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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.

Russian Children Are Pawns in Kremlin’s Game

The Moscow Times - 10/07/2014

The State Duma passed a law prohibiting U.S. citizens from adopting Russian orphans. As a result, Moscow punished Russian orphans more than it did U.S. citizens. From 1991 to 2012, U.S. citizens adopted nearly 100,000 Russian orphans. The adoption rate had declined in the years before the ban, but never dropped below 1,000 per year.

War-torn Liberia already had too many orphans. Then came Ebola.

The Washington Post - 10/07/2014

In a country still recovering from 14 years of civil war, Ebola is posing a new threat to children, with challenges never seen here before. Some children have been forced to leave homes where relatives are infected, cleaving families into the sick and the well. Others face stigma if parents or siblings contract the disease, or they are shunned if they get it themselves and are fortunate enough to survive.

High Court same-sex ruling encourages Michigan backers

The Detroit News - 10/06/2014

Anticipation is building among gay marriage advocates in Metro Detroit following Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision not to not hear appeals of five same-sex marriage cases from other states. The action by the nation’s highest court increases the number of states that will have legalized same-sex marriage from 19 to 30, plus the District of Columbia.

Uganda’s child adoption ‘market’ brings misery and confusion

The Guardian - 10/06/2014

A report released in July by the Ugandan auditor general raised alarm about the “continued increase in the international adoption industry”, singling out the US. “Domestically, Ugandans fear that children leaving the country are being exploited or abused,” it reads.

DIY adoptions: Couples design personal websites in quest to become parents

Today - 10/06/2014

More and more parents are using social media and personal websites to find children to adopt…”These very detailed websites are a new wave in adoption, known as DIY adoptions,” says April Dinwoodie, CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, which researches how the Internet affects adoption.

Court opens to public American parents’ proceeding to cancel their adoption of Russian children

The Washington Post - 10/06/2014

A very interesting decision, especially since adoption-related proceedings are generally closed to the public, In the Matter of Adoption of Child A and Child C (N.Y. Surr. Ct. Oct. 2, 2014). Here’s the court’s explanation of why there is especially strong reason to open these proceedings…

Halt in Guatemalan adoptions may be fueling border surge

San Francisco Chronicle - 10/05/2014

Before the halt, Guatemala was one of the most popular nations for Americans looking to adopt, its system sending 4,000 children a year to this country. Now, some experts say, the closure of that adoption pipeline is contributing to the flow of unaccompanied children who have poured into the United States from Central America over the past year.

Heart-warming reunion for long lost siblings

Borneo Post Online - 10/05/2014

MATERNAL instincts run deep and no mothers will willingly part with their newborn babies. But sometimes mothers are forced by extenuating circumstances to make heart-breaking sacrifices as had happened to the late Madam Sim Lai Kiew….

The Cost of Adoption

US News - 10/02/2014

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. If you’re adopting a child from another country, the range is $15,000 to $30,000. If you’re adopting through foster care, which generally involves becoming the parent of an older child, the cost is much lower: zero to $2,500. So what exactly are you paying for, other than the opportunity to become a parent? Here’s a breakdown of where some of your money goes.

New Series Sets Out to Challenge Stigma of Adoptee Experience

NBC News - 09/30/2014

Anders – a professional name he uses in lieu of his legal name, Andrew Erickson – recently launched a web series called “American Seoul” in which he recounts and documents stories about his life as a Korean adoptee.