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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.

Changes in adoption landscape have parents looking toward children in foster care

Bethany Christian Services - 10/17/2014

International adoptions in the U.S. are down 69 percent over the last ten years. That, coupled with the fact that teenage birth rates are declining – down 38.4 percent from 2007 to 2013 – is pushing couples who are looking to grow their families through adoption to explore other options.

Alabama lays out its case for why Mobile lesbian should be denied right to adopt stepson - 10/17/2014

All things being equal, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office argued Friday in a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, children are better off with a father and a mother. The case, one of three pending in Alabama’s federal courts, seeks to force the state to recognize a California marriage between two Mobile women so that the non-biological parent can legally adopt the boy they have raised from birth.

A Mother’s Fight for Her Son

The Huffington Post - 10/16/2014

Impartial option counseling for mothers considering placing a child for adoption without duress, coercion, or fraud, as well as ensuring adequate time to decide to relinquish parental rights, and reasonable time to revoke a decision made in haste, are vital to protect the integrity and longevity of adoption placements.

New Michigan foster care placement policy to consider infant, toddler attachments to parents

Associated Press - 10/15/2014

Michigan Human Services Director Maura Corrigan and Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Executive Director Deborah Weatherston made the policy announcement Wednesday in Lansing…The infant mental health advocacy group and Corrigan’s office say separation from parents can be traumatic and impair emotional, social, physical and cognitive development of very young children.

Separated sisters reunited after 63 years

Roxby Downs Sun - 10/15/2014

The sisters, separated by adoption 63 years ago, are firm in their conviction there was “something” in their psyche that kept them connected despite Joanna, now living in Cornwall, England, not knowing she had a sister or an extended family.

Huddersfield University academics to investigate effects of childhood adoption in adulthood

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner - 10/15/2014

Academics from Huddersfield University are investigating the long-term impacts of adoption amid record levels of children being found new families…Dr Jo Woodiwiss, a senior lecturer in sociology, is organising the adoption conference at the university to coincide with National Adoption Week in November.

Same-Sex Adoption Now Legal in Virginia

Metro Weekly - 10/14/2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday issued a bulletin to local social service divisions throughout the commonwealth that, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia, adoption between same-sex spouses is both legal and recognized as valid in the state.

Texas Attorney General: ‘It Does Not Matter’ If Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Children

Think Progress - 10/14/2014

The marriage equality fight is still playing out in many states, and on Friday, Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R) filed his state’s latest brief defending its ban on same-sex marriage.

Cuts to Child Welfare Force States to Spend Smarter - 10/14/2014

The first report by the Urban Institute found that total federal expenditures on children by the federal government in 2013 were up from 2012, but still below what it spent in 2010. The report further projects that outlays on children will drop as much as 10 percent through the next decade.

Orphanage care linked to thinner brain tissue in regions related to ADHD

Medical Press - 10/14/2014

Under the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, thousands of Romanian children were placed in overcrowded orphanages with bleak conditions and minimal human contact. University of Washington research on children who began life in these institutions shows that early childhood neglect is associated with changes in brain structure.