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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.

American Indians want fewer children put in foster care

Star Tribune - 05/07/2015

The act provides guidelines to child protection agencies and juvenile courts that set a high standard for placing Indian children into foster care, and it gives tribes a say in those cases. The proposed changes would raise that bar even higher, by requiring that child protection and the courts first determine if a child is Indian, and then only remove that child from a home where there is “present or impending risk of serious bodily injury or death.”Kevin Washburn, the U.S. Interior Department assistant secretary who leads the BIA, is touring the country with other agency officials to hear from tribes and the public about the proposals.

“It’s like you’re going to a funeral every day,” living in foster care and never getting adopted

FOX 17 - 05/07/2015

“Foster care, it takes a toll on you,” said Devin. “It’s kind of like, like you’re going to a funeral every day. There are people always leaving.”
Devin aged out of the system himself, meaning by his eighteenth birthday, he was never adopted.
“Family is not always what you’re born into; you can make your own family,” said Devin. “That’s what I did.”

Pasco woman arrested in adoption scam

10 News - 05/07/2015

Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 26-year-old New Port Richey woman for allegedly taking money from prospective adoptive parents for her unborn child and then never actually adopting out the baby to them.

Time to crack whip on adoption racket: SC

The Times of India - 05/07/2015

Government has no time to look into the issue. We have a case where a girl was taken to US but she was not taken care by her adopted parents and she indulged in drug trafficking. She was also not granted US citizenship. Children are being exploited and lots of money is involved in the racket but government is not doing anything,” Naphade said.

Illinois couple charged with allegedly kidnapping child

Journal Gazette and Times Courier - 05/07/2015

Prosecutors allege the Easons participated in an online discussion board with adoptive parents seeking new homes for children they no longer wanted or couldn’t care for. The Easons allegedly lied about their background, and one couple brought their adopted child to Illinois in 2007.
Prosecutors say the Easons allegedly sexually abused that child while they had custody.

Texas Close to Passing Extreme Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

Frontiers Media - 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 bill:
“We urge you to examine the research that demonstrates if we truly wish to act in good conscience towards children waiting for permanent families, we must not exclude qualified and eager prospective foster and adoptive parents,” the letter states. “Foster and adoptive parent applicants should be judged based on their qualifications, not their sexual orientation or gender identity. Enshrining discrimination into law, on the other hand, will undermine the safety and well-being of Texas’ children.”

Man searches for long-lost brother born in Philly via Facebook

The Philly Voice - 05/06/2015

Mark Smith, 48, who grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Middletown, Delaware, posted about his desire to find his sibling, who was also adopted as a baby.
The post explains that his younger brother would have been born sometime in March 1969 or 1970, which would make the man between the ages of 45 and 46, and says since they have the same biological parents, they may look alike.

Intercountry Adoption: Not Just About Numbers

Adoption Today - 05/06/2015

When we consider the issue of declining rates in intercountry adoption, we must first and foremost remember this is much more than just numbers. These are human beings with real experiences, both positive as well as areas that we need to do better in. We must then learn from those who have gone before us so that future children, however few or many they may be, are fully embraced and supported in every way…

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.