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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.

“Hicks Babies” Trying to Find Their Roots Decades Later

CBS News - 10/12/2014

It’s been more than 60 years since the illegal adoptions started and more than 20 years since the news was broadcast nationwide. But in Georgia, there are still hundreds of people looking for answers. They are among the Hicks Babies.

Adoptees of 1950s, 1960s Run Up Against Scanty Record-Keeping

South China Morning Post - 10/12/2014

The Social Welfare Department and International Social Service (ISS) in Hong Kong told the Sunday Morning Post they did not hold reliable records for the number of adoptions or orphans for the 20-year period from 1950, as record-keeping was not systematic or even required.

Rankin Judge Jailed Adopted Minors in Custody Case

The Clarion-Ledger - 10/10/2014

When 16-year-old Ruslan Stubbs and his brother 18-year-old Elijah Stubbs told a Rankin County judge as politely as they could they didn’t want to live with their adoptive mother, he ordered them to jail.

Bill offering more protection for adoptive parents, children advances to full NJ Assembly - 10/09/2014

A bill released Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee would allow an adoptive parent to take out a temporary restraining order against a parent who gave up a child for adoption and who then tries to contact the adoptive parent without consent.

DHS receives approval to launch efforts to reduce need for foster care, recruit adoptive families

Oklahoma Department of Human Services - 10/09/2014

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) has received approval from the federal government to begin a project to safely reduce the need for foster care services, and to create a new approach to recruiting families for children with special needs waiting the longest for adoption.

Adoption and race: should white parents be able to adopt black children?

The South African - 10/09/2014

Parents Wendy and Hein Jourbert, who are white and have adopted a black boy and girl, said people should adopt out of love and because they want children, not to do the child a favour…However, some people are against the issue of transracial adoption and it is a controversial issue among traditionalists.

New Irish legislation rules father’s name must appear on child’s birth certificate

Irish Central - 10/09/2014

Under new legislation in Ireland, the father’s name will now have to appear on every child’s birth certificate – the senate passed the bill in September, and the legislation is to be enacted by the end of this year. This new modernization in civil registration, titled the Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014, is intended to prevent marriages of convenience, record deaths of Irish people who die abroad, validate marriages carried out by people in their country’s embassy in Ireland, and provide Irish children with the right to their identities, the Irish Examiner reported.

Doctor in dock for adoption scam

The Times of India - 10/09/2014

A Delhi-based doctor and three others have been put on trial by a court for allegedly running an adoption racket in the capital. The court has ordered framing of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery against the four accused saying there was sufficient material and documents on record to proceed against them.

Olympian Jamie Baulch’s search for birth mother

BBC News - 10/08/2014

Olympic silver medallist Jamie Baulch, who was adopted, had never thought about searching for his birth mother. He was adopted by a couple from Risca, near Newport in 1973 and was happy with his “marvellous” parents. But a chance conversation with singer and now television producer Connie Fisher last Christmas left him wanting to say thank you to the woman who chose to go through with the pregnancy and gave birth to him.

Married same-sex couples eligible for adoptions - 10/08/2014

Monday’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia means both spouses are eligible to adopt a child together, according to the Virginia Office of Attorney General. Kim Whitemore with Adoptions of the Heart in Chesapeake said her agency has already received calls from people eager to start the process.