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The Same-Sex Adoption Cases Playing Out In Utah While Marriage Is On Hold

Think Progress - 05/19/2014

In December, when a federal judge ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, over 1,300 same-sex couples married before the decision was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Though marriage itself was put on hold by the stay, the fate of those 1,300+ marriages was left unclear, and a fight over their legality has continued to play out since. In particular, several of those couples have been fighting for the right to legally adopt their own children.

Chile: Investigating Gerardo Joannon, Catholic Priest Accused of Stealing Babies For adoption

Reuters - 05/19/2014

Chile’s child welfare service is investigating reports that a Catholic priest was involved in giving babies up for adoption in the 1970s and 1980s without their parents’ knowledge, telling the biological mothers that their child had died.

Oregon gay marriage ban struck down; same-sex marriages begin

Oregon Live - 05/19/2014

The state’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who ruled that the prohibition violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

Russia to ban citizenship change for adopted children

RT News - 05/19/2014

Russian MPs intend to ban changing of citizenship of adopted Russian kids over fears that NGOs specializing in adoptions might send children to the United States via third countries.

‘You’re Not My Real Mother’

New York Times - 05/18/2014

Tina Traster shares her experience about the challenges she faces as her adopted daughter, Julia enters her teenage years. She states that in all the ways that mothers and daughters love and hate, push and pull, know they belong to one another. Her daughter’s recent statement “you are not my mother” was hurtful and difficult to work through. She explains her efforts in working with her daughter during tough times where past hurt from adoption can affect the present.

UT: Ag, Two Others, Accused of Same Sex Adoption ‘Willful Disregard’

KUTV - 05/15/2014

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and two other state officials have been ordered to appear in court, and “show why they should not be held in contempt” over an adoption by a same sex couple. “The Attorney General has instructed the Department of Health not to change the (child’s) birth certificate,” said University of Utah law professor Cliff Rosky, who is also the chair of the board of Equality Utah.

Judge strikes all Arkansas bans on gay marriage

Fox News - 05/15/2014

Gay marriages quickly resumed in Arkansas on Thursday after a state judge whose previous order had sown confusion among county clerks expanded his ruling to remove all vestiges of same-sex marriage bans from the state’s laws.

South Korea: Girls favored for adoption

Korea Times - 05/15/2014

Officials say the increasing preference for girls mirrors a change in the perception of women in society. “When we ask prospective parents why they want to adopt a child now, almost always they answer it’s to have a family experience,” said Kim Byung-su, a social worker with Holt International Children’s Service, during a telephone interview with The Korea Times, Thursday.

MI: Info sharing will support adoptions, foster care

The Alpena News - 05/14/2014

A new web-based information sharing system launched in Michigan recently to streamline and improve the state’s foster care and adoption system seems like a definite step in the right direction.

Adoptive families wait for children in Congo

INDYSTAR - 05/14/2014

Amanda Larner and her husband are the legal parents of two children adopted from the Congo but are still waiting to bring them back to the US. Last fall, as the Larners prepared to go to the Congo to get their children home, the Congolese government stopped issuing exit visas for adopted children. “This is both a pattern and not a pattern,” said Adam Pertman, president of the Donaldson Adoption Institute.” Shutting down adoption programs often is not the best answer, Pertman said. “The first choice is within a family, but we also have to be mindful of what happens when kids remain in institutions,” Pertman said. “Some balance needs to be found.”