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Vulnerable foster children are left swinging from home to home

The Seattle Times - 03/05/2015

More efforts should be taken to find relatives in or out of state who might be willing to take in their kin’s children. Policymakers must impose the time limits mandated by law that stipulate how long children can remain in foster care before a parent’s rights are terminated and the child becomes available for adoption.
Above all, we must treat children like individuals with rights rather than as the property of their parents or silent wards of the system.

More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally

TIME Magazine - 03/05/2015

More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday. Among the signatories are 23 current and former…

Arkansas Lawmaker ‘Forced’ To Re-Home Adopted Children, Attorney Says

5 News - 03/05/2015

Harris was unavailable Thursday for comment, but he said on Facebook that he and his wife, Marsha, plan to hold a news conference Friday at 4 p.m.
Right now it’s legal in Arkansas for parents to give their adopted children to other families to raise. But a Fayetteville lawmaker wants that to be done only with court approval.

New York Foster Care Orgs Get Grant for Permanency Pact Initiative

New York Nonprofit Press - 03/04/2015

Transitioning into adulthood brings about a number of challenges for all young people, but can be particularly overwhelming for youth in care and those who have aged out of care. Without the benefits of older adults and family to provide guidance and support, foster youth are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to meeting even their most basic needs: finding a place to live, preparing for a job, becoming financially literate, and feeling secure and loved.

Language Matters, No Matter the Season

Adoption Today - 03/04/2015

Regardless of intention, a lot of language we use in adoption objectifies the child in a variety of ways and devalues the unique family relationships that are created through adoption… A child is always a child firs; constantly prefacing this with “adopted” is often unnecessary and has the feel of highlighting difference in a negative way.

Pay State Workers To Adopt

wfsu - 03/03/2015

“I think that that’s important because we’re talking about the children here.”
House Health and Human Services chair Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, wants to do just that. His bill would give state workers a $5,000 incentive for adopting children caught in the foster care system, and $10,000 for those with special needs.

Bills Would Allow Adoption Denials for Religious Beliefs

10 WILX - 03/03/2015

“This promotes diversity of agencies all across the state, both private, public and faith based and we want to make sure that that diversity continues,” said Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Twp.), who is sponsoring one of the bills. “Because we do realize with children it’s not a one size fits all approach, so why not have more options?”

‘Drop Box’ featured in film makes South Korean babies safe and welcome

The Washington Times - 03/02/2015

Moreover, South Korea passed a law a few years ago requiring mothers to register their newborns so that children can have birth records, she said. But the law has had unintended consequences — mothers are abandoning their newborns in the streets because they “are too afraid to take the risk of putting their name on a family registry.”
“What Pastor Lee has done with the baby box is respond to a really desperate situation,” said Ms. Cox, who was adopted as a child from Korea after the war. The concept shows that while these babies have been abandoned by their mothers, “they have really been abandoned by Korean society,” she said.

‘We get the kids back': Native American grandmother fights to preserve families

The Guardian - 03/02/2015

By placing her grandchildren in state foster homes outside the tribe, DSS also violated Howe’s rights under the Indian child welfare act (ICWA), a federal law that is supposed to protect children of Native American tribes from state interventions and removals. That law, experts say, is a way to shield native families from allegations of neglect based on poverty.

New study examines the effects of ‘open’ adoption on families

Newsworks - 03/02/2015

Data from the first of its kind, two decade-long study suggest that adopted children are better adjusted and have fewer behavior problems when they are happy with how much contact they have with their birth parents.