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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.

‘Steve Harvey’ spotlights Viera woman’s story

Florida Today - 12/11/2014

A Viera woman’s tale of being reunited with her birth parents 41 years after being placed for adoption, leads those parents to marry decades later.

Father fights for the right to raise his child

Cal Coast News - 12/10/2014

Jay is what CWS refers to as a non-offending parent. Nevertheless, once a child is placed in the foster care system, CWS workers often require non-offending parents to follow the same requirements child abusers are given… While more and more children are permanently removed from non-offending parents or non-traditional families, nationwide child advocates are questioning if the practice is financially motivated.

Needed for Adoption: One-Twentieth of One Percent of Adults

The Chronicle of Social Change - 12/10/2014

But, as it turns out, a foster child who makes it out of this broken system and into the world as a functional adult seems to do so in spite of the system… The truth is that November has ZERO meaning without us, the adults, making choices that directly, positively impact the foster youth population. Complex or simple solutions hold no importance without willing adults choosing to act. We hold the power to vote, to speak, to demand, to choose what is right, to change the life of a child.

San Diego County Streamlines Adoption Process

KPBS - 12/09/2014

County supervisors are trying to improve that process. On Tuesday, they launched a new adoption campaign, hoping to recruit more individuals as well as families… Feedback from 200 families, who went through the adoption process, recommended making the process more clear and accurate with less paperwork to fill out. The county agreed and is streamlining the process to make it more efficient and quicker.

Adoption rates fall to ‘lowest annual number on record’ with 317 agreements finalised this year: AIHW

ABC News Australia - 12/09/2014

The latest report noted there was a 76 percent decline in adoptions in Australia in the last 25 years, with the most noticeable long-term fall in adoption of Australian children. About a third of all adoptions, 114, were children from overseas but that number is falling too.

To the Trader Joe’s employee who noticed my family in the parking lot

Deseret News - 12/09/2014

Our family doesn’t exactly blend in with the wallpaper. Not only are we two white parents with a brown son and daughter (something that causes enough stares and questions all by itself), but our son has noticeable developmental delays and different behaviors because of autism, and our daughter has physical differences with her missing and webbed digits.

Biden Commends Foster Youths at White House

The Chronicle of Social Change - 12/09/2014

Vice President Joe Biden stopped by a White House screening of the new remake of Annie, and outlined a number of steps that will be taken by the Obama administration to assist youth who are aging out of foster care.

Justice Department Vows To Fight States That Violate Indian Child Welfare Law

NPR - 12/08/2014

In the middle of a lengthy speech to Native American tribes last week, Attorney General Eric Holder planted the Justice Department firmly on the side of tribes against states, as the tribes struggle to keep their families together.

Legislature rushes to remake adoption

The Detroit News - 12/08/2014

The adoption bills would give new latitude to religious adoption agencies that are willing to put into writing the idea that, say, homosexuality is an affront to their religious tenets. The laws would apply to faith-based adoption agencies — and they’d let the agencies decide what kinds of people violated their religious standards for parenthood.

New adoption law solving mysteries

The Columbian - 12/08/2014

The new law allows those adopted on or before Oct. 1, 1993, to access the original version of their birth certificates, unless a parent has filed a form denying access.The law took effect in July, and more than 2,580 people have requested their original birth certificate, many of which had been kept in sealed files, from the state’s Department of Health.