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Father fighting Utah adoption law to get custody of his daughte

Fox News - 04/12/2014

After a six year legal battle, Robert Manzanares finally gained custody of his biological daughter, Kaia, who was secretly placed for adoption in Utah, without his consent. Adam Pertman, author of “Adoption Nation” and president of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, stated Utah has become a haven and “… people should be learning that Utah’s laws relating to adoption could probably use some fixing.” He adds a lot of people think a good adoption is a fast adoption, but a good adoption actually means everyone is treated ethically, with everybody’s rights taken into consideration.

California adoption laws hinder a woman’s quest for the truth

LA Times - 04/12/2014

Marsha Temple fervently wishes to know more about her roots, and she believes thousands of other adoptees in the state do too. For Temple, meeting her mother ended years of longing. She came to realize, after several visits, that the reunion was even more important for her mother. After a visit by Smith to Temple’s home in Los Angeles, Temple found an index card under a seat cushion on which her mother had written: “Redeemed from shame, guilt, self-loathing.”

Treatment of complex developmental trauma in children and youth

Science Daily - 04/11/2014

Developed at the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development, TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) trains caregivers in building safe, nurturing environments and responding effectively to behavioral issues.

Denver judges appear divided on Utah case

Salt Lake Tribune - 04/11/2014

After an hourlong hearing at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Utah’s same-sex marriage case was left in the hands of what appeared Thursday to be a divided court.

Report reveals adoption breakdown rate and the experiences of adoptive families in crisis

Medical Xpress - 04/10/2014

The most comprehensive study ever to be carried out into adoption in England has confirmed that the rate of breakdown is lower than anticipated, but it also reveals a stark picture of the problems faced by families.

Utah asks appeals court to block judge’s orders in adoption cases

Salt Lake Tribune - 04/09/2014

The state is asking the Utah Supreme Court to block orders of judges who approved adoptions for married same-sex couples so they are not able to get amended birth certificates for their children.

Rally rebuts Holmes’ adoption claim

Montgomery Advertiser - 04/09/2014

State Rep. Alvin Holmes’ remarks about adoption continued to stir up emotion Wednesday as families gathered on the steps of the Alabama State House to both protest the remarks and support adoption outside of one’s race.

Family worries legally adopted children won’t come home

KWWL - 04/08/2014

Erin and her husband Mike started the adoption process in 2012. They finalized the adoption of two children in the DRC in 2013 but government officials in the DRC suspended the issuance of exit permits and prevented the Peat’s from bringing their legally adopted children home to Dubuque. “Our kids are stuck in the DRC even though both governments have recognized us as their lawful parents for more than nine months,” said Mike.

Panel advances bill opening adoption birth certificates

The New Orleans Advocate - 04/08/2014

Negotiations began moments after a Louisiana House committee approved legislation Tuesday that would allow adoptees to look at their birth certificates and in many cases identify their birth parents. The House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure voted 9-1 to advance House Bill 1028 over the opposition of church groups and others.

Couple sues Catholic Charities after adoption nightmare

South Bend Tribune - 04/06/2014

The father was awarded custody of the child after she lived with the Kramers for more than eight months, leaving a couple in pain for losing a child and a father who missed the first months of his daughter’s life. The incident spurred litigation that poses the question: Was the agency negligent or was the risk inherent in the adoption?