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Court voids adoption after father’s rights are restored
Capitol Media Services - 08/15/2014
Appellate Judge Kenton Jones said the court rules are clear stating juvenile judges cannot act on other new matters involving children while there is an appeal pending in a related case. In this case, he said, the adoption was a new issue, divesting the juvenile court from moving forward with the adoption. Jones also pointed out that by allowing the adoption, the juvenile court “completely severed … all the legal rights, privileges, duties, obligations and other legal consequences of the relationship.”
Child Welfare Finance Going Forward: Notes from The Roundtable
Chronicle of Social Change - 08/14/2014
The call for an end to the link between Title IV-E eligibility and the antiquated income test used to determine which kids are eligible for federal foster care payments has created an ongoing debate. There is a practical concern on de-linking, and that is what happens to the federal match rate. Dropping the income test will dramatically increase the exposure of the federal entitlement, and there is zero chance in this fiscal climate that the match rate will just stay the same as this occurs.
Florida high court backs lesbian in visitation fight for adopted son
Orlando Sentinel - 08/13/2014
In May, the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach reversed a lower court ruling, giving the adoptive mother full parental rights, something she’d been stripped of, and ordering a Sanford trial judge, Circuit Judge Linda Schoonover, to treat the case like any other custody dispute. Fifth District Court of Appeal said that it would be “unconscionable” for the birth mother to destroy the child’s relationship with his second mother after she had earlier gone to court to secure it.
Families hopeful subsidy resumption will boost Hoosier adoptions
Wish TV - 08/13/2014
More than 1,400 families represented in the lawsuit claim the agency promised them payments of between $18.80 and $28.00 per day for each special needs child they adopted. The families claim they have not been paid any form of subsidy since 2009, despite the fact that DCS “returned over $238 million to the State of Indiana in excess funds that were available for DCS to pay the adoption subsidy.”
State resuming subsidies for new adoptions
Journal Gazette - 08/13/2014
The Indiana Department of Child Services has said the reason it wasn’t paying promised subsidies to parents who adopted children in foster care was that the legislature didn’t appropriate the money. “As a state, we have an obligation to support these families who have stepped forward to adopt children who, through no fault of their own, have endured great pain and separation in their life,” said Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend. “I applaud the governor for this long overdue step of honoring the state’s financial commitment and obligation to these families.”
Chile Catholic church confirms priest stole babies for adoption
Reuters - 08/12/2014
Gerardo Joannon is being investigated judicially for illegally handing over an undetermined number of babies for adoption in the 1970s and 1980s, born to single mothers who were told the infants had died. The priest has said the babies were removed mainly from middle-class women due to the stigma attached to unmarried mothers at that time in Chile’s Catholic society.
Ministry develops child welfare policy
Graphic.com - 08/12/2014
Program Officer of the Department of Children, MoGCSP, Mr Christopher Lartey, said the CFW would focus on three key areas which involved family-related challenges, child maltreatment and behavior challenges. He stated the objective would be achieved through sensitization workshops for communities, regular dialogue between social workers and the members of the various communities to strengthen their capacity. A research conducted by the ministry revealed that Ghanaians had a strong family system, norms and values which could be used in providing solutions to welfare issues at the community level.
Vietnam capital may close pagoda orphanage amid child trafficking probe
Thanh Nien News - 08/11/2014
The department is currently weighing two options regarding Bo De–a philanthropic pagoda known for housing hundreds of abandoned children including those born with HIV. One option is to let Bo De’s management board register as an official orphanage and pledge to strictly conform to government regulations. The other option is to take those people away, send anyone who still has relatives home and the rest to government-run care centers.
Girls top adoption preference among foreign couples
Deccan Herald - 08/10/2014
According to the NGO which facilitates the inter-country adoption process, these figures suggest that foreign couples usually prefer adopting a Indian girl child as they are inspired by the values and traditions that an Indian woman inherits, and want their daughters to have the same qualities. The image of an Indian woman in the minds of foreigners is that of a loving, nurturing and caring woman who inherits rich values and traditions. They believe that an Indian girl would take care of their parents in their old age along with developing a strong bonding with the parents.
Four adopted women seek out their Native American roots
Al Jazeera America - 08/07/2014
For more than one hundred years, U.S. policies and practices separated Native American children from their families. Prior to 1978, when the Indian Child Welfare Act went into effect, Native American children were regularly plucked from their homes and sent to live with non-Natives. Some children grew up surrounded by love; others suffered enormous hardships. Many had a powerful desire to reconnect with the culture that they had lost.