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McConnell Co-Sponsors Adoptive Family Relief Act
SurfKY News - 05/13/2015
The bipartisan Adoptive Family Relief Act, introduced today by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), would allow the U.S. Department of State to waive fees for adoptive families who must continually renew the visas for their adopted children who remain unable to travel to the U.S., such as in the case of the ongoing exit permit suspension in the DRC.
Group wants adoption law enforced
FOX 23 - 05/13/2015
She said either a child’s placed in a non-tribal home and later a tribal family decides to adopt the child or a child is placed in a tribal home and family members later decide they want the child.
In both situations she said children are torn away.
“I will always object to a removal, tribal or not, if you’re trying to remove a child over 6 months, if the placement is not causing them harm and willing to make it permanent. I will not object I don’t care who you are,” said Murphy.
Haiti tightens adoption rules as children disappear
SBS - 05/13/2015
The Haitian government is cracking down on international adoptions in a bid to warn poor Haitians about orphanage recruiters roaming the countryside with money or false promises.
The new measures include tightening up regulations and carrying out public awareness campaigns.
Texas Legislature Poised to Sanction Discrimination in Adoption: Adoption Groups and HRC Fight Back
Human Rights Campaign - 05/13/2015
Upon hearing this hateful news, HRC and our allies swung into action: In a letter to Texas lawmakers, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), Voice for Adoption (VFA), and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) blasted HB3864 because it would empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. If passed, the discriminatory bill would deny countless children access to caring homes. It could also prevent eligible interfaith couples, same-sex couples, and couples where one individual was previously divorced, the opportunity to care for a child in need.
Texas Lawmakers To Consider Anti-Gay, ‘License To Discriminate’ Adoption Amendment
Towelroad - 05/13/2015
Earlier this month, the Human Rights Campaign issued a release in which major child advocacy groups came out against Sanford’s adoption bill:
In a letter to Texas lawmakers, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), Voice for Adoption (VFA), and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) blasted the legislation that would empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. If passed, the discriminatory bill would deny countless children access to caring homes. It could also prevent eligible interfaith couples, same-sex couples, and couples where one individual was previously divorced, the opportunity to care for a child in need.
News 2 I-Team Investigates: Foster Care Crisis
News 2 - 05/12/2015
Right now there are thousands of kids in South Carolina who need foster homes, but a News 2 investigation found it’s not a lack of foster parents keeping kids in the state’s care. The problem, according to many parents is the process to become a licensed foster parent.
Laurie Bergeron started the process more than eight months ago, but she feels like giving up. She is willing and experienced. She’s cared for 30 kids in other states and even adopted her youngest son Jayden.
Indiana’s All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center Finally Offers Women The “Options” They Actually Need
Bustle - 05/12/2015
When a woman facing an unintended pregnancy walks into the All-Options center in Bloomington, she can expect to find what she’s looking for — even if she doesn’t know it yet. Dockray calls the center’s support “open-hearted and open-minded,” and much like the Talkline hotline, there will be trained advocates who are experts in abortion, adoption, parenting, or pregnancy loss. Many of these advocates, like volunteer Angelique Saavedra, may have gone through the experience themselves.
‘So grateful': Couple who serenaded ‘Dear Future Baby’ welcomes son
Today - 05/12/2015
The couple announced the addition to their family on their Joe and Joey Adopt Facebook page, with Morales saying, “Joey and I are incredibly honored and humbled to welcome our son, Jackson Rudy to the world! Life as we know it has changed and I’m happy to say that it’s all for the better…we are so grateful that our son found us.”
Man reunites with birth mom after 33 years
King 5 - 05/12/2015
David said he was afraid he had been forgotten, but he found a woman who’d tattooed his name on her arm and had love for him in her heart. She said she had to let him go because she was only 13-years-old when gave birth.
“I wasn’t really settled in life,” said Cordle.
After 33-years of wondering and wanting to know, instead of rejection David found open arms.
“I feel like my heart is whole,” he said.
Grassley, Stabenow Introduce the Foster Youth Stamp Act
Mix 107.3 - 05/11/2015
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, have introduced the Families for Foster Youth Stamp Act. This bipartisan legislation provides for the issuance and sale of a semi-postal stamp by the United States Postal Service to support effective programs targeted at improving permanency outcomes for youth in foster care.