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New York Adoptees Fight for Access to Birth Certificates
New York Times - 06/15/2014
Maureen Sheridan’s search for her biological mother began in the late 1990s due to a need for her medical history. She does not know the name of her biological mother, who gave her up for adoption in 1976, because New York State laws dating to the 1930s deny all adoptees access to their original birth certificates. However, advocates for adoptees like Sheridan are hoping that state lawmakers will soon reverse that. A bill being negotiated in Albany would give thousands of adoptees access to their original birth certificates while allowing biological parents to state whether they wish to be contacted directly, through an intermediary or not at all, and to file updated medical information in case their children ever seek it.
WA: Rep. Orwall Talks Expanded Birth Record Access For Washington Adoptees
KUOW - 06/09/2014
Knowing your medical history and where your parents are from are things you might take for granted – unless you are adopted.
DCYF report: Rhode Island children placed in group care at nearly twice national average
Providence Journal - 06/05/2014
Despite efforts by state child welfare officials to reduce the number of youth sent to group homes and residential treatment facilities, Rhode Island ranks third-highest in the country for its placement of youth in congregant care, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About 28 percent of all children in the care of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families in 2012 were in residential care — nearly twice the national average of 15 percent, according to the report. Colorado had the highest rate; followed by Wyoming.
Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom
The Tennessean - 06/05/2014
After a decade long search, Brittan Gilmore and her mother Janet Schreibman from Nashville finally found and met her egg donor. The process came together in a way as modern as her birth, after a search on an Internet database, a timid message on Facebook and, finally, a tearful introduction on Katie Couric’s daytime TV talk show. Brittan’s experience getting there made her an advocate for an open system that would allow willing egg and sperm donors to connect with their offspring.
India: Maneka Gandhi to revise existing adoption guidelines to make adoption easy and child friendly
All Voices - 06/02/2014
The Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi has decided to revise the existing adoption guidelines for simplification of adoption procedures and to curb the excessive delays in adoption. The Minister took a meeting of officials of Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), here today.
US: Odds of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children’s Lives
National Public Radio - 06/02/2014
Looking at annual numbers alone understates a child’s risk of maltreatment throughout childhood, researchers say. By that measure, 12.5 percent of children have experienced at least one episode of abuse or neglect by age 18, a published Monday finds.
IN: Suit seeks Indiana subsidies for adoptive parents
Associated Press - 06/02/2014
The lawsuit, filed in LaPorte County by Debbie Moss of LaPorte, seeks class-action status for 1,400 families on a waiting list for money meant to help them raise adopted children. A judge has to approve the case before it becomes a class action.
The Modern Orphans of Mississippi
The Atlantic - 06/01/2014
The Palmer Home in Mississippi has greatly transformed the terminology and definition of the term ‘orphanage.’ The modern day facility has been greatly successful in providing care along their goals of being a “whole child initiative,” which focuses on nurturing the children emotionally, educationally, physically, spiritually, and heading them toward independence.
US: Poll: Strong Majority Now Believe Gays Should Be Allowed to Adopt Kids
Christian Post - 06/01/2014
A strong majority, 63 percent, of Americans now say that same-sex couples should have a legal right to adopt a child, according to a new Gallup poll. About one in three, 35 percent, are opposed. The recent poll was the first time Gallup showed a clear majority supportive of giving same-sex couples the legal right to adopt a child.
N.J. adoption law of national importance
Asbury Park Press - 05/31/2014
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill reforming the state’s laws to allow adoptees access to their original birth certificates last week. Standing alongside Gov. Christie was Adam Pertman, president of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Pertman’s presence underscored the historic nature of the bill the governor signed, which will reverse more than 70 years of official secrecy surrounding adoptions in New Jersey. “I think we have a trend going,” Pertman said Tuesday. “New Jersey just enacted its law today. Last week it was Colorado. A couple of months before it was Washington state. And the numbers are really mounting as people get more information and understand that the potential downsides just aren’t happening anywhere.”