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New York urged to cut number of foster-care kids in foster care group homes

Times-Union - 05/19/2015

“Too often our kids enter the child welfare system for various reasons, and in those cases our goals should be to get them the services they need, reunify them with their family or place them with a kin family member or place them in a loving, caring foster home,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“I will be working with … members of this committee to come to a consensus on reducing the reliance on group homes,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch R-Utah), who is the chair of the committee.

Local couple uses crowd sourcing to fund adoption

ABC 7 - 05/19/2015

Desperate for a child, the Doschs began explore adoption. Eric says adoption has always been in the back of his mind.

“I guess I was always open to it; I always thought it was something I could see myself doing,” he said.
The pair say they knew the endeavor was going to costly. The U.S. department of Health and Human Services says depending on the type of agency, fees could cost a couple up to $40,000.

Gillibrand bill would smooth adoption for LGBT couples, individuals

Times Union - 05/19/2015

“With a loving family, these children can have a bright future,” she said. “We should not be preventing responsible adults from welcoming children into their homes.”
Gillibrand cited a Congressional Budget Office estimate that permitting LGBT adoption and foster parenting would save $100 million over five years.
Support for LGBT adoption and foster-care rights is in line with Gillibrand’s signature stands on other social issues, including paid family leave, medical marijuana and halting sexual abuse in the military and on campus.

Russia Urges Punishment for All US Abusers of Adopted Russian Kids

Sputnik - 05/19/2015

The Russian Foreign Ministry has also called on the US authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the activity of the Ranch for Kids, a respite care home in rural Montana, that looks after troubled Russian adoptees.
Adoptions have become a thorny issue in US-Russia relations following a series of scandals, including the uproar surrounding a seven-year-old boy who was sent back to Russia unaccompanied in 2010 by an adoptive US mother.

A remarkable reunion

Times Gazette - 05/19/2015

“I never thought I would know anything about my birth family, and now, all of a sudden, I’ve got a huge family,” Watts said.
He said that his adoptive family has always been supportive, adding that if they had not been, he would not have sought out his birth family.
“Not every outcome is going to be like mine,” Watts said, adding that he knows how fortunate he is in that regard.
He said he understands why he was put up for adoption, saying it was the best thing his two young parents could have done for him.

With LGBT Youth In Foster Care Facing Bias and Discrimination, HRC Issues Call to Action to Address

HRC - 05/19/2015

“It’s a sad reality that most of the stories we hear about how LGBTQ youth are treated in foster care are pretty grim, ” said Celeste Bodner, executive director of FosterClub. “Along with HRC, the young leaders of FosterClub recognize the urgent need to address the unequal treatment their LGBTQ peers face in foster care.”

Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation

NPR - 05/19/2015

“When I go to bed at night, I panic for just a second ’cause I realize that there’s a very, very real possibility that they will send me away.”..”Now legislation is being introduced in Congress to give adult adoptees like him citizenship, but it could face long odds. Linda Chavez says that’s unfortunate.”

Homer G. Records Reveal Death Certificate, Birth Mother

CBS St. Louis - 05/19/2015

Watkins says the mother felt a renewed grief at the loss of her child, but was also relieved to know her baby wasn’t taken. He is also receiving calls from adults born at Homer G. Phillips who are suspicious about their births.

Anti-Equality Legislators in Texas Desperately Trying to Resurrect Bills

HRC - 05/18/2015

In a letter that HRC delivered to Texas lawmakers, last week, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), Voice for Adoption (VFA), and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) opposed Rep. Sanford’s effort because it would allow some adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. It 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.

80-year-old Utah man meets son for the first time; heartwarming moment caught on camera - 05/18/2015

He didn’t know his girlfriend had gotten pregnant and given their child up for adoption.
“And one thing led to another, and I never really saw her, and I guess she put that baby up for adoption as soon as she had it,” Fay said. “And so he has been looking ever since he was 12 years old for his birth father, and that’s me.”
Fay said the revelation brings him joy.
“With him I now have eight sons and two daughters, so I’m a very happy man with that big a family.”