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Ban on ‘re-homing’ clears House committee
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 03/17/2015
The bill, which would make re-homing to anyone other than a family member a felony, also would exclude a family from facing an abandonment charge in “a situation in which a child has disrupted his or her adoption and the adoptive parent has exhausted the available resources.”
“We don’t want a family to do something out of fear,” Meeks said.
State Asks Court for More Time on Adoption Case
Alaska Public Media - 03/16/2015
“This case is a potentially explosive case and could well define the administration’s position in Alaska Native affairs and in particular the relationship the administration is going to have with tribes in Alaska,” Miller said.
Proposed MO adoption bill could help man find birth parents
KFVS 12 News - 03/16/2015
He said access to his birth certificate, which includes his birth parents’ names, isn’t only about peace-of-mind but could lead him to more.
“It doesn’t open up for my family medical history but it’s a step towards being able to open your adoption records,” Hamblin said.
A bill going through the state legislature would make it easier to get that information.
Women turn to crowdfunding for adoption, in vitro fertilization
abc 7 Denver - 03/16/2015
Kimberly is single, has a good job, a house, a couple of cats and the only thing holding her back is money. She is about $7,000 short of what she needs.
Bills on adopted children in the works
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 03/16/2015
Many of the lawmakers working on the bills, not just the sponsors, have long histories of being advocates for child welfare, he said. “It’s fair to say that the issue of re-homing is new to us, but the fact that the state’s adoption system needed an overhaul is not,” Leding said. The bills on re-homing are House Bill 1648 by Leding; HB1676 by Rep. David Meeks, R-Conway; and Senate Bill 874 by Sen. Bobby Pierce, D-Sheridan. HB 1648 is being fleshed out, and a more comprehensive version should be ready by Tuesday, Leding said. The bill as filed is a short prohibition against sending a child to live with someone who is not a relative of the child. Meeks’ bill would prohibit an adoptive parent from placing a child in a home “to avoid permanent parental responsibility” but includes exemptions for placing the child in the home of a relative or step-parent. It also includes provisions against human trafficking, such as selling children.
How Marriage Equality Opponents’ Arguments Are Getting Turned Against Them
Think Progress - 03/13/2015
A brief filed by groups like the Donaldson Adoption Institute, the Child Welfare League of America, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, and Voice for Adoption points out that children benefit greatly when same-sex couples can marry. Studies show that same-sex couples are far more likely to adopt or foster-parent children, but marriage laws often prevent those children from being legally connected to both parents.
Missing, kidnapped, trafficked: China has a problem with its children
The Guardian - 03/12/2015
Kidnapping and child trafficking have been a problem in modern China since at least the 1980s. This is often presented as an unintended consequence of the one-child policy, but although that policy has been a factor, the truth is more complicated. The fact that there are many parents willing to sell their offspring to avoid being fined for having too many children has helped perpetuate the trafficking industry, which also trades in kidnapped kids.
Adoption records law take effect March 20
The Daily Advocate - 03/12/2015
“As an adoptee myself, I know completing the quest for personal identity isn’t about finding family, but identifying the path that brought you to the place you call home today.” said Burke. “I hope this new law allows for some closure to those other adoptees simply seeking a fuller sense of self-awareness that natural born children never have to question.”
“My sister was adopted in a state where adoption records are still closed, and I have watched her struggle to find vital pieces of her biological family history. While I can’t help her, I can help Ohioans who have struggled the same way to establish personal records,” said Beagle. “The changes in Senate Bill 23 were long overdue, and I am thankful that Ohioans can now access essential health information related to their family history.”
After adoption ordeal, Holmen teen aims to buy home for Ethiopian mother
Onalaska Holmen Courier Life - 03/12/2015
Holmen High School senior Addison Steinhoff is determined to buy her Ethiopian family a home. Born in Ethiopia, Steinhoff is trying to raise $8,000 to travel to Ethiopia to buy a home for her biological mother and siblings. When Addy was 10, her biological mother agreed to let her go to the United States to live with an American family. Addy believes her mother didn’t know all ties with her youngest would be cut when she signed the papers relinquishing her parental rights.
A Push to Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation
NBC News - 03/12/2015
Many of the international adoptees left out of the act, who also committed minor crimes and whose adoptive parents did not properly apply for naturalization, have been deported or are at risk of being deported back to the country of their birth. In most cases, that means a ticket to a land to which they have no connection, in which they do not speak the language, nor know the culture.