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Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress
Zimbabwe Standard - 12/01/2014
Of the hundreds of children in Sierra Leone who have lost parents to Ebola, the vast majority have lost both their mother and their father.
Foreign adoptees face racism
The Copenhagen Post - 12/01/2014
A sizeable proportion of Danish people adopted from overseas countries say they have been met with racism and discrimination in Denmark.
Adopted Children Recall Their Mother’s Native Language, Even If They Only Heard It In The Womb, Study Says
Headlines & Global News - 12/01/2014
Scientists have discovered that infants, who hear their mother’s language while in the womb, retain that language even if they never use it after birth, according to Science Daily.
States start to crack down on parents ‘re-homing’ their adopted kids
ABA Journal - 12/01/2014
The process of re-homing has been largely unregulated-no federal laws prohibit the exchange of unwanted adopted kids. Most states allow private adoptions, but the processes vary widely and oversight is limited. In most cases, re-homing may be executed by a simple power-of-attorney letter or a notarized statement without government authorities or even any lawyers vetting the new parents.
The Tax Realities of Adoption
Forbes - 11/30/2014
While the children adopted in 2014 have brought joy to their adoptive families, they have also brought new tax realities for them. Here are some often asked questions about the Adoption Credit on federal income taxes.
Government bans adoption of children by foreigners
East African Standard - 11/29/2014
The Cabinet has approved “an indefinite moratorium on inter-country adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners….The move is a response to concerns about increased cases of child trafficking through abuse of Kenya’s adoption processes by foreigners.
Marriage equality eliminate hurdles for same-sex couple adoptions
Charleston Gazette - 11/28/2014
Sarah Kimble, a stay-at-home mom, remembers her frantic calls to attorneys in 2010, trying to find one who would represent her in legally adopting the son she was already caring for every day….She and wife Laura Kimble have been together for 11 years and have adopted three children….They say that now that marriage equality is a reality, adopting a child is no longer a discriminatory process for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians
For the first time, same-sex couples can be foster parents in Utah
Fox 13 Salt Lake City - 11/26/2014
The Utah Foster Care Foundation, a group that works with the state to find foster parents and place children with them, has started to see same-sex couples express an interest in helping out. … Utah law allows single people and legally married couples to be foster parents. That previously excluded same-sex couples, who could not legally wed. But with the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Utah’s appeal of Amendment 3 and the governor ordering state agencies to recognize same-sex marriage, it’s a new opportunity for the foster care system to reach an untapped audience.
Congressional priorities: The future of our nation’s foster care system
The Hill - 11/25/2014
With more than 100,000 children waiting in the foster care system for adoptive families, a record number homeless and an alarming increasing number of children in this country going hungry, it is time to make positive, permanent changes on behalf of children.
KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend
The Kansas City Star - 11/25/2014
Munday, a Jackson County resident, is among 7 million Americans who are raising at least one grandchild — about 10 percent of the grandparent population nationwide. In just two years, that number has increased from a U.S. Census Bureau count of 2.7 million in 2012.