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Navajo Nation Makes Historic Agreement With DHHS to Handle its Tribal Foster Care
Indian Country Today - 06/30/2014
On Friday, June 27, the Navajo Nation made an historic pact with the U.S. Department of of Health and Human Services to execute a direct funding agreement through the Title IV-E program under the Social Security Act that will reimburse the tribe and its child welfare agencies for federally eligible foster care, adoptions and guardianships.
Adoption law going into effect Tuesday
The Columbian - 06/30/2014
For the first time, many adoptees in the state of Washington will be able to see the name of their birth parent. Nearly 500 people have already alerted the state’s Department of Health they would like their birth certificate and officials are expecting more once the measure takes effect.
Adoptive parent calls DCS ‘a deadbeat parent’
Indy Star - 06/30/2014
DCS promised in a contract to pay adoption subsidies to those families “if funding becomes available,” according to the lawsuit. Yet, since 2009, DCS returned more than $238.6 million to state coffers while not paying subsidies to families that have adopted – which the lawsuit argues is a violation of the families’ written contracts.
House-Senate Committees OK Adoption-Family Connection-Youth Bill
CWLA Children’s Monitor - 06/30/2014
On Thursday, June 26, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee announced an agreement on legislation to reauthorize the adoption incentives fund, the Family Connections grants, and to provide changes in state requirements regarding youth in foster care.
Gay parents who adopt find acceptance as Lake takes progressive steps
Orlando Sentinel - 06/29/2014
Gays in this state legally can adopt children – sort of. An appeals-court judge four years ago struck down the law banning adoption by any homosexual as unconstitutional, and then-Gov. Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum decided not to fight back.
Atlanta adoption agency closes after charges of violations in Congo
Reuters - 06/27/2014
An Atlanta-based international adoption agency will close after it was suspended for 90 days by U.S. authorities over allegations it paid bribes and used incorrect papers to adopt children in the Congo.
House, Senate Committees Make Deal on Adoption Incentives
The Chronicle of Social Change - 06/27/2014
The bill, H.R. 4980, is a negotiated compromise of six different bills and has the backing of the Republican-led House Ways and Means Committee, and the Democrat-led Senate Finance Committee. It could come up for a vote as early as July, when the House returns to session.
For newlyweds, possible stay of Indiana same-sex marriage ruling clouds horizon
INDY Star - 06/26/2014
A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday, leaving state officials, lawmakers, social conservatives, gay rights supporters and legal experts scrambling to sort out exactly what the decision means — and what will happen next.
Extra funding for adoption services
Belfast Telegraph - 06/26/2014
New funding is to be made available to help adopted children settle in with their new families, the Government has announced.
There are 14 times more Irish people looking to adopt than there are children available
The Journal - 06/26/2014
Witnesses at the committee were giving evidence about Ireland’s relationship with other countries in terms of adoption. Current legislation only allows for adoptions between certain nations, restricting the number of children that can be adopted into the country.