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Transracial adoption: Loving gift or theft of culture?
Mail & Guardian - 11/07/2014
Transracial adoption is a fraught topic in any country – subjected to seemingly endless hand-wringing about culture, difference and belonging – but the issues it poses are acute in South Africa.
Court Upholds Marriage Bans in Four States
New York Times - 11/06/2014
A federal appeals court in Ohio upheld on Thursday the right of four states to ban same-sex marriage, contradicting rulings by four similar courts and almost certainly sending the issue on a rapid trajectory to the Supreme Court.
Finance exec, abandoned in phone booth as a baby, seeks parents
New York Post - 11/05/2014
A New York City financial executive who has conquered every obstacle in the business world still has a steep personal hill to climb — finding the parents who abandoned her as a newborn at an Upper West Side phone booth nearly 50 years ago.
Zeke Anders shares his thoughts on adoption with “American Seoul”
Michigan Radio - 11/05/2014
Zeke has shared his adoption journey through a vlog – a video blog called “American Seoul” – as in Seoul, South Korea, where he was born. Zeke Anders joined Michigan Radio for an interview.
The Standing Rock Sioux fight to get their children back
Aljazeera America - 11/05/2014
Native children, 35 years after the passage of ICWA, are still staggeringly overrepresented in state foster care placements across the country. Although Native Americans make up only 8.9 percent of the child population in South Dakota, they constitute 51 percent of children in foster care in that state. In North Dakota the numbers are 5.4 percent versus 28 percent, and in Montana it’s 6.5 percent versus 35 percent.
Utah Supreme Court upholds adoption law requiring affidavits from unwed fathers
The Salt Lake Tribune - 11/05/2014
A sharply divided Utah Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that in order to establish paternity, unwed biological fathers must file a sworn affidavit saying they are able and willing to support their child. If the father fails to meet this requirement of the Utah Adoption Act — along with other provisions, including registering a paternity notice with the state — he cannot object to an adoption, the court said.
Keeping siblings together as adoptees
Ukiah Daily Journal - 11/04/2014
Research has demonstrated the critical nature of sibling bonds and its importance for children’s development and emotional well being; some research suggests that children and youth in foster care experience better outcomes when placed with their siblings.
Adopted people to get birth cert right in new law
The Irish Examiner - 11/04/2014
Adopted people will have an automatic legal right to their birth certs for the first time if a bill is accepted by the Government. Under the proposed legislation, all adopted people will have a right to their birth certs, listing their original names and their natural mother’s — and father’s if available — name.
Adoption body sees ‘glimmers of hope’ for prospective parents
The Irish Times - 11/04/2014
Although progress has been made in the implementation of the Hague Convention, the association “questions the capacity of the Adoption Authority and the mediation agencies to establish the relevant infrastructure”.
Adopted Adults, Birth Families Encouraged To Take Advantage Of DCF Reunion Service
WFSU - 11/03/2014
November is National Adoption Month, and as part of the month, the Florida Department of Children and Families is highlighting a service it offers to help certain adopted individuals find their birth families.