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Adoption Laws protect-and Hurt (includes video)

Newsday - 05/09/2014

In 1966, Lorraine Dusky had a daughter while she wasn’t married and gave her up for adoption. Now she is fighting to change New York’s adoption laws to make it easier for adoptees to find their original birth certificates. She told her story on April 22, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Sam Guzik)

Helping first time moms in need: Nurse-Family Partnership

Washington Post - 05/08/2014

When Karlina Zambrano was about 13 weeks pregnant, she found a leaflet in her medicaid packet for a program called the Nurse-Family Partnership. The nationwide program would provide a nurse at no charge, who would come to her house weekly or bi-monthly throughout the first two years of her baby’s life. The visits would provide education and resources.

Int’l adoptions down, foster care interest grows (Includes video)

WOOD8 - 05/08/2014

There’s about 500 kids in foster care right now in Kent County, about half of them are through the agency, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. The organization’s executive director, Sharon Loughridge said they are seeing more interest from parents now that international adoptions are getting tougher in some countries.

State moves to open some adoption records

Associated Press - 05/07/2014

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation, 31-to-5, requiring the Department of Public Health to give individuals at least 18 years old, whose adoptions were finalized on or after Oct. 1, 1983, copies of their original birth certificate.

Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother’s Day

NPR - 05/06/2014

Children across the country will be rolling out the breakfast trays and handmade cards for Mother’s Day. But the holiday brings up mixed feelings for many foster mothers and their children. “It can be really confusing for a child when there’s Mother’s Day and the child is supposed to celebrate their ‘new mom,'” says Cris Beam, author of “To The End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care.”

More Details on Changes to CFSR Data Elements

CWLA - 05/06/2014

The Children’s Bureau (CB) continues to provide details and solicit comments on the third round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs).

Offset Issue Holds Up More Child Welfare Legislation

CWLA - 05/05/2014

When Congress returned in January of this year, the funding to pay for the extension of the $15 million for the Family Connections Grants was gone.

Idaho argues same-sex marriage ban benefits the state’s children

The Spokesman-Review - 05/05/2014

Lawyers for the state argued that federal courts in 10 other states were wrong when they overturned state bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. They urged a federal judge to uphold Idaho’s ban, saying it benefits children.

China: China mulls child abuse prevention rules for adoptive families

Xinhua Net - 05/05/2014

China is considering rules to prevent child abuse in adoptive families and to better regulate adoption practices, according to a notice posted on a government website,, on Monday.

Philomena Lee to Be Honored by Women’s Rights Group


The Feminist Majority Foundation will present its Eleanor Roosevelt Award to the inspiration behind one of this year’s best picture nominees.