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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.

Major Child Advocacy Groups Oppose Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill in Texas

Human Rights Campaign - 05/06/2015

In a letter to Texas lawmakers, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), Voice for Adoption (VFA), and North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) blasted the legislation that would empower adoption agencies to discriminate against eligible parents and guardians. If passed, the discriminatory bill would deny countless children access to caring homes.

Adoption Reunion on Social Media

The Adoptee Survival Guide - 05/05/2015

When I reunited with my birth mother in 2006, everything was done by letter (snail mail) as that was a requirement of the adoption agency. Of course people have been using the internet for years to discover public information, find photos in on-line yearbooks and for genealogy research. The internet has changed search and reunion forever — allowing us to find information much quicker than the old days of looking through books at the library.

Tax credits help offset the high cost of adoption

New Pittsburgh Courier - 05/05/2015

On April 15, U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced legislation to make the credit refundable again. In a statement, both senators said many families who are adopting don’t earn enough to claim the credit at all and cited federal data that showed almost half of families adopting from foster care are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Casey introduced similar legislation in 2013.

Army Vet Allen Thomas Searches for Twins He Left Behind in Korea in ’70s

NBC News - 05/05/2015

When American soldier Allen Thomas waved goodbye to his twins at an airport in Korea in 1971, he had no idea it would be the last time he would see them.
More than 40 years later, the veteran has turned to social media in an effort to locate his long-lost children, who were put up for adoption after he returned to the United States.
“I just want to see my kids and know that they are okay. I want to let them know I love them,” Thomas said.

Changes To Adoption Laws Will Allow Couples To Advertise For Children

10 TV - 05/05/2015

He says recent changes to Ohio law offer more protection and options for adoptive families.
The changes shorten the amount of time birth fathers have to sign up for the Putative Father Birth Registry from 30 to 15 days. Adoptions can now be contested only six months after finalization, reduced from the previous one-year period. The change also creates a pre-birth notice for birth fathers that an adoption is in the works.

Newborns illegally given up for adoption decades ago

Aljazeera America - 05/05/2015

Dozens of black women were told their newborns had died after childbirth, but it turns out they may have been stolen

National Foster Care Month Emphasizes Every Child Deserves a Family

Edge Media Network - 05/05/2015

Supporters will share adoption and foster care stories, post photos and graphics through social media channels using the hashtag #ECDF and join the Every Child Deserves a Family Act re-introduction TweetChat, May 19th at 2:00 p.m./et with lead sponsors Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Constituents will learn more about the bill and how to urge their members of Congress to support the legislation.

Foster Parent Licensing for Relatives: An Unnecessary Barrier to Permanency

Youth Today - 05/04/2015

All over the nation, there is a big push to keep children out of foster care with strangers and place them with relatives. This policy stems from the knowledge that it is best for children to be with family and also from the increasing shortage of qualified foster parents. Unnecessary requirements should not interfere with the interest of the state in placing children with their families.

Reunited mother, daughter seeking court records

UT San Diego - 05/04/2015

A woman who recently reunited with her 49-year-old daughter filed a petition Monday seeking court files and adoption records that might shed light on what exactly happened in 1965 at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, where the mother says she was told her newborn baby was dead.

Teens who age out of foster care on the decline

The News Star - 05/02/2015

“It’s a sad indictment that many of these vulnerable youth, often still suffering the trauma of childhood experiences that brought them into care in the first place, will leave the care system emotionally and financially ill-prepared for what lies ahead,” Kirby said. “Why would we expect this fragile group, typically less ready than the average teenager, to be able to cope with independent adult life at 18?”