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Manatee County program aims to make adoptions last
Brandenton Herald - 06/30/2015
When Manatee County parents returned 14 adopted children to the state in a recent 22-month period, it sent shock waves through the local social service community.
In an effort to prevent more returned children, Manatee County government has approved a $376,758 contract for a new adoption preservation program to be run by Family Partnership Center, 602 Third St. E., Bradenton, executive director Katrina Bellemare announced Monday.
“It’s tragic and should never happen,” Bellemare said. “This program is so needed.”
These new support services for adopted families, called the Chosen Family Program, will be the first of their kind in several years in Manatee County, Bellemare said.
The One Thing You Should Say to an Adoptive Family
Huffington Post - 06/30/2015
I held my breath, waiting to hear a common question (“Are they all yours?” or “What country are they from?” or “Are those your foster kids?”) or statement (“Wow! Those kids are so cute. I just love little brown babies!” or “God bless you for adopting!” or “I’ve always wanted to adopt!”), but this woman surprised me.
She continued to smile and said to me, with the utmost sincerity, “You have such a beautiful family.”
My sigh of thankful relief may have been audible. My eyes brimmed with tears and I said, “Thank you.”
Same-sex couples still face adoption obstacles in the wake of SCOTUS ruling
WCPO Cincinnati - 06/29/2015
Same-sex couples overcame a major obstacle last week when The Supreme Court ruled bans on gay marriage unconstitutional and made same-sex marriages recognized across the entire country.
However, the ruling’s power essentially stops there .
Friday’s ruling had no mention or jurisdiction over adoption practices.
While increased rights for same-sex couples may insinuate an easier in the adoption process, this is not necessarily the case.
Maine kinship families forming bonds, seeking support
Portland Press Herald - 06/29/2015
The number of children living in kinship families dwarfs those in foster care, but unlike foster families, kinship families receive almost no support from the state or the communities in which they live.
What about LGBT kids?
Detroit Free Press - 06/28/2015
Earlier this month, the state Legislature passed a law, promptly signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, allowing adoption agencies the right to refuse service to prospective LGBT adoptive parents. It was a preemptive move designed to dilute last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Conservative Lawmakers and Faith Groups Seek Exemptions After Same-Sex Ruling
NY Times - 06/26/2015
Within hours of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, an array of conservatives including the governors of Texas and Louisiana and religious groups called for stronger legal protections for those who want to avoid any involvement in same-sex marriage, like catering a gay wedding or providing school housing to gay couples, based on religious beliefs.
They demanded establishing clear religious exemptions from discrimination laws, tax penalties or other government regulations for individuals, businesses and religious-affiliated institutions wishing to avoid endorsing such marriages.
When Love Wins, Children Win Too: Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage
Forbes - 06/26/2015
It’s time for that stigma to end, not just legally but socially in every corner of the U.S. This ruling will convey to those children that not only their parents love and accept them but also that their government respects their families and the right of their parents to love one another. There is no question that the modeling of a healthy, loving relationship between two parents is the best way to teach children how to develop healthy relationships themselves.
Today, A Commitment to Families
Today’s action by the court signifies a vitally important step; this is just the first of many though that will need to be taken for us to arrive at a place in which we celebrate and embrace the richness of diversity, not simply tolerate it.
Gay Marriage Upheld by Supreme Court in Close Ruling
The New York Times - 06/26/2015
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.
The 5-to-4 decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage.
Human Rights Campaign to sponsor counter-conference in Utah to celebrate ‘Inclusive Families’
The Salt Lake Tribune - 06/26/2015
That’s largely why HRC is backing Utah’s Inclusive Families event, set for Oct. 23-24 at the University of Utah’s College of Social Work.
“The conference recognizes there are diverse families that don’t fit into the WCF model,” Cobb said, “and that’s important.”
That diversity includes all types of “nontraditional” families, including LGBT, those with mixed racial or religious identities, adoptive, differently abled, multigenerational families, as well as street families formed by those in Utah’s homeless community, conference organizer Marian Edmonds-Allen said.