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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.

States start to crack down on parents ‘re-homing’ their adopted kids

ABA Journal - 12/01/2014

The process of re-homing has been largely unregulated-no federal laws prohibit the exchange of unwanted adopted kids. Most states allow private adoptions, but the processes vary widely and oversight is limited. In most cases, re-homing may be executed by a simple power-of-attorney letter or a notarized statement without government authorities or even any lawyers vetting the new parents.

The Tax Realities of Adoption

Forbes - 11/30/2014

While the children adopted in 2014 have brought joy to their adoptive families, they have also brought new tax realities for them. Here are some often asked questions about the Adoption Credit on federal income taxes.

Government bans adoption of children by foreigners

East African Standard - 11/29/2014

The Cabinet has approved “an indefinite moratorium on inter-country adoption of Kenyan children by foreigners….The move is a response to concerns about increased cases of child trafficking through abuse of Kenya’s adoption processes by foreigners.

Marriage equality eliminate hurdles for same-sex couple adoptions

Charleston Gazette - 11/28/2014

Sarah Kimble, a stay-at-home mom, remembers her frantic calls to attorneys in 2010, trying to find one who would represent her in legally adopting the son she was already caring for every day….She and wife Laura Kimble have been together for 11 years and have adopted three children….They say that now that marriage equality is a reality, adopting a child is no longer a discriminatory process for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians

For the first time, same-sex couples can be foster parents in Utah

Fox 13 Salt Lake City - 11/26/2014

The Utah Foster Care Foundation, a group that works with the state to find foster parents and place children with them, has started to see same-sex couples express an interest in helping out. … Utah law allows single people and legally married couples to be foster parents. That previously excluded same-sex couples, who could not legally wed. But with the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Utah’s appeal of Amendment 3 and the governor ordering state agencies to recognize same-sex marriage, it’s a new opportunity for the foster care system to reach an untapped audience.

Congressional priorities: The future of our nation’s foster care system

The Hill - 11/25/2014

With more than 100,000 children waiting in the foster care system for adoptive families, a record number homeless and an alarming increasing number of children in this country going hungry, it is time to make positive, permanent changes on behalf of children.

KC area grandparents step in to raise kids, reflecting national trend

The Kansas City Star - 11/25/2014

Munday, a Jackson County resident, is among 7 million Americans who are raising at least one grandchild — about 10 percent of the grandparent population nationwide. In just two years, that number has increased from a U.S. Census Bureau count of 2.7 million in 2012.

6 things my ‘adoptive’ parents did right

TODAY - 11/25/2014

More than 30 years ago, my parents decided to adopt after several unsuccessful attempts to have a third child. I use the loose term “adoptive” parents in that my parents adopted me, but they are just my parents – my real parents, the only ones I have ever known.

Paper trail will give a child rights, deter traffickers

The Times of India - 11/25/2014

Identifying the biological parents will facilitate access to crucial medical records and family dynamics, that have shown to help with preventive health practices of the adopted child.

Where are all the babies going?

The Times of India - 11/25/2014

Illegal placement of newborns is rampant, leading to a decline in legal adoption. In 2011-12, 205 children were adopted in Karnataka. The number dropped to 142 in 2013-14.