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For newlyweds, possible stay of Indiana same-sex marriage ruling clouds horizon

INDY Star - 06/26/2014

A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday, leaving state officials, lawmakers, social conservatives, gay rights supporters and legal experts scrambling to sort out exactly what the decision means — and what will happen next.

Extra funding for adoption services

Belfast Telegraph - 06/26/2014

New funding is to be made available to help adopted children settle in with their new families, the Government has announced.

There are 14 times more Irish people looking to adopt than there are children available

The Journal - 06/26/2014

Witnesses at the committee were giving evidence about Ireland’s relationship with other countries in terms of adoption. Current legislation only allows for adoptions between certain nations, restricting the number of children that can be adopted into the country.

Ghana Looks To Establish Central Adoption Authority

SPY Ghana - 06/26/2014

Ghana will soon have a Central Adoption Authority, the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur has announced. Also: Gender Ministry to Centralise Child Adoption:

Ohio families seek action on adoptions from Democratic Republic of the Congo

Plain Dealer - 06/25/2014

Carrying signs with photos of children they plan to adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dozens of adoptive parents from Ohio and other states are visiting the U.S. Capitol this week in hopes of speeding up Congo’s stalled adoption process.

New Mexico Starts Adoption Website

KRWG - 06/25/2014

Today, Governor Susana Martinez unveiled the nation’s first permanent Digital Heart Gallery. The Digital Heart Gallery helps Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) foster children available for adoption find their forever families.

Adoption official denies ‘double-matching’

The Villager - 06/25/2014

The administrator of an adoption agency in The Woodlands being sued by six couples for allegedly lying about matching infants with their respective families says there was no wrongdoing on the agency’s part and the plaintiffs in the lawsuit grew impatient with the process.

10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage

Salt Lake Tribune - 06/25/2014

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. By upholding a Utah judge’s decision, a three-member panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver became the first appeals court in the nation to rule on the issue, setting a historic precedent that voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples to equal protection and due process.

House Panel Faults Feds Intervention Into Tribe’s Foster Care Case

NPR - 06/25/2014

Lawmakers chastised the Spirit Lake Reservation after death and abuse reports surfaced in 2012. The Bureau of Indian Affairs took over the program, but the federal government isn’t doing much better.

‘Safe haven’ overwhelmed with abandoned babies

ECNS - 06/24/2014

The Nanjing Children’s Welfare Institution in Jiangsu province has hired guards and installed surveillance cameras in its “safe haven” to prevent parents from abandoning children following the surging number of babies with physical or mental disabilities received since it was opened in December.