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NJ adoptees can get birth certificates in 2017 under compromise between Christie, lawmakers

The Star-Ledger - 04/28/2014

Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers have reached an historic agreement that will give adopted New Jerseyans access to their birth certificates, capping a 34-year effort supporters described as a civil rights struggle for their identities and medical histories. Under the compromise that will be announced today, adoption records would be opened in New Jersey for the first time since 1940, when they were sealed by a court order.

NJ adoptees to get birth certificates in 2017

Birth Mother First Mother Forum - 04/28/2014

New Jersey will soon join the list of states giving adopted people their birth certificates. In a compromise worked out with Gov. Chris Christie, first mothers will have until the end of 2016 to have their…

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.