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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.

A Korean Adoptee Starts the Search for Her Birth Family

NBC News - 10/15/2014

Korean-American adoptee, Heather Schultz, inspired by the reunion stories told by other Korean-American adoptees, starts the search for her birth family.

New Michigan foster care placement policy to consider infant, toddler attachments to parents

Associated Press - 10/15/2014

Michigan Human Services Director Maura Corrigan and Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health Executive Director Deborah Weatherston made the policy announcement Wednesday in Lansing…The infant mental health advocacy group and Corrigan’s office say separation from parents can be traumatic and impair emotional, social, physical and cognitive development of very young children.

Separated sisters reunited after 63 years

Roxby Downs Sun - 10/15/2014

The sisters, separated by adoption 63 years ago, are firm in their conviction there was “something” in their psyche that kept them connected despite Joanna, now living in Cornwall, England, not knowing she had a sister or an extended family.

Huddersfield University academics to investigate effects of childhood adoption in adulthood

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner - 10/15/2014

Academics from Huddersfield University are investigating the long-term impacts of adoption amid record levels of children being found new families…Dr Jo Woodiwiss, a senior lecturer in sociology, is organising the adoption conference at the university to coincide with National Adoption Week in November.

Romanian adoptee finds her birth mother

CBC News - 10/14/2014

Juliana Tollifson is reunited with her birth mother in Romania after years of searching. Juliana has ended the long search for her birth mother. After years of chasing after leads and old documents, she reconnected with her mother in the country where she was born.

Same-Sex Adoption Now Legal in Virginia

Metro Weekly - 10/14/2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday issued a bulletin to local social service divisions throughout the commonwealth that, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Virginia, adoption between same-sex spouses is both legal and recognized as valid in the state.

Texas Attorney General: ‘It Does Not Matter’ If Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Children

Think Progress - 10/14/2014

The marriage equality fight is still playing out in many states, and on Friday, Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott (R) filed his state’s latest brief defending its ban on same-sex marriage.

Cuts to Child Welfare Force States to Spend Smarter - 10/14/2014

The first report by the Urban Institute found that total federal expenditures on children by the federal government in 2013 were up from 2012, but still below what it spent in 2010. The report further projects that outlays on children will drop as much as 10 percent through the next decade.

Orphanage care linked to thinner brain tissue in regions related to ADHD

Medical Press - 10/14/2014

Under the rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, thousands of Romanian children were placed in overcrowded orphanages with bleak conditions and minimal human contact. University of Washington research on children who began life in these institutions shows that early childhood neglect is associated with changes in brain structure.

Adoption-Rights Advocate’s Crusade Gains Ground and Notice - 10/14/2014

The latest accolade is a brief documentary that will play at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival Saturday, celebrating her successful campaign to restore the rights of Ohio adoptees to get their birth records.