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Good news — sort of — for adoptees researching genealogy

The Jersey Journal - 04/03/2015

But beginning in 2017, an adult adopted child can request to see – and obtain a non-certified copy of – their original birth record. That means the information contained in the original birth record will be just that – information. They will not be able to use the original birth record as proof of identification or for any other legal purposes.

Dear Adoptive Parents: The Burden of Adoptee Loyalty

The Lost Daughters - 04/03/2015

You have no idea how openly you must speak, how persistently and consistently you must pursue her, in order for your child to truly feel that she can trust you, that she can truly be honest with you about her thoughts and feelings regarding her adoption, her original family, her original country. How profoundly hard being adopted is for her. Her sorrow. Her grief. Her fear. All this will remain locked away because the burden of Adoptee Loyalty is one that she cannot put down unless you help her.

Korean man faces deportation because adopted family never filed papers

MSNBC - 04/03/2015

Adam Crapser was adopted and brought to the U.S. as a child, but his family abandoned him before filing citizenship papers. Now he faces deportation. Gazillion Strong’s Kevin Vollmers and 18 Million Rising’s PaKou Her discuss…

Appeals court gives counties more power to remove kids from homes

LA Times - 04/02/2015

“It significantly expands the department’s ability to interfere with the parent-child relationship,” Jossen said. “There are many parents in this state who do everything possible but are not able to control their children.”
Child welfare experts said the case appears to be headed for the California Supreme Court because it conflicted with another state appellate court that ruled in 2010 that a parent had to be abusive or neglectful for the child to be removed from the home.

‘No Hope for Me': Women Stripped of Parental Rights After Minor Crimes

RH Reality Check - 04/02/2015

Despite these successes, she says she remains mired in a maze of state laws that are designed to protect children, but lack flexibility for parents who have been incarcerated.
Once parental rights are severed, they are all but impossible to restore, meaning that parents who were incarcerated for minor crimes can be left suffering the consequences for a lifetime, no matter how radically they transform their lives.

Fla. House committee backs bill letting adoption agencies refuse gay couples

NBC 2 - 04/02/2015

Florida banned gay adoption until five years ago, when an appeals court ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.
Since then, the state hasn’t challenged such adoptions, but the ban has remained in law.
The adoption-incentives bill would change that — and its passage sparked a backlash. For instance, Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, said he heard from a faith-based adoption agency that received a request to place a child with a homosexual — its first such request in nine years — within 20 hours of the passage of HB 7013

Revealing sibling to adopted child complex decision

The Spokesman-Review - 04/02/2015

But there were two things that were said to me in my most recent conversation that stuck with me. First, most contacts – successful or otherwise – are when the individuals are older. “This is just an 11-year-old child” my friend said. “Still too young.”… But how do we know? How do any of us ever know ahead of time when we make decisions for and about our children? I guess all we can do is just love them and do the best we can.

Plaintiffs cheer judge’s ruling in favor of Indian parents

KOTA Territory News - 04/01/2015

The case, pushed by the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux tribes, asserted that Indian parents were denied protections guaranteed under the constitution and the Indian Child Welfare Act during so–called “48 hour hearings” to determine if the state had the right to temporary child custody.

Pres. Obama Applies Pressure as Minn. Family Fights to Bring Adopted Son Home

abc 5 Eyewitness News - 04/01/2015

That’s because 18 months ago, the impoverished African nation began preventing children from leaving via adoption — first temporarily, then indefinitely. The country cited a concern for the children’s welfare.
Mardoche, and hundreds of other Congolese children like him, have been in limbo ever since.

Adam Crapser’s Bizarre Deportation Odyssey

The New York Times - 04/01/2015

After years of fighting, he was finally able to get his adoption paperwork from Thomas Crapser and in 2012 applied for a green card. Those applications typically trigger a Department of Homeland Security background investigation, which in Crapser’s case turned up his old convictions — a criminal record that made him subject to deportation.
It’s a Kafkaesque episode: Crapser’s various crimes may have warranted the punishments he received, but deportation to a country in which he had barely lived?