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National Child Welfare Organizations Affirm Support of LGBT Parenting and Adoption
Human Rights Campaign - 04/09/2015
“CWLA, DAI, NACAC and Voice for Adoption reaffirm their principles and standards that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents are as well suited to raise children as their heterosexual counterparts and that the needs of children and youth who are LGBTQ must be addressed based on their best interests” the letter reads. “Therefore, we firmly stand against any federal, state, or agency laws or policies that prohibit or discriminate against any qualified individuals and couples from becoming parents due to philosophical or religious beliefs.”
New law encourages foster kid ‘normalcy’
The Detroit News - 04/09/2015
Launched by legislation two years ago, the initiative is credited with attracting record numbers of new foster parents in Florida. Its core principle is seeking “normalcy” by recognizing the right of foster children to engage on a regular basis in extracurricular and social activities. That idea was incorporated into a federal foster-care bill passed in September by Congress.
Manatee County wise to pursue a lifeline program for struggling adoptive families
Brandenton Herald - 04/09/2015
A few of the dissolutions could be legitimate, officials say, such as a relative reaching an advanced age and encountering health difficulties.
In one of Herald health reporter Richard Dymond’s ongoing coverage of this issue, Maj. Connie Shingledecker put other dissolutions in perspective. She oversees child protective investigations for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and reads the reports on all the removals in the county.
“But with some I cringe. I think, ‘This is not some puppy you can turn back.’
Indiana-born, adopted Florida woman finds biological mother after Facebook post goes viral
The Elkhart Truth - 04/08/2015
“For 350,000 adult adoptees from the closed records period in Indiana, it is justice denied, again,” Pam Kroskie, president of Hoosiers for Equal Access to Records (HEAR), said in a statement. “Every year that we delay, it is another year that adoptees die or experience serious medical complications because they don’t have access to their medical histories.”
US governor signs adoption law banning re-homing
News 24 - 04/08/2015
The new statute signed by Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, forbids parents from assigning custody of children they adopt to another household, except close relatives, without court approval. The crime would be a felony punishable by a prison sentence and fines.
The Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York, which tracks such legislation, said Wisconsin and Louisiana have also banned re-homing.
New Bill Would Give Adoptees Access To Birth Records
7 News FOX 28 - 04/08/2015
“There’s thousands of people who are denied their civil rights. This is a civil rights issue. This isn’t a reunion issue,” said Gordinier.
Under existing law, personal information documents are sealed at the time of adoption.
The new legislation proposal would allow an adopted individual, 18 years or older, to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate and medical records.
Use of meds by L.A. County foster, delinquent kids prompts reform
LA Times - 04/07/2015
Lawmakers have introduced four bills in Sacramento in recent weeks that also aim to curb the use of the drugs through a series of new restrictions, including requirements for a second doctor’s opinion in some cases, computer alerts for social workers when unusual prescribing practices are detected and thorough medical examinations before and after the medications are provided.
Gay advocates say Florida proposals deserve same backlash as Indiana
The Florida Times-Union - 04/07/2015
Indiana’s law that critics said was legalizing discrimination against gay people caused national headlines, threats of boycotts and ultimately revisions to quell the uproar.
Florida is one of 20 other states that have similar laws. The language is different and at the time Florida’s “religious freedom” bill was passed in 1998 it didn’t face scrutiny as being anti-gay, according to a PolitiFact analysis.
Could This Amendment Save Adoptee Adam Crapser From Deportation?
NBC News - 04/07/2015
“Adoption is the creation of a formal legal relationship where the adoptee becomes the legal heir of the adopter and any legal rights with the first parents are terminated,” Kelsey Hye Sun March, a Korean adoptee and Washington, DC, attorney working to get the amendment passed, told NBC News. “When U.S.-citizen parents legally adopt a foreign-born child, a new legal family is created and legal ties with the child’s birth country are terminated.”
The Culture of Family: Adopting a New View
Adoption Today - 04/07/2015
We know from the research the damage that occurs when a child of color is raised without regular interactions with role models and peers who are racially and ethnically diverse.
If we want to have meaningful conversations about transracial adoption, we must first have meaningful conversations about race and class in America. Creating a new family culture through adoption also speaks to more insidious cultural differences.