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Same-Sex Adoption Now Legal in Virginia

Metro Weekly - 10/14/2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday issued a bulletin to local social service divisions throughout the commonwealth that, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia, adoption between same-sex spouses is both legal and recognized as valid in the state.

Texas Attorney General: ‘It Does Not Matter’ If Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Children

Think Progress - 10/14/2014

The marriage equality fight is still playing out in many states, and on Friday, Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R) filed his state’s latest brief defending its ban on same-sex marriage.

Cuts to Child Welfare Force States to Spend Smarter - 10/14/2014

The first report by the Urban Institute found that total federal expenditures on children by the federal government in 2013 were up from 2012, but still below what it spent in 2010. The report further projects that outlays on children will drop as much as 10 percent through the next decade.

Orphanage care linked to thinner brain tissue in regions related to ADHD

Medical Press - 10/14/2014

Under the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, thousands of Romanian children were placed in overcrowded orphanages with bleak conditions and minimal human contact. University of Washington research on children who began life in these institutions shows that early childhood neglect is associated with changes in brain structure.

Adoption-Rights Advocate’s Crusade Gains Ground and Notice - 10/14/2014

The latest accolade is a brief documentary that will play at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival Saturday, celebrating her successful campaign to restore the rights of Ohio adoptees to get their birth records.

Same-sex Couples Line Up for Marriage Licenses, Adoption Papers - 10/13/2014

Same-sex couples streamed into county register of deeds offices across North Carolina Monday to obtain marriage licenses…Some couples said their children were the primary reason they wanted to get married or have their marriages from other states recognized in North Carolina.

“Hicks Babies” Trying to Find Their Roots Decades Later

CBS News - 10/12/2014

It’s been more than 60 years since the illegal adoptions started and more than 20 years since the news was broadcast nationwide. But in Georgia, there are still hundreds of people looking for answers. They are among the Hicks Babies.

Adoptees of 1950s, 1960s Run Up Against Scanty Record-Keeping

South China Morning Post - 10/12/2014

The Social Welfare Department and International Social Service (ISS) in Hong Kong told the Sunday Morning Post they did not hold reliable records for the number of adoptions or orphans for the 20-year period from 1950, as record-keeping was not systematic or even required.

Rankin Judge Jailed Adopted Minors in Custody Case

The Clarion-Ledger - 10/10/2014

When 16-year-old Ruslan Stubbs and his brother 18-year-old Elijah Stubbs told a Rankin County judge as politely as they could they didn’t want to live with their adoptive mother, he ordered them to jail.

Bill offering more protection for adoptive parents, children advances to full NJ Assembly - 10/09/2014

A bill released Thursday by the Assembly Human Services Committee would allow an adoptive parent to take out a temporary restraining order against a parent who gave up a child for adoption and who then tries to contact the adoptive parent without consent.