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Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom
The Tennessean - 06/05/2014
After a decade long search, Brittan Gilmore and her mother Janet Schreibman from Nashville finally found and met her egg donor. The process came together in a way as modern as her birth, after a search on an Internet database, a timid message on Facebook and, finally, a tearful introduction on Katie Couric’s daytime TV talk show. Brittan’s experience getting there made her an advocate for an open system that would allow willing egg and sperm donors to connect with their offspring.
India: Maneka Gandhi to revise existing adoption guidelines to make adoption easy and child friendly
All Voices - 06/02/2014
The Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi has decided to revise the existing adoption guidelines for simplification of adoption procedures and to curb the excessive delays in adoption. The Minister took a meeting of officials of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), here today.
US: Odds of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children’s Lives
National Public Radio - 06/02/2014
Looking at annual numbers alone understates a child’s risk of maltreatment throughout childhood, researchers say. By that measure, 12.5 percent of children have experienced at least one episode of abuse or neglect by age 18, a published Monday finds.
IN: Suit seeks Indiana subsidies for adoptive parents
Associated Press - 06/02/2014
The lawsuit, filed in LaPorte County by Debbie Moss of LaPorte, seeks class-action status for 1,400 families on a waiting list for money meant to help them raise adopted children. A judge has to approve the case before it becomes a class action.
The Modern Orphans of Mississippi
The Atlantic - 06/01/2014
The Palmer Home in Mississippi has greatly transformed the terminology and definition of the term ‘orphanage.’ The modern day facility has been greatly successful in providing care along their goals of being a “whole child initiative,” which focuses on nurturing the children emotionally, educationally, physically, spiritually, and heading them toward independence.
US: Poll: Strong Majority Now Believe Gays Should Be Allowed to Adopt Kids
Christian Post - 06/01/2014
A strong majority, 63 percent, of Americans now say that same-sex couples should have a legal right to adopt a child, according to a new Gallup poll. About one in three, 35 percent, are opposed. The recent poll was the first time Gallup showed a clear majority supportive of giving same-sex couples the legal right to adopt a child.
N.J. adoption law of national importance
Asbury Park Press - 05/31/2014
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill reforming the state’s laws to allow adoptees access to their original birth certificates last week. Standing alongside Gov. Christie was Adam Pertman, president of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Pertman’s presence underscored the historic nature of the bill the governor signed, which will reverse more than 70 years of official secrecy surrounding adoptions in New Jersey. “I think we have a trend going,” Pertman said Tuesday. “New Jersey just enacted its law today. Last week it was Colorado. A couple of months before it was Washington state. And the numbers are really mounting as people get more information and understand that the potential downsides just aren’t happening anywhere.”
RI: Langevin, Kilmartin spotlight tragedy of ‘re-homing’
Warwick Beacon - 05/29/2014
Liya, Tarikuwa and Flatley agreed that one of the biggest problems that allows re-homing to continue is the lack of post-adoption services for children and parents. This leads to more disrupted adoptions because families are not receiving the services needed for a smoother transition for new parents to acclimate to a new child and vice versa.
Adopted kid reunited with birth mom 16 years later over Instagram
KUSA - 05/28/2014
Since he was a kid, Reed Cohen always knew he had been adopted. His two mothers made that very clear when they had an honest discussion with Reed about his past. He never got a chance to meet his birth mother. All he knew was her first name. Like many teenagers, Reed spends a lot of time on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram. After posting some baby pictures to his Instagram account, Reed discovered the person who ‘liked’ his pictures turned out to be his birth mother.
Democratic Republic of Congo: 15 Congolese adoptions resume in U.S. after public pressure
KWWL - 05/28/2014
Families attempting to adopt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were hopeful their pleas for help were being heard after months of pressuring government officials to lift a suspension of exit letters, a document required for their legally adopted children to leave the DRC.