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N.J. adoption law of national importance
Asbury Park Press - 05/31/2014
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill reforming the state’s laws to allow adoptees access to their original birth certificates last week. Standing alongside Gov. Christie was Adam Pertman, president of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Pertman’s presence underscored the historic nature of the bill the governor signed, which will reverse more than 70 years of official secrecy surrounding adoptions in New Jersey. “I think we have a trend going,” Pertman said Tuesday. “New Jersey just enacted its law today. Last week it was Colorado. A couple of months before it was Washington state. And the numbers are really mounting as people get more information and understand that the potential downsides just aren’t happening anywhere.”
RI: Langevin, Kilmartin spotlight tragedy of ‘re-homing’
Warwick Beacon - 05/29/2014
Liya, Tarikuwa and Flatley agreed that one of the biggest problems that allows re-homing to continue is the lack of post-adoption services for children and parents. This leads to more disrupted adoptions because families are not receiving the services needed for a smoother transition for new parents to acclimate to a new child and vice versa.
Adopted kid reunited with birth mom 16 years later over Instagram
KUSA - 05/28/2014
Since he was a kid, Reed Cohen always knew he had been adopted. His two mothers made that very clear when they had an honest discussion with Reed about his past. He never got a chance to meet his birth mother. All he knew was her first name. Like many teenagers, Reed spends a lot of time on social media, especially Facebook and Instagram. After posting some baby pictures to his Instagram account, Reed discovered the person who ‘liked’ his pictures turned out to be his birth mother.
Democratic Republic of Congo: 15 Congolese adoptions resume in U.S. after public pressure
KWWL - 05/28/2014
Families attempting to adopt from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were hopeful their pleas for help were being heard after months of pressuring government officials to lift a suspension of exit letters, a document required for their legally adopted children to leave the DRC.
China: In rural China, an innovative solution to reaching to vulnerable children
Unicef News - 05/27/2014
The Child Welfare Project was started in 2010 in 120 villages in five provinces to reach children affected by HIV/AIDS. Built on the same concept as the ‘barefoot doctors’, who became famous for bringing health care to rural areas in China, the idea is to reach poor and remote children in a cost-effective and efficient way.
Ireland: Adopted children fight Irish state secrecy to find parents
World Bulletin - 05/27/2014
Catholic Ireland’s system of compelling unwed mothers to give up their babies to secret adoptions ended in the 1980s, but thousands of mothers and children are still being kept apart.
NJ: Bill Gives NJ Adoptees Much More Access to Info on Birth Parents, Medical History
NJ Spotlight - 05/27/2014
People who were adopted in New Jersey would get access to their birth records – or, if their birth parents object, to their birth family’s medical history — under a bill heading to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk after a 34-year effort to enact such legislation. Also: Adoptees get right to original birth certificate in N.J.
US: International adoption bill orphaned
Washington Times - 05/20/2014
A bipartisan bill to reform international adoption in the U.S. is running into stiff opposition. Opponents counter that the proposed bill is an effort by adoption agencies to save the lucrative but dwindling practice of international adoption.
Adoptees can soon get pre-adoption birth certificates
KIRO 7 - 05/20/2014
A new law will open access to original, pre-adoption birth certificates for all Washington-born adult adoptees beginning in July, state officials announced Tuesday.
Adoptees praise law giving access to their birth records
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/20/2014
In the four years since Illinois became the most populous state in the U.S. to give adoptees the right to see their original birth certificates, about 10,500 individuals have obtained that vital piece of paper that most of us take for granted.