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10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage
Salt Lake Tribune - 06/25/2014
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. By upholding a Utah judge’s decision, a three-member panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver became the first appeals court in the nation to rule on the issue, setting a historic precedent that voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of same-sex couples to equal protection and due process.
House Panel Faults Feds Intervention Into Tribe’s Foster Care Case
NPR - 06/25/2014
Lawmakers chastised the Spirit Lake Reservation after death and abuse reports surfaced in 2012. The Bureau of Indian Affairs took over the program, but the federal government isn’t doing much better.
‘Safe haven’ overwhelmed with abandoned babies
ECNS - 06/24/2014
The Nanjing Children’s Welfare Institution in Jiangsu province has hired guards and installed surveillance cameras in its “safe haven” to prevent parents from abandoning children following the surging number of babies with physical or mental disabilities received since it was opened in December.
House Bill Would Open Eligibility, Restrict Use of Federal Foster Care Dollars
The Chronicle of Social Change - 06/24/2014
The aim of the Permanent Families for All Children Act is to push states into quicker moves to permanency – reunification, adoption or guardianship – for children.
Long scattered, adoptees search for lost families
Associated Press - 06/24/2014
Now some of the adoptees have turned to fresh DNA testing in hopes of reconnecting with the biological families they never knew, before time runs out.
America’s Unseen Export: Children, Most of Them Black
Pacific Standard - 06/24/2014
“Just as the U.S. looks to China and other countries, Canadians look to the United States,” says Jane Turner of Adopt Illinois, a private adoption agency. Adopt Illinois is one of 26 agencies in the U.S. accredited by the State Department to handle adoptions involving an American-born child and foreign parents.
Adoptive families want help for special needs children
WTHR - 06/23/2014
Indiana has 10,000 children in foster care across the state. Thousands of families caring for those children are no longer getting adoption subsidy payments, prompting a class action lawsuit and a renewed call for help.
Who I Am: The Rights of an Adoptee
New York Times - 06/22/2014
This is about people who had no say in their adoption simply having a right to know who they are, to know their genetic heritage. Those of us who aren’t adopted should be able to understand this. And yet, tired arguments about protecting birth mothers have prevented passage of good legislation again this year. The next session is just months away, and I urge the Legislature to pass a fair bill.
Louisiana governor signs law prohibiting non-legalized re-adoption of children
Jurist - 06/22/2014
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a bill prohibiting the practice of privately transferring custody of unwanted adopted children to unrelated individuals. This practice, called re-homing or non-legalized adoption, has come under scrutiny recently following a report documenting the abuses that tend to follow from such exchanges.
US adopts highest number of Indian children
Times of India - 06/21/2014
Most children adopted from India end up in homes in the US, followed by Italy. Data from a reply to an RTI filed by TOI with Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) shows that 662 children were adopted by Americans between 2010 and 2013. A total of 377 children were sent to Italy, while 149 were found homes in Spain and 88 in UAE. Related: Less than 20,000 children adopted in four