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A year of work: Langevin legislation would protect adopted children
Warwick Beacon - 05/14/2015
“Too many children today are falling victim to a system that lacks necessary oversight. As a child of adoption myself, I am personally invested in this issue,” Wittman said.
This legislation would help adoptive children and parents access pre- and post-adoptive counseling to help families through the transition. Parents will also have the opportunity to participate in “peer-to-peer mentoring” and support groups.
Kids who age out of Colorado foster care more likely to have criminal records than diplomas
Summit Daily - 05/14/2015
Nationwide, former foster teens and young adults are more than 10 times as likely as their non-foster peers to be in jail or prison as their “current living arrangement.”
The national data show that 43 percent of women and 74 percent of men who emancipated from foster care will have been incarcerated at least once in their lives.
State officials said the primary solution to addressing this problem is to place foster kids into permanent homes, either through adoption or being reunited with their birth families.
More questions than answers clog inquiries into Homer G. Phillips hospital maternity ward
St. Louis Post Dispatch - 05/14/2015
Stewart, who still breaks into tears when speaking of her loss, said her parents came to the hospital later in the day and asked to see the deceased baby. She said staff told her parents that Stewart had already consented to donate the corpse to medical research and that they could no longer see the baby. Stewart said she never consented to that, nor was she of age to sign such a legal document.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) Submits Official Reply to Bureau of Indian Affairs in Response to Proposed ICWA Amendments
Franklin Credit - 05/13/2015
The nation’s largest constituent group of adoption attorneys, law professors and judges submitted a 45-page response to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) concerning the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a federal law established in 1978. The BIA announced earlier this year its attempt to amend the federal law. The AAAA’s formal response outlines a series of concerns the organization has with the BIA’s proposed amendments. The response, submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior, points out constitutional issues, as well as concerns addressing the Department’s possible violation of its statutory authority to develop such regulations.
McConnell Co-Sponsors Adoptive Family Relief Act
SurfKY News - 05/13/2015
The bipartisan Adoptive Family Relief Act, introduced today by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), would allow the U.S. Department of State to waive fees for adoptive families who must continually renew the visas for their adopted children who remain unable to travel to the U.S., such as in the case of the ongoing exit permit suspension in the DRC.
Group wants adoption law enforced
FOX 23 - 05/13/2015
She said either a child’s placed in a non-tribal home and later a tribal family decides to adopt the child or a child is placed in a tribal home and family members later decide they want the child.
In both situations she said children are torn away.
“I will always object to a removal, tribal or not, if you’re trying to remove a child over 6 months, if the placement is not causing them harm and willing to make it permanent. I will not object I don’t care who you are,” said Murphy.
Haiti tightens adoption rules as children disappear
SBS - 05/13/2015
The Haitian government is cracking down on international adoptions in a bid to warn poor Haitians about orphanage recruiters roaming the countryside with money or false promises.
The new measures include tightening up regulations and carrying out public awareness campaigns.
Texas Legislature Poised to Sanction Discrimination in Adoption: Adoption Groups and HRC Fight Back
Human Rights Campaign - 05/13/2015
Upon hearing this hateful news, HRC and our allies swung into action: In a letter to Texas lawmakers, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), Voice for Adoption (VFA), and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) blasted HB3864 because it would empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. If passed, the discriminatory bill would deny countless children access to caring homes. It could also prevent eligible interfaith couples, same-sex couples, and couples where one individual was previously divorced, the opportunity to care for a child in need.
Texas Lawmakers To Consider Anti-Gay, ‘License To Discriminate’ Adoption Amendment
Towelroad - 05/13/2015
Earlier this month, the Human Rights Campaign issued a release in which major child advocacy groups came out against Sanford’s adoption bill:
In a letter to Texas lawmakers, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), Voice for Adoption (VFA), and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) blasted the legislation that would empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. If passed, the discriminatory bill would deny countless children access to caring homes. It could also prevent eligible interfaith couples, same-sex couples, and couples where one individual was previously divorced, the opportunity to care for a child in need.
News 2 I-Team Investigates: Foster Care Crisis
News 2 - 05/12/2015
Right now there are thousands of kids in South Carolina who need foster homes, but a News 2 investigation found it’s not a lack of foster parents keeping kids in the state’s care. The problem, according to many parents is the process to become a licensed foster parent.
Laurie Bergeron started the process more than eight months ago, but she feels like giving up. She is willing and experienced. She’s cared for 30 kids in other states and even adopted her youngest son Jayden.