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House Approves Adoptee Access To Birth Certificates
CT News Junkie - 05/02/2014
The House approved legislation early Friday morning to give adult adoptees access to previously sealed birth certificates containing the names of their biological parents.
Doing Better by the Most Vulnerable Amongst Us: Our Nation’s Children in Foster Care
White House Blog - 05/01/2014
In recent years, our child welfare system has made significant strides. Today, there are almost 25% fewer children in foster care in the U.S. than there were in 2002. This reduction is a result of both fewer children entering foster care and more leaving to permanent homes by either returning to their parents after services have been provided, being adopted, or entering into a guardianship.
Reports: Need High, Spending Low When It Comes to Adoption Services
The Chronicle of Social Change - 05/01/2014
Much of the demand for help by parents who adopt from foster care comes years after the point of adoption, according to the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), which released two reports today making the case for an increased investment in pre- and post-adoption services.
States Enroll Former Foster Youth in Medicaid
Pew Stateline - 04/30/2014
One of the Affordable Care Act’s successes is a provision that allows young people up to 26 years old to remain on their parents’ health insurance. Under a similar, but less-known provision, young adults who have been recently released from foster care can also get Medicaid coverage, regardless of their incomes. An estimated 180,000 foster care alumni became eligible on Jan. 1.
Why Teen Dad Must Fight Adoption Agency for His Child
KTVI - 04/30/2014
A 16 year-old boy says an adoption agency is standing in the way of him raising his child. He also has a second child, with another girl, on the way.
Do We Support Children and Families After Adoption From Foster Care? Not So Much
Huffington Post - 04/29/2014
Adam Pertman, President of Donaldson Adoption Institute and Susan Smith, Program and Project Director of the Institute are writing and advocating for the critical need in preparing and supporting adoptive and guardianship families both before and after adoption. The Institute’s recently released study, “Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families,” provides the most extensive examination to date of what services states are providing, who is eligible to receive them and how they are being funded. The Institute also published a companion report, “Keeping the Promise: The Case for Adoption Support and Preservation,” which synthesizes past knowledge and provides new research on the extent of adopted children re-entering foster care.
Same-Sex foster case can continue
Lincoln Journal Star - 04/29/2014
Three same-sex couples can go forward with their lawsuit challenging a longstanding state policy that prevents them, and all unmarried couples, from adopting or being foster parents, a Lancaster County judge has ruled.
New state tax break proposed for Iowa parents who adopt
Radio Iowa - 04/29/2014
The legislature has voted to establish a new tax credit for Iowa parents who adopt a child. If the governor signs the bill into law, Iowans could claim a credit of up to $2500 per child for adoption-related expenses.
Google removes “deceptive” pregnancy center ads
Washington Post - 04/28/2014
Google is removing Web search ads for some “crisis pregnancy centers,” after an investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America found evidence that the ads violate Google’s policy against deceptive advertising.
NJ: State strikes deal on opening birth records to adoptees
News Works - 04/28/2014
After more than 30 years of pressure to open birth records to adoptees in New Jersey, state lawmakers and the Christie administration have finally reached agreement on a measure that will allow that to happen.