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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.

How deserted children are ending up in foreign homes

The Nation - 08/23/2014

Excerpt: “It is the foreign nature of the operations of the applicant and its allies that is likely to expose Kenyan children to child-trafficking. The same cannot be said of the 6th interested party whose operations are entirely local”.

Children are declared available for adoption after staying in children homes for long without family or kin coming forward to claim them. An adoption order granted by the court grants complete parental rights and responsibilities over the child to the adoptive parents.

Guilford teen in foster care finds right home, sets sights high

New Haven Register - 08/23/2014

Julia Carr and her brother were adopted from Russia in 2003. She lived with her adoptive parents in Clinton until 2012 when the adoption was disrupted. She has since lived with five foster families, but that hasn’t stopped her from becoming an All-State soccer player with plans to go to college next year. “The challenge as we seek to improve is to find more families for teenagers,” said Gary Kleeblatt, DCF Communications Director. “Julia’s story is a wonderful example of how teenagers can thrive in foster families and how foster families can derive great emotional joy from providing a home for teenagers.”

Civil rights groups sue to bar expedited deportations of Central American families

Washington Post - 08/22/2014

In the coming weeks, Obama is expected to announce plans to use executive action to increase federal resources at the border to speed up the deportations of Central Americans while also offering deportation relief for up to several million undocumented immigrants who have lived in the country for many years. DHS officials have said the number of Central American immigrants entering the United States illegally dropped by half in July, compared with the previous two months.

These children have crossed the U.S. border, but their journeys are far from over

Washington Post - 08/21/2014

Nearly 63,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the Mexican border this year. Once reunited, many of the families seek help from groups such as CASA of Maryland, which provides legal advice and assistance integrating. All the children will have dates in court, when immigration judges will decide whether they qualify as refugees. Both the White House and legal advocates have predicted that most may be deported.

US families, Congolese orphans in limbo as African government halts adoptions

Fox News - 08/20/2014

Earlier, in April, the State Department invited a Congolese delegation to come to the U.S. to see homes the children were slated to be adopted into, but the delegation pulled out at the last minute without explanation. Several families in the same predicament said they have been told by adoption agencies in recent months that the ban could soon be lifted. The Congolese government, set to convene on Sept. 15, has signaled that new adoption laws will be put in place and that the blanket ban on exit visas will be lifted. But frustrated American families are skeptical.

How do you have ‘the talk’ with your black child if you’re not black yourself?

Public Radio International - 08/20/2014

Issues of race and policing have become particularly salient over the last ten days, since the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Fisher-Paulson says he can’t shield his adopted son from the realities of being black in America. “I had to be honest with him in that, sometimes in the world, there are still people who will profile an 11-year-old boy simply based on his race,” Fisher-Paulson says. He hopes that conversations like the ones that take place at his table can ease that tension. When Fisher-Paulson looks at the situation in Ferguson, he sees a clear lack of understanding between the police force and the community.

HHS Refines TANF Reporting on Child Welfare Spending

CWLA - 08/20/2014

States will also report in a separate category Child Welfare Services which include: Family Support/Family Preservation/Reunification Services, Adoption Services (services and activities designed to promote and support successful adoptions including pre- and post-adoptive services to support adoptive families, as well as adoptive parent training and recruitment), and
Additional Child Welfare Services (other services provided to children and families at risk of being in the child welfare system, or who are involved in the child welfare system.)

Mexico’s Orphanages – Black Holes for Children

Inter Press Service News Agency - 08/18/2014

“The state is 30 years behind in terms of guaranteeing the rights of children in public policies,” said Martín Pérez, executive director of the Mexican Network for the Rights of Children. Since the state does not provide funds, it does not exercise oversight either. “And that leaves children in a vulnerable position. The shelters become a black hole; no one knows what educational method they’re using…what damage is caused,” He stated. “We believe it is necessary to avoid institutionalization and to have a general law on alternative care, and we urgently need clear, detailed information on children in institutions,” said Pérez.

Governor McAuliffe Appoints Adoption Champion - 08/18/2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Deborah J. Johnston as Virginia’s newest Adoption Champion. An adoptee herself, Ms. Johnston is the owner of a Midlothian-based home health care agency. She is passionate about helping children find permanent families, and in her new role, will work to support the Commonwealth’s permanency efforts statewide. Last year’s VAdopts: Campaign for 1,000, successfully resulted in 1,041 adoption matches and 695 finalized adoptions.

Colorado’s new adoption law helps man find family

9 News - 08/17/2014

Matthew Abdulla is adopted, he loves his family, the mom and dad who raised him, but he had to know where he came from. For the past 26 years he’s been looking for his birth mother.

“I was curious as to where I came from and why my mom gave me up,” Abdulla said. “I tried looking but because the law was sealed, you’d have to be on your death bed before they’d open up that file.” The new Colorado Senate Bill 14-051, effective July 1 gave Abdulla and other adoptees access to their records.