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We know that news coverage and access to timely information drive awareness and, ultimately, the ability to influence positive change. Widely recognized as a leading authority on issues related to adoption, DAI is often featured in major media outlets. We also monitor, and share, developments in adoption and foster care policy, research, resources, as well as news, to keep practitioners, advocates, and those touched by adoption informed.

U.S. 280 family creates family with open adoption

280 Living - 01/26/2015

Four years later, and Alex and Kelley are still members of the Nolans’ extended family. Anytime Caleb does something great, Samantha will send Kelley a message or picture, and anytime Alex and Kelley are in Birmingham, they get together with the Nolans.

Virginia lesbian parents win birth certificate case

WRAL - 01/26/2015

“If a man can contribute his sperm and not carry the child and be deemed a legal parent, then a woman can contribute her eggs and be deemed a legal parent,” Quinn told the newspaper.

Institutional neglect changes kids’ brain structure

Reuters - 01/26/2015

Nelson said, “Brain development after birth depends on experience, especially during critical periods. If experiences don’t occur during critical periods, developments don’t happen.”

Couple working with Farmington Hills adoption agency turns to social media

Farmington Voice - 01/26/2015

“We see more birth mothers seeking information to find adoptive families,” she said. “There’s a trend for birth mothers, when they think about adoption, wanting to choose a family, then contacting the agency to do the legal work, making a hospital plan, and providing emotional support.”

Gay couples find a new way to adopt in Arizona

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 01/25/2015

But despite the restrictive wording of Arizona’s adoption law, which says only husbands and wives can jointly adopt, local attorneys have found a workaround for same-sex couples: step-parent adoptions.

Abbott’s plan to overhaul adoption laws

The Daily Telegraph - 01/25/2015

“For too long, it has been too hard to adopt and for too long, this has been a policy no-go zone,” he said. “It shouldn’t be that way — because adoption is all about giving children a better life. This is all about helping families who want a child, and the children who need a safe and loving family.

No family left behind

Mashable - 01/25/2015

American women are meant to be grateful for what we do have—even if it’s a pittance by international standards. Of course, I am grateful, but I also wonder how politics poisoned this country’s leave policy long ago and turned an arbitrary number into a force that rules our lives and families.

Va. Senate panel rejects adoption by unmarried gay couples

Richmond Times-Dispatch - 01/23/2015

Virginia doesn’t require opposite-sex parents to marry in order for both to have legal rights to their children, but that’s not true for same-sex parents, Howell said.

Separated after birth, 73-year-old kisses mom for first time

The Tennessean - 01/23/2015

Instead, she looked into her son’s eyes. They embraced. Reunited after 73 years, Pate kissed his mother on the cheek.
“When you meet your blood kin, you can place yourself,” he says.

Alabama’s gay-marriage ban struck down by federal judge

The Times-Picayune - 01/23/2015

She said the children of gay couples are “just as worthy of protection and recognition by the State as are the children being raised by opposite-sex parents.”