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Bill would allow adopting parents to take leave from work

The Des Moines Register - 03/02/2015

The bill, passed by a Senate committee Monday, would require employers to allow adoptive parents to take time off of work without fear of repercussion to handle the adoption process and to spend time with their child after the adoption is completed.

Effort to unseal adoption records in MO

5 KSDK - 03/02/2015

When it comes to people who are adopted, what you don’t know about the health history of your biological family could kill you.

Raven girl: Adoptive parents work to preserve Alaska Native daughter’s culture

Alaska Dispatch News - 03/01/2015

Five years in, we’re still scratching our heads. How do we keep Olive connected to her culture? We’re non-Native without a large circle of Native friends. How do we pull this off? It’s unresolved. But contact with Olive’s birth family has allowed us to start feeling like things are coming together

Transfiguring Adoption: Blog uses Harry Potter to start conversations

Knoxville News Sentinel - 02/28/2015

“A lot of times talk therapy doesn’t work on children, but sometimes listening to a song together and talking about it or reading a book together and talking about it gets those light bulbs going off,” Margie notes. “The important thing is working together as a family and as a team, saying, ‘I’m on your side.’”

Adoption by same-sex parent recognized by Alabama appeals court after decision reversal - 02/27/2015

The court, however, still said that Judge Chambliss erred in awarding V.L. visitation without affording the biological mother a hearing. “Courts of equity have broad power to act for the best interests of children, but that power must be exercised consistently with the due-process rights of both parents,” according to the ruling.

YouTube Helps Two Girls Realize They’re Long Lost Twins

Good Magazine - 02/26/2015

After her discovery, Bordier sent Futerman a message on Facebook, explaining the extraordinary coincidences, and the documentary chronicles the following months of correspondence. Eventually they met in London to take a DNA test, which proved that they are biological matches, according to Wired.

BIA Releases New ICWA Guidelines to Protect Native Families and Children

Indian Country - 02/26/2015

Working in collaboration with other government agencies to press for the full implementation of the federal law, Washburn confirmed that the BIA is redoubling its efforts to prevent the break-up of Indian families and the further destruction of tribal communities.

Grandparents raising grandchildren a growing trend

Clay Today - 02/26/2015

Often called grandfamilies, grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing trend in Florida and around the nation. For an array of reasons from drug addiction to mental and physical health issues and economic challenges, some parents are out of the picture while their parents care for the children either temporarily or permanently

Adoption: Irish women open up about their experiences with adoption

Irish Independent - 02/25/2015

For the first few years I found out details about her life, but it was just too difficult to keep that up. For me, to have adopted is like grieving but there has been no death. It’s never gone away. It has been a great sadness in my life, and has affected most of my relationships because I’ve never forgiven myself.

The Voices of Ethiopian adoptees in Black History Month

The Lost Daughters - 02/25/2015

Still, this should happen all year round. “Black” issues are everyone’s issues, just like Black history is everyone’s history. The histories and achievements of Black African people should be highlighted all throughout the year, not just in February