployment after graduation. Studies also suggest that those who age out of the system are also at higher risk of drug use or getting involved in crime.

6 Key Factors to Consider for an Open Adoption

Huffington Post - 04/28/2015

Research also tells us that openness in adoption is beneficial for everyone involved, but mostly for the adopted person. What research does not tell us is how to encourage families to live openness authentically and navigate challenging new territory on behalf of children who are adopted and can’t remain with their original families. Some people experience anxiety at the prospect of this unique relationship in their lives, and some families find this aspect of their adoption journey challenging.