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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.

Children of illegal adoption clinic look to find family decades later

WRCB 3 Chattanooga - 06/21/2014

Paul Payne has known since the age of 5 that he was adopted. Born in McCaysville, Georgia he grew up in Florida but never knew the story behind his adoption until the 90′s when news broke of an off the book clinic in McCaysville that operated in the 1950′s and 60′s.

Post-adoption services expand

Hickory Record - 06/19/2014

The Child Wellbeing Project is expanding to assist adoptive families in an eight-county region of North Carolina. The program uses the success coach model of post-adoption services.

BAAF matches record number of children with adoptive families

Family Law Week - 06/18/2014

The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) matched over 1,000 children with adoptive families over the past year. This is the first time in its 34 years of ‘Placing Children First’ that BAAF’s family finding services have done so.

Adoption of orphans on downward trend

Ecns - 06/18/2014

The number of orphans adopted in China has been falling since 2010, according to an annual report from the top civil affairs authority on Tuesday.

Adoptees’ bill of rights getting late push in Albany

Newsday - 06/18/2014

A bill of rights for adoptees is part of the final days of negotiation in Albany and could provide new hope to people who are adopted and to the birth parents who may be desperately seeking to contact them.

Russia: OPINION: US Does Little to Protect Russian Adoptees from Abuse

RIA Novosti - 06/17/2014

After Russia imposed an adoption ban on US citizens, Russian children living in the US were left unattended by local authorities, a prominent social worker from Texas told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

UT: LDS Family Services shifts from adoption agency to adoption counseling

Deseret News - 06/17/2014

Tuesday’s announcement comes at a time when religious-based adoption agencies around the country are under pressure to facilitate adoptions for same-sex couples.

At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law

New York Times - 06/17/2014

Recently Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court Judge Margarita López Torres ruled that second parent adoption for same-sex couples was neither “necessary nor available” since a “presumption of parenthood” exists for all married couples. Although this ruling can make the adoption process much more efficient it also comes with its own set of challenges such as having legal documentation of donor’s termination of parental rights and legal recognition of the child’s same-sex parents in states where same-sex marriage is not legalized.

US: Who am I? US adoptees finally winning birth certificate rights

Reuters - 06/16/2014

Connecticut’s move to open birth records followed decades of lobbying and came a month after New Jersey took similar steps.

Oprah Winfrey Network to Air Groundbreaking Foster Care Show July 3rd

The Chronicle of Social Change - 06/16/2014

The lights came down and the room fell into the world I have explored for the past seven years, the world I share with Lauren and the world I want to share with you. It’s the hard edge of our society; where children face things they should never have to, and a dedicated subculture of adults struggles to make it all better.