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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.

Open adoptions to go under Barnados microscope

The Age - 07/11/2014

Removed by the courts from her drug-addicted mother as a baby, now 18-year-old HSC student Tori Peden has become a fierce advocate of the benefits of open adoption.

Doing Right by the Unaccompanied Children on Our Border

American Civil Liberties Union - 07/10/2014

There are children in cages along the U.S.-Mexico border right now. And more are showing up every day. Three-quarters of these kids ­- some as young as four – are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and the “murder capital” of the world, Honduras. Many are fleeing rampant drug, gang, and sexual violence in these countries, risking a long and extremely dangerous journey for a chance at a future.

Johnson Legislation Helps Indian Country Adoption Tax Credit

KELO - 07/10/2014

U.S. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD), James Inhofe (R-OK), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced the Tribal Adoption Parity Act. The legislation ensures parents adopting American Indian and Alaskan Native children through tribal courts are treated fairly under our nation’s tax code by making it easier for adoptive parents across Indian Country to claim the full adoption tax credit for “special needs” children.

Child Immigrant Crisis: Is it ‘emergency’ enough for Congress to Act?

Chriatian Science Monitor - 07/09/2014

Given the urgent humanitarian crisis along the southern border, the White House is calling for a swift, bipartisan response to the president’s request for emergency funding. It says the money will improve the living conditions of the children, speed up the judicial process to decide their cases, beef up border surveillance and security, and assist countries in taking back those who are deported.

Illinois Adoptees Receiving Original Birth Certificates Thanks To New Law publication name

CBS - 07/09/2014

Thanks to a fairly new law in Illinois, thousands of adoptees have received their original birth certificates.

Braley-Introduced Resolution on Congolese Adoptions Overwhelmingly Passes House

KIOW - 07/08/2014

The United States House of Representatives today passed H.Res 588—a resolution that Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced with Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-07) and a bipartisan coalition—in an overwhelming and bipartisan fashion. The resolution officially requests that the Congolese government resume processing adoption cases and issuing exit permits which have been stalled, keeping parents like Michael and Erin Peat of Dubuque from bringing home their two children.

U.S. senators say federal action may be needed to curb ‘re-homing’

Reuters - 07/08/2014

U.S. lawmakers said on Tuesday that the federal government may have to take a stronger role to stop parents from transferring custody of their adopted children to strangers they meet on the Internet.

How The New Adoption Incentives Would Work

The Chronicle of Social Change - 07/08/2014

Among the changes: new incentive categories, new spending requirements for the incentives, and most importantly, a complete overhaul of how the incentive amounts are determined.

Equality Virginia Launches Second-Parent Adoption Blog

Metro Weekly - 07/08/2014

Equality Virginia, the commonwealth’s major LGBT-rights organization, launched the first of five planned blog posts highlighting the stories of same-sex couples raising children who have encountered difficulties due to Virginia’s prohibition on second-parent adoption by same-sex couples, which stems from a constitutional amendment that bans the commonwealth from recognizing any same-sex marriage or form of same-sex relationship that is similar to marriage.

‘Re-homing’ to be topic of U.S. Senate hearing

Reuters - 07/07/2014

A U.S. Senate subcommittee will hear testimony Tuesday about how the federal government can stop parents from transferring custody of their adopted children to strangers met on the Internet. The hearing comes in response to a Reuters investigation into the practice, known as “private re-homing,” which bypasses the government’s child welfare system.