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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.

What an Adoptee Wants You to Know About Adoption

Huffington Post - 04/06/2015

So, when you hear that someone was adopted, or notice because they look different from the rest of their family, know that so many of the stereotypes about adoption are not true. That we did not just step out of a made-for-TV movie. We are individuals and don’t all feel the same way. We are REAL people with REAL families, and there is so much more to us than having been adopted.

Broadway’s Biggest Stars Petition De Blasio to Restore NYC Adoption Funding That Helps Older Kids Find Homes

Playbill - 04/06/2015

On March 31, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) decided to end its partnership with two organizations, the Council on Adoptable Children (COAC), and You Gotta Believe, both of which help match foster care children age 8 and older with adoptive parents. The ACS felt it wasn’t getting its money’s worth out of the agencies

Sponsor: Bill giving adoptees equal access to birth records stalls in Indiana House committee

The Daily Journal - 04/06/2015

The measure would have made accessing birth records easier for those born during that time period. In 1994, state law changed to require biological parents to sign an official form, indicating whether or not the state can disclose their information. Lawmakers agreed at the time to seal records for the preceding decades to protect those who did not expect their information to be readily available.

Some Adoptees Oppose Proposed Changes To Safe Haven Law

Northern Public Radio - 04/06/2015

A new plan by Sen. Heather Steans would help protect the parents’ identity even more by creating a foundling birth certificate, which would leave off information about the parents.
Marley Greiner advocates for adoptees rights. She says people who are adopted, like herself, have a hard time finding out their birth information. She says the proposed changes to the Safe Haven law would make it even harder.

Release of adoption records reunites sisters

The Columbus Dispatch - 04/05/2015

Both sisters were raised in Columbus, but by separate families. They were put up for adoption young, their birth family mostly a mystery to them. McDonald grew up in a foster family with other siblings, while Barnett was raised as an only child. Barnett had learned that she had two other siblings, but nothing more.

Bill aims to keep American Indian children with families

My San Antonio - 04/05/2015

“I had a wonderful, beautiful (adoptive) home. I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Hardenbrook said. “But I still wish I would have never left the res. I would have learned to dance. I would have learned to sing the songs. Now when I get out to the arena, I have to watch everyone, at 57 years old, because I don’t know the steps.”

‘Gertie’s Babies,’ Sold at Birth, Use DNA to Unlock Secret Past

The New York Times - 04/05/2015

Baby sellers like Ms. Pitkanen are part of American subculture, especially through the mid-20th century, from the Wasserman ring in New Jersey to the Cole Babies of Miami. But the aging cohort of Gertie’s adoptees say they believe they are unique in having never found any living biological parents, so securely were the secrets locked down.

Good news — sort of — for adoptees researching genealogy

The Jersey Journal - 04/03/2015

But beginning in 2017, an adult adopted child can request to see – and obtain a non-certified copy of – their original birth record. That means the information contained in the original birth record will be just that – information. They will not be able to use the original birth record as proof of identification or for any other legal purposes.

Dear Adoptive Parents: The Burden of Adoptee Loyalty

The Lost Daughters - 04/03/2015

You have no idea how openly you must speak, how persistently and consistently you must pursue her, in order for your child to truly feel that she can trust you, that she can truly be honest with you about her thoughts and feelings regarding her adoption, her original family, her original country. How profoundly hard being adopted is for her. Her sorrow. Her grief. Her fear. All this will remain locked away because the burden of Adoptee Loyalty is one that she cannot put down unless you help her.

Korean man faces deportation because adopted family never filed papers

MSNBC - 04/03/2015

Adam Crapser was adopted and brought to the U.S. as a child, but his family abandoned him before filing citizenship papers. Now he faces deportation. Gazillion Strong’s Kevin Vollmers and 18 Million Rising’s PaKou Her discuss…