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IN: Suit seeks Indiana subsidies for adoptive parents

Associated Press - 06/02/2014

The lawsuit, filed in LaPorte County by Debbie Moss of LaPorte, seeks class-action status for 1,400 families on a waiting list for money meant to help them raise adopted children. A judge has to approve the case before it becomes a class action.

The Modern Orphans of Mississippi

The Atlantic - 06/01/2014

The Palmer Home in Mississippi has greatly transformed the terminology and definition of the term ‘orphanage.’ The modern day facility has been greatly successful in providing care along their goals of being a “whole child initiative,” which focuses on nurturing the children emotionally, educationally, physically, spiritually, and heading them toward independence.

US: Poll: Strong Majority Now Believe Gays Should Be Allowed to Adopt Kids

Christian Post - 06/01/2014

A strong majority, 63 percent, of Americans now say that same-sex couples should have a legal right to adopt a child, according to a new Gallup poll. About one in three, 35 percent, are opposed. The recent poll was the first time Gallup showed a clear majority supportive of giving same-sex couples the legal right to adopt a child.

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.