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Love, Panic, Adoption and Jerk-Chicken Knishes

Motherlode - 02/17/2015

But jokes aside, there is no denying that I worry about how disconnected Evy is going to feel as she gets older and tries to figure out what her identity is. I hope most of the stares Evy gets as we go through the world with her are because she is an adorable child, but I know that many of them will be because she is a dark-skinned child with whiter-than-white parents.

Adopted as a Child, Now a Mother, Finally ‘Lucky’

Motherlode - 02/15/2015

While strangers often pointed out our biological differences, we never spoke about them at home. Overhearing her mention them broke open my own denial that we were connected in ways that we weren’t.
​ ​Yet here I was, 34 years later, being told that my newborn daughter — an actual living, breathing being — resembled me.

A Small Footnote From the Adoption Province: Land of Gazillion Adoptees v. Who?

Daily KOS - 02/13/2015

In the grand scheme of the adoption reform and adoption abolishing world with all its self-effacing individuals, this non event really doesn’t matter. The LGA criticism works maybe as a means to create community in the house, but doesn’t it hinder LGA at the same time to get out of the house?

SC must close loophole that endangers children through ‘re-homing’

The State - 02/11/2015

In July, a federal official told a U.S. Senate panel that the best way to prevent re-homing was to provide enhanced preparation, support and post-adoption services for adoptive families, particularly those adopting children internationally. Wisely, the S.C. legislation includes such services.

Children’s Ombudsman Wants Probe Into U.S. Adoptions of Russian Orphans

The Moscow Times - 02/10/2015

Commenting on a recent report by the U.S. State Department that showed that 11 adopted children arrived in the U.S. from Russia in 2014, Pavel Astakhov blamed marriages where one of the spouses is a Russian citizen, the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday.
“Adoptive parents use that loophole and take children out of the country that way, circumventing the law,” Astakhov was quoted as saying.

Colorado senator’s bill aims to get youth from foster care, into college

Colorado Public Radio - 02/10/2015

Newell’s bill would set up a formal collaborative between higher education and county and child welfare officials. The idea is to create a coordinated support network to help foster youth onto campus or into job training.

“Banished baby” finds birth mother after almost 45 years

First Coast News - 02/10/2015

But the connection was just the first in an amazing trail of discovery. Far from abandoning her daughter, Deasey learned, her mother had loved her — breastfed her for three weeks before she was taken away, and once even snuck into the nursery to give her baby the booties she’d knitted.

A renewed push for an Adoptee Bill of Rights in New York State

WNYT News 13 - 02/10/2015

The assemblyman calls the current legal obstacle a civil rights issue, “Why should an adult adoptee have less rights than any other adult citizen in the state of New York?, said Weprin. The bill would allow for an adopted person, 18 years or older to get a copy of their original birth certificate and medical records. As of now, those documents are sealed at the time of adoption.

States could share putative father registry information under bill approved by House committee

Deseret News - 02/09/2015

Under SB10, other states could participate in a compact to share the information regarding putative fathers who are attempting to preserve their parental rights but may not know where the biological mother resides.

Three Minutes: Erin Kiernan on Equality for Adoptive Parents

Who TV 13 - 02/09/2015

Instead of the hospital, some new parents bring their child home from a courtroom. But that doesn`t make the child any less theirs… Erin Kiernan believes adoptive parents should be entitled to paid leave and she`s trying to get Iowa lawmakers on board.