Latest News

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.

New Irish legislation rules father’s name must appear on child’s birth certificate

Irish Central - 10/09/2014

Under new legislation in Ireland, the father’s name will now have to appear on every child’s birth certificate – the senate passed the bill in September, and the legislation is to be enacted by the end of this year. This new modernization in civil registration, titled the Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014, is intended to prevent marriages of convenience, record deaths of Irish people who die abroad, validate marriages carried out by people in their country’s embassy in Ireland, and provide Irish children with the right to their identities, the Irish Examiner reported.

Doctor in dock for adoption scam

The Times of India - 10/09/2014

A Delhi-based doctor and three others have been put on trial by a court for allegedly running an adoption racket in the capital. The court has ordered framing of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery against the four accused saying there was sufficient material and documents on record to proceed against them.

Olympian Jamie Baulch’s search for birth mother

BBC News - 10/08/2014

Olympic silver medallist Jamie Baulch, who was adopted, had never thought about searching for his birth mother. He was adopted by a couple from Risca, near Newport in 1973 and was happy with his “marvellous” parents. But a chance conversation with singer and now television producer Connie Fisher last Christmas left him wanting to say thank you to the woman who chose to go through with the pregnancy and gave birth to him.

Married same-sex couples eligible for adoptions - 10/08/2014

Monday’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Virginia means both spouses are eligible to adopt a child together, according to the Virginia Office of Attorney General. Kim Whitemore with Adoptions of the Heart in Chesapeake said her agency has already received calls from people eager to start the process.

Utah Supreme Court hears father’s adoption appeal

The Salt Lake Tribune - 10/08/2014

Jake Strickland thought the mother of his child was going to keep their baby, not give the boy up for adoption…But the baby was swiftly placed with adoptive parents, as Strickland had not signed up with Utah’s putative father registry to retain his parental rights.

Adopting a foster child in Michigan: A local family’s experience

Fox 17 - 10/08/2014

We’ve had many questions from viewers about the adoption process and where to begin, so we sat down with a local adoptive family to learn more about adoption through the Michigan Foster System. “It’s almost like nine months, almost like having a regular baby and it’s almost like having that period of time,” Randy Smith of Wayland said.

Angelina Jolie: A Human Rights Issue That Needs You

The Huffington Post - 10/08/2014

In a 2007 report for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Madelyn Freundlich, author and Policy Director for Children’s Rights, Inc. wrote that “prohibiting adopted people from getting their personal information raises significant civil rights concerns and potentially serious, negative consequences for their physical and mental health.” Adoption is supposed to provide a “better” life, yet adoptees in most states continue to be denied access to their vital records.

Some Va. laws, including adoption, unclear after same-sex marriages begin

CBS 6 - 10/07/2014

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for legal same-sex marriages in five more states, including Virginia. This new expanded marriage right also allows both parents to be named legal guardian of a child they parent — through birth or adoption. Under Virginia law, single people of any orientation are allowed to adopt but only married couples can jointly adopt. If a same sex couple wanted to adopt a child before this week, only one parent could be the legal guardian.

Russian Children Are Pawns in Kremlin’s Game

The Moscow Times - 10/07/2014

The State Duma passed a law prohibiting U.S. citizens from adopting Russian orphans. As a result, Moscow punished Russian orphans more than it did U.S. citizens. From 1991 to 2012, U.S. citizens adopted nearly 100,000 Russian orphans. The adoption rate had declined in the years before the ban, but never dropped below 1,000 per year.

War-torn Liberia already had too many orphans. Then came Ebola.

The Washington Post - 10/07/2014

In a country still recovering from 14 years of civil war, Ebola is posing a new threat to children, with challenges never seen here before. Some children have been forced to leave homes where relatives are infected, cleaving families into the sick and the well. Others face stigma if parents or siblings contract the disease, or they are shunned if they get it themselves and are fortunate enough to survive.