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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.

Foster care adoption: What prospective parents should know

The Oregonian - 12/05/2014

On any given day, there are roughly 8,000 Oregon children in some form of foster care, according to DHS, of whom about 200 are waiting to be adopted. Since 2006, the department has recorded between 667 and 1,104 finalized foster care adoptions each year since 2006.

More employers offer adoption funds as benefit

The Columbus Dispatch - 12/05/2014

In 1990, only 12 percent of companies in an Aon Hewitt survey offered a financial adoption benefit. By 2013, that number had risen to 52 percent.

Forgotten Children: What Romania Can Tell Us About Institutional Care

Foreign Affairs - 12/02/2014

The Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP), the first-ever randomized trial of foster care for young children with a history of institutionalization, began in 2000.

Adoption can be expensive; some go online to pay for it

KY3 - 12/01/2014

Thousands of people across the country now turn to online fundraising to make a dream happen. This is the story of how a family of three grew to four with the addition of an adopted child.

Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress

Zimbabwe Standard - 12/01/2014

Of the hundreds of children in Sierra Leone who have lost parents to Ebola, the vast majority have lost both their mother and their father.

Foreign adoptees face racism

The Copenhagen Post - 12/01/2014

A sizeable proportion of Danish people adopted from overseas countries say they have been met with racism and discrimination in Denmark.

Adopted Children Recall Their Mother’s Native Language, Even If They Only Heard It In The Womb, Study Says

Headlines & Global News - 12/01/2014

Scientists have discovered that infants, who hear their mother’s language while in the womb, retain that language even if they never use it after birth, according to Science Daily.

States start to crack down on parents ‘re-homing’ their adopted kids

ABA Journal - 12/01/2014

The process of re-homing has been largely unregulated-no federal laws prohibit the exchange of unwanted adopted kids. Most states allow private adoptions, but the processes vary widely and oversight is limited. In most cases, re-homing may be executed by a simple power-of-attorney letter or a notarized statement without government authorities or even any lawyers vetting the new parents.

The Tax Realities of Adoption

Forbes - 11/30/2014

While the children adopted in 2014 have brought joy to their adoptive families, they have also brought new tax realities for them. Here are some often asked questions about the Adoption Credit on federal income taxes.

Government bans adoption of children by foreigners

East African Standard - 11/29/2014

The Cabinet has approved “an indefinite moratorium on inter-country adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners….The move is a response to concerns about increased cases of child trafficking through abuse of Kenya’s adoption processes by foreigners.