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Adoptive families wait for children in Congo

INDYSTAR - 05/14/2014

Amanda Larner and her husband are the legal parents of two children adopted from the Congo but are still waiting to bring them back to the US. Last fall, as the Larners prepared to go to the Congo to get their children home, the Congolese government stopped issuing exit visas for adopted children. “This is both a pattern and not a pattern,” said Adam Pertman, president of the Donaldson Adoption Institute.” Shutting down adoption programs often is not the best answer, Pertman said. “The first choice is within a family, but we also have to be mindful of what happens when kids remain in institutions,” Pertman said. “Some balance needs to be found.”

Bill to give foster parents new tax credit ready for O’Malley

Southern Maryland Newspapers Online - 05/14/2014

Commissioners’ president hopeful Del. Peter F. Murphy held a news conference with Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot on Friday afternoon in La Plata to celebrate the passage of a bill that will give a $1,500 tax credit for care expenses that don’t normally get reimbursed.

Idaho gay marriage ban rejected

Idaho Statesman - 05/14/2014

Gay couples could flood courthouses Friday morning, seeking to exercise a newly declared right to marry in Idaho. A Tuesday evening ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale striking down Idaho’s 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages will take effect at 9 a.m. Friday.

More Russians Tend To Adopt Children Since 2013

Bernama - 05/14/2014

The number of adoptions among Russians has increased for the first time over the last years, deputy head of children’s rights department of Russia’s Education Ministry, Vladimir Kabanov, told the Public Chamber’s meeting on Tuesday.

Adoption battle ends in stalemate

The Advocate - 05/13/2014

The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Louisiana Family Forum praised an amended form of House Bill 1028 as continuing to protect birth parents’ confidentiality. Critics said they liked the original version of the bill: Birth records would open up unless the birth parents contacted the state and objected.

StoryCorps: Searching for truth and finding family

KALW San Francisco - 05/13/2014

There are many ways to create a family. Two strangers share their story on Storycorps regarding their search for answers about their families and how their family roots are connected.

Policy Changes For One Million Orphans After Berkeley Woman’s Perseverance

CBS 5 KPIX - 05/12/2014

Eventually, China allowed Jenny to launch a year-long child nurturing program in two of its own orphanages. Soon, Beijing was sending delegations to see the children’s transformations for themselves.

After Life as an Addict, She’s Ready to Be a Mom

The Des Moines Register - 05/10/2014

Nicole Laird, a former addict, worked with a Safe Babies Court Team to reunite with her youngest child. The program links families with community services in an effort to help moms and dads safely parent again, therefore improving outcomes for young children.

Dallas family left in limbo with international adoption

Dallas News - 05/10/2014

Amanda and Andrew Quicksall adopted two girls cksalls in the Congo. But the journey to their new home in Dallas was delayed because of greater scrutiny of international adoptions.
About 500 Congolese children are estimated to be in limbo for U.S. adoptions.

Adoption Laws protect-and Hurt (includes video)

Newsday - 05/09/2014

In 1966, Lorraine Dusky had a daughter while she wasn’t married and gave her up for adoption. Now she is fighting to change New York’s adoption laws to make it easier for adoptees to find their original birth certificates. She told her story on April 22, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Sam Guzik)