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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tips for Holiday with In-Laws



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Friday, December 14, 2012

Child Custody Dispute

From ABC News:

A judge has ordered a Utah couple to return their adopted toddler to her biological father after it was revealed that his wife gave up the child without the father's knowledge or permission.

The couple, Jared and Kristi Frei, now has 60 days to return the 21-month-old girl to her father Terry Achane, a U.S. Army drill instructor. But the Freis' lawyer told that they will not give up the girl, whom they call Leah, and will appeal the judge's ruling.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Internet Changing Adoption

For an interesting account of how the internet is changing adoption, Download Adoption1 and Download Adoption2.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Foster Parents

From the Star:

A couple who had three foster children removed from their care because of their membership of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) have said council leaders should consider resigning after they failed to apologise.

The South Yorkshire couple said the council had told them they can only care for white children.

They said they would not have taken on the three children - a baby girl, a boy and an older girl - from an ethnic minority background if they were racist.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Family Law Case Before U.S. Supreme Court

From Margaret Ryznar, writing for the Huffington Post blog:

Many parents embroiled in child custody cases might only dream of bringing their cases to the highest court in the land, yet this became reality for Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Lee Chafin last week, when oral arguments were heard by the United States Supreme Court in his case, Chafin v. Chafin, 11-1347.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case by granting rare mid-summer cert in the case in 2012. Chafin is further unique because only approximately 1 percent of all cases presented to the Supreme Court are heard, and among those, few are family law cases, which are ordinarily heard in the state courts. However, a circuit split between the American federal appellate courts on Hague Convention return cases such as this one provided Sergeant Chafin with a compelling question to bring to the United States Supreme Court.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review of Same-Sex Marriage on Ballots

Washington Post blogger Jonathan Capeheart writes about the passage of marriage equality measures that occurred on Election Day in Maryland, Maine, and Washington state.  He also notes the defeat of a ballot measure in Minnesota attempting to ban same-sex marriage, the first time in history that one such state ballot measure was struck down.  Capeheart also speaks about the upcoming review of possible Supreme Court same-sex marriage cases, and whether or not the American people’s views will affect whether or not the cases are taken up.

Read more here.


December 11, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Divorce on Sesame Street

From Time:

In early 1992, a census report predicted that 40% of children would soon live in divorced homes. As one of the most famous children’s-television programs in the world, Sesame Street was determined to take on a topic most kids shows wouldn’t touch. They cast Snuffy, a.k.a. Mr. Snuffleupagus, for the part of a child with divorced parents.

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Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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Cost of Raising a Child

Monday, December 10, 2012

Children & Irish Constitution

In the Irish government’s quest for voters to insert stronger rights for children into the constitution, “a measure designed to make it easier for state agencies to protect children from abuse and for neglected kids to be adopted,” the snag hit by the Irish Supreme Court claiming the government’s information booklet urging a “yes” vote mailed to the millions of Irish households was “not fully accurate and violated referendum laws” was unanticipated.  The government has since apologized, but still urged voters to vote yes.

Read more here.


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