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Why is it easier to adopt a child from overseas than from another state?

Washington Post - 04/27/2014

More than 100,000 American children are in foster care and waiting to be adopted, according to the federal Children’s Bureau. The number of interstate adoption in fiscal year 2012 was 840 compared to 8,868 children adopted internationally. A primary reason in the low number of interstate adoptions is due to the restrictive guidelines regarding adoption between states.

A US soldier searches for his Vietnamese son

BBC - 04/26/2014

Thousands of children were fathered by American servicemen during the Vietnam war. Now in their 60s and 70s, some veterans are desperate to find the sons and daughters they have never known.

A Single Adoptive Mother — in 1937

New York Times - 04/25/2014

In 1937, the editors of Ladies Home Journal, Beatrice and Bruce Gould, published stories about men and women writing about their paths to parenthood. One article was called “I Just Adopted a Baby!” Written by an author and friend of the Goulds, Laura Z. Hobson, the essay, at first glance, was like so many that appeared in the magazine over the years — it described the joys and challenges of family life and, in particular, the rewards of motherhood. Hobson described the struggles she experienced in adopting a baby and becoming a single parent.

New law opening pre-1999 adoption records could take effect in 2015

Winnipeg Free Press - 04/23/2014

Manitoba plans to open up its pre-1999 adoption records — making it possible for more adoptees and their birth families to reunite — but the new law will not take effect for more than one year. The delay will give the government an opportunity to advertise the changes and give birth families and adoptees the opportunity to veto the release of their names and other personal information.

Child Welfare Effort Avoids Taking Kids from Home by Giving them One

City Limits - 04/23/2014

There’s growing interest in using supportive housing to help families whose children might otherwise end up in the foster-care system.

Half of foreign adopted children from Asia

USA Today - 04/23/2014

Thirteen percent of adopted children under 18 across the USA were adopted from foreign countries, and more than half were born in Asia, according to a Census report released Wednesday.

NJ: Crucial deadline in N.J. for adoptees seeking birth parents - 04/20/2014

Gov. Christie faces an April 28 deadline on the New Jersey Adoptees’ Birthright Bill, which would give adopted adults over 18 access to their full original birth certificates. The governor could sign it into law by that day; conditionally veto it with recommended changes, as he did in 2011; reject the legislation (an outright veto); or do nothing and allow it to become law. But those directly impacted face a different type of clock.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Corker Seeks End To Delays In U.S. Adoptions From Democratic Republic of Congo

The Chattanoogan - 04/18/2014

In a letter to the president and prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined congressional leaders in requesting an end to delays in processing the adoptions of 460 Congolese children by American families.

US: States moving to ban private re-homing of adopted children - 04/18/2014

Several states are working on legislation to ban the private transfer of adopted children after reports surfaced of families “re-homing” adopted children through social media, often into the homes of pedophiles and other abusers.

We are abandoning children in foster care

CNN - 04/17/2014

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were “emancipated” or “aged out.” In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support.