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Indiana lawmakers to revisit ‘baby boxes’ bill in 2016

Aol News - 03/25/2015

No opponents attended Wednesday’s hearing, but impassioned supporters said the boxes – which originated in medieval times and are in use in Europe, Asia and even at an Arizona hospital – could supplement Indiana’s existing safe haven law. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have safe haven laws, which allow unharmed newborns to be surrendered without fear of prosecution.

Senate panel favors 2 bills on re-homing

Arkansas Online - 03/25/2015

“My concern is this: We have seen this atrocious thing happen to a child, which is why we responded,” Chesterfield said. “And at some point in time we’ve got to be proactive and not reactive. And what we’re talking about once again is being reactive.”
McGee said the primary problem her agency has seen is one like the Harris case in which a family re-homed children to an unrelated family. According to DHS officials, they are aware of nine similar cases in the past two years.

Spurned by the mother I’d dreamt of meeting for 40 agonising years

Daily Mail - 03/25/2015

So Ann became one of the estimated half a million mothers from the late Fifties to 1980 who were forced to give up their children to strangers for the simple reason that they were unmarried mothers.
Adoption then meant severing the maternal link irrevocably. Until the law changed in 2002 to allow birth parents to contact their adopted children, any attempt to do so was prohibited.

Alabama bill would let adoption agencies refuse gay couples

Times Free Press - 03/24/2015

Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa introduced the bill last week specifying that groups could refuse to participate in adoptions and foster care placements that violate their religious beliefs. The bill would also prohibit the state from refusing to license, or contract with, the groups that refuse services to people on religious grounds.

India moves to improve ‘shameful’ record on orphan adoptions

The Washington Post - 03/24/2015

With more than 30 million orphans living in India, according to one estimate, only about 2,500 were adopted last year, down from 5,700 four years ago, as prospective parents are stymied by complicated rules, endless delays, overcautious bureaucracy and illegal trafficking…Gandhi’s team is now simplifying the rules, setting an online application tracking system, shedding excessive bureaucratic caution and launching a new foster-care program.

Indiana House panel postpones vote on bill giving adoptees access to birth records

Daily Journal - 03/23/2015

The governor is a strong advocate of reconnecting families, but his administration doesn’t believe one year is enough time for birth mothers to file the proper paperwork if they want to remain anonymous, said Pence’s family policy director Lindsey Craig.

Birthmothers Hope Access to Key Documents Will Help Advance Adoption Reform

CT News Junkie - 03/23/2015

The documents in question would not give biological parents the information they would need to track down their children. But Access Connecticut believes that opening the documents to birthmothers will further the adoption reform movement because the documents will show what confidentiality, if any, was promised to birth parents when their parental rights were terminated.

Family Secret And Cultural Identity Revealed In ‘Little White Lie’

NPR - 03/23/2015

“Are there other people who are white and Jewish and have hair like mine? There are. So when you take all of the individual features separately, it was easier to say ‘well, I could be from that family,'” she says. “When you put it all together, though, which happened later in my teens, that’s when it didn’t really add up.”

Iowa Legislature considers bill on adoption leave benefits

KCCI 8 - 03/22/2015

The legislation would essentially require an employer that offers some forms of paid time off or other entitlements for the birth of a child to do the same for an employee who’s adopted a child in the past 12 months.

Early trauma can make preserving adoptions difficult

Brandenton Herald - 03/22/2015

While the Safe Children’s Coalition offers pre-adoption classes to prevent children from being returned, parents don’t always realize they may need continued classes and counseling after the children settle into their homes…”Adoption through the foster care system is the only hope for many seeking to have a family,” Banks said. “Many cannot afford private adoptions. It is beneficial for all involved for this to be successful.”