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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.

Halt in Guatemalan adoptions may be fueling border surge

San Francisco Chronicle - 10/05/2014

Before the halt, Guatemala was one of the most popular nations for Americans looking to adopt, its system sending 4,000 children a year to this country. Now, some experts say, the closure of that adoption pipeline is contributing to the flow of unaccompanied children who have poured into the United States from Central America over the past year.

Heart-warming reunion for long lost siblings

Borneo Post Online - 10/05/2014

MATERNAL instincts run deep and no mothers will willingly part with their newborn babies. But sometimes mothers are forced by extenuating circumstances to make heart-breaking sacrifices as had happened to the late Madam Sim Lai Kiew….

The Cost of Adoption

US News - 10/02/2014

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. If you’re adopting a child from another country, the range is $15,000 to $30,000. If you’re adopting through foster care, which generally involves becoming the parent of an older child, the cost is much lower: zero to $2,500. So what exactly are you paying for, other than the opportunity to become a parent? Here’s a breakdown of where some of your money goes.

New Series Sets Out to Challenge Stigma of Adoptee Experience

NBC News - 09/30/2014

Anders – a professional name he uses in lieu of his legal name, Andrew Erickson – recently launched a web series called “American Seoul” in which he recounts and documents stories about his life as a Korean adoptee.

Can Cambodia’s orphanage system be reformed?

Aljazeera - 09/29/2014

Three years ago, Cambodia’s minister of social Affairs announced 70 privately run orphanages would be closed, effective immediately. An investigation, he said, had found these centers did not provide basic care and security for children living there. They had to shut down.

Total U.S. Child Welfare Spending Drops for First Time in Decades

The Chronicle of Social Change - 09/29/2014

An across-the-board downturn in federal dollars sparked an overall decline in child welfare spending, according to research by the group Child Trends, and it did not fall by a slight percentage. Total local federal, state and local spending, which is measured every other year by Child Trends, declined by $2.3 billion between 2010 and 2012, down from $30.5 billion to $28.2 billion.

Number of US Kids in Foster Care Up After Long Dip

Associated Press - 09/29/2014

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier. The peak was 524,000 children in foster care in 2002, and the number had dropped steadily since 2005.

Search for birth mother brings more questions than answers - 09/28/2014

Given up for adoption soon after she [Susan Johnson, 51] was born, she wants to reach out and tell her mother she has had a good life. But her adoption in Watauga County was closed, meaning the record of her birth parents remains sealed. “What am I to do next? I can’t get the original birth certificate because it’s sealed. I have nothing to start with. It’s like a fill-in-the-blank test in school, but nothing to fill in the blanks. No name, no dates, no places.”

Stephanie Grace: Rubin’s powerful argument for fairness

The Advocate - 09/28/2014

In the long run, 15th Judicial District Court Judge Edward Rubin’s opinion granting a Lafayette woman the right to adopt the young son of her spouse, who happens to be another woman, probably won’t make much difference. Rubin’s decision, which explicitly recognizes the legality of the two parents’ out-of-state marriage, is bound for the Louisiana Supreme Court, on an appeal by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

Alaska Supreme Court decision effectively blocks Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act

Alaska Federation of Natives - 09/26/2014

On September 12, 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision that will effectively bar most Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act and in doing so will increase the number of Native children severed from their families and their culture.