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Bills Would Allow Adoption Denials for Religious Beliefs

10 WILX - 03/03/2015

“This promotes diversity of agencies all across the state, both private, public and faith based and we want to make sure that that diversity continues,” said Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Twp.), who is sponsoring one of the bills. “Because we do realize with children it’s not a one size fits all approach, so why not have more options?”

‘Drop Box’ featured in film makes South Korean babies safe and welcome

The Washington Times - 03/02/2015

Moreover, South Korea passed a law a few years ago requiring mothers to register their newborns so that children can have birth records, she said. But the law has had unintended consequences — mothers are abandoning their newborns in the streets because they “are too afraid to take the risk of putting their name on a family registry.”
“What Pastor Lee has done with the baby box is respond to a really desperate situation,” said Ms. Cox, who was adopted as a child from Korea after the war. The concept shows that while these babies have been abandoned by their mothers, “they have really been abandoned by Korean society,” she said.

‘We get the kids back': Native American grandmother fights to preserve families

The Guardian - 03/02/2015

By placing her grandchildren in state foster homes outside the tribe, DSS also violated Howe’s rights under the Indian child welfare act (ICWA), a federal law that is supposed to protect children of Native American tribes from state interventions and removals. That law, experts say, is a way to shield native families from allegations of neglect based on poverty.

New study examines the effects of ‘open’ adoption on families

Newsworks - 03/02/2015

Data from the first of its kind, two decade-long study suggest that adopted children are better adjusted and have fewer behavior problems when they are happy with how much contact they have with their birth parents.

Indiana Considers ‘Baby Boxes’ To Allow Moms To Abandon Infants Safely

Huffington Post - 03/02/2015

Dawn Geras, president of the Save the Abandoned Babies Foundation in Chicago, said safe haven laws have resulted in more than 2,800 safe surrenders since 1999. But more than 1,400 other children have been found illegally abandoned, nearly two-thirds of whom died.
Cox said his proposal draws on a centuries-old concept to help “those children that are left in the woods, those children that are abandoned in dangerous places.”

Vietnam’s Operation Babylift adoptees still searching for birth parents 40 years after war

Yahoo! News - 03/02/2015

Adopted by an Australian couple, she said she never thought much of her heritage until she had her first child.
“And I’d stand there in front of a mirror and I’d hold her and I’d look at her and I’d look at me and I thought wow, she looks like me.
“But then I’d go – well, I don’t know who I look like. So that started to bother me.”

Judge strikes down state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Journal Star - 03/02/2015

A U.S. district judge Monday struck down Nebraska’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses next week.
The state quickly scrambled to request a stay that would delay the March 9 date Judge Joseph Bataillon set for his order to go into effect.

Emotional toll outweighs monetary value in adoption scams

KCCI News - 03/02/2015

In this case Bess, got away with $200, but she took far more from her victims than money.
“I think the emotional toll that she puts on a family, which we cannot charge for. It far outweighs the actual monetary value she takes from them,” Vallejo said.

Bill would allow adopting parents to take leave from work

The Des Moines Register - 03/02/2015

The bill, passed by a Senate committee Monday, would require employers to allow adoptive parents to take time off of work without fear of repercussion to handle the adoption process and to spend time with their child after the adoption is completed.

Effort to unseal adoption records in MO

5 KSDK - 03/02/2015

When it comes to people who are adopted, what you don’t know about the health history of your biological family could kill you.