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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.

We are abandoning children in foster care

CNN - 04/17/2014

In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were “emancipated” or “aged out.” In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional support.

Adoption: Mother’s Day is right again now that I’ve reconnected with my daughter

StarTribune - 04/14/2014

Deborah Kubes gave her baby up for adoption nearly 21 years ago. She chose a “semi-open” or “mediated” adoption where she could choose and meet the parent with some predetermined contact post adoption. According to a recent study by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of all members of the adoption triad, everyone involved in open adoptions can benefit richly. Adoptive parents report less fear of birthparents and closer relationships with their children. And birth moms experience less grief, regret and worry.

Florida adoption ‘ethics’ warning

Irish Examiner - 04/14/2014

Just months before Ireland signed an adoption agreement with the US, the Adoption Authority (AAI) admitted there were wide ranging “difficulties” with the “practice and ethics” of adoptions from Florida.

BIA Seeking Feedback on Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts

Native News - 04/13/2014

Listening Sessions to hear from tribal leaders and representatives on the re-examination and update of the BIA’s Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines for State Courts [are presented].

State’s sealed adoption records a roadblock in quest for birth parents

Greenville Times - 04/13/2014

Couick is one of thousands of people in South Carolina looking to learn their past, a search stymied by state law, those who work to match birth mothers and adoptees say.

Father fighting Utah adoption law to get custody of his daughte

Fox News - 04/12/2014

After a six year legal battle, Robert Manzanares finally gained custody of his biological daughter, Kaia, who was secretly placed for adoption in Utah, without his consent. Adam Pertman, author of “Adoption Nation” and president of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, stated Utah has become a haven and “… people should be learning that Utah’s laws relating to adoption could probably use some fixing.” He adds a lot of people think a good adoption is a fast adoption, but a good adoption actually means everyone is treated ethically, with everybody’s rights taken into consideration.

California adoption laws hinder a woman’s quest for the truth

LA Times - 04/12/2014

Marsha Temple fervently wishes to know more about her roots, and she believes thousands of other adoptees in the state do too. For Temple, meeting her mother ended years of longing. She came to realize, after several visits, that the reunion was even more important for her mother. After a visit by Smith to Temple’s home in Los Angeles, Temple found an index card under a seat cushion on which her mother had written: “Redeemed from shame, guilt, self-loathing.”

Treatment of complex developmental trauma in children and youth

Science Daily - 04/11/2014

Developed at the Texas Christian University Institute of Child Development, TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) trains caregivers in building safe, nurturing environments and responding effectively to behavioral issues.

Denver judges appear divided on Utah case

Salt Lake Tribune - 04/11/2014

After an hourlong hearing at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, Utah’s same-sex marriage case was left in the hands of what appeared Thursday to be a divided court.

Report reveals adoption breakdown rate and the experiences of adoptive families in crisis

Medical Xpress - 04/10/2014

The most comprehensive study ever to be carried out into adoption in England has confirmed that the rate of breakdown is lower than anticipated, but it also reveals a stark picture of the problems faced by families.