Saturday, December 8, 2012

New CT Law

From HartfordBusiness.com:

A Windham teen is the first juvenile adopted under a new state law that expands the family court's role in such matters, authorities say.
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MR

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

FCPA Issues in Hosting Foreign Adoption Officials

From the Wall Street Journal:

The Department of Justice blessed a plan by 19 non-profit child-adoption agencies to bring foreign officials to the U.S., saying it wouldn’t violate a U.S. foreign bribery law.

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MR

November 29, 2012 in Adoption, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Adoption Tax Credit

From Bradenton Herald:

November is designated as Adoption Month in Florida.

Special events are happening all over the state to highlight the number of children available for adoption in Florida. In the 12th Circuit, events are centered around a picnic where potential adoptive families have the opportunity to meet and have fun with some of the local children who are available for adoption. On Nov. 16, the circuit will celebrate Adoption Day in the court where 23 children will be adopted into forever families.

Adoption Month presents an opportune time to take action if you are a family thinking of adoption. Private adoption can cost $30,000 or more. Adopting a child from foster care can have minimal or no out-of-pocket cost. On Dec. 31, 2012, the Federal Adoption Tax Credit expires. Families who adopt a child before the 2012 deadline may qualify for a $12,650 tax credit that can be used against a tax liability for up to five years. After Dec. 31, the only tax assistance available will be a $6,000 non-refundable credit for the adoption of a special needs child.

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MR


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Adoption in the Media

From the Huffington Post:

Diggs moved ahead with the adoption after the 30 days passed and sees Morgan regularly. The show premieres with her story and that of Morgan's two dads on Oct. 30, with other segments featuring other same-sex and heterosexual couples.

The series, produced by Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, coincides with a heart-wrenching account of domestic adoption gone wrong in the October issue of Vogue magazine, headlined "The Long Wait."

New York writer Jennifer Gilmore chronicles her failed attempts to conceive with her husband and their two years of trying to arrange an open adoption, so their baby's biological parents could be part of their lives. The difference: This story's ending wasn't a happy one for the childless couple.

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MR

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Adoption in Northern Ireland

A judge in Belfast has ruled gay and unmarried couples in Northern Ireland can now adopt children.  The ruling overturns a 1987 law that discriminated against both groups.  The judge stated the law “violated human rights laws on privacy and discrimination.”  Read more here in the Washington Post.

MR

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Adoption Subsidies

A new blog post at the Huffington Post, written by Adam Pertman and Georgia Deoudes, highlights the importance of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980.  The Act, which requires states to provide subsidies to parents who are forming families through adoption, help a large percentage of low-income households.  Nationally, 46% of families adopting from care “are at or below 200% of the poverty level.”

Read more here.

MR

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Adoptions in MN

From NECN.com:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota leads the country in the number of international adoptions per capita, but tighter regulations have caused those numbers to drop sharply in recent years.

That's left families adrift and forced one of the state's oldest agencies to scale back on the number of adoptions it arranges.

The number of foreign children adopted by Americans has plummeted from 22,991 in 2004 to 9,319 in 2011, according to U.S. State Department statistics. Minnesota has experienced a similar decline. In 2005, the state reported 923 international adoptions. The number has fallen every year since then, reaching a low of 355 adoptions last year.

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MR

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Irish Adoptions in FL

From Irish Central:

Childless Irish couples are flocking to the sunshine state of Florida to adopt babies, according to new figures.

Statistics released by Ireland’s Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald reveal the increase in Florida adoptions.

The figures from Fitzgerald’s department reveal that 17 babies were adopted by Irish couples there in 2011.

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MR

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Same-Sex Adoption Suit in NC

From charlotteobserver.com:

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sued North Carolina, hoping to overturn state laws that prevent gay and lesbian couples from adopting their partners’ children.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six North Carolina same-sex couples who are seeking to provide their children with two legal parents.

The couples are hoping to obtain what’s called second-parent adoptions. That occurs when one unmarried partner adopts the other partner’s biological or adopted child. The ACLU says the N.C. Supreme Court has banned second-parent adoptions for same-sex couples.

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MR


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adoption from Africa

From CNN:

A new report from The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) entitled "Africa: The New Frontier for Intercountry Adoption," says the trend indicates that receiving countries are turning "en masse" to Africa to meet demand for adoptive children as other options close. It's a trend, they say, that needs to stop.

"It must at all costs be discouraged. It should be a last resort and an exception rather than the normal recourse to solving the situation of children in difficult circumstances, as it seems to have now become," said David Mugawe, executive director of the ACPF in a press statement.

The group says that the lack of regulation combined with the promise of money from abroad had turned children into "commodities in the graying and increasingly amoral world of intercountry adoption."

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MR

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Heartwarming Adoption Story...

...recently ran in the Baltimore Sun.  Read it here.

MR

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

VA Interference with Paternal Rights

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday gave new life to the legal battle over a child known as Baby Emma by ruling her father was "purposefully kept in the dark" about her Utah adoption and could argue in federal court that the proceedings interfered with his parental rights.

In a split decision, the justices said John Wyatt could pursue monetary damages in federal court for loss of companionship, mental anguish, loss of services and expenses incurred in his fight to recover his now 3-year-old daughter. Wyatt has a lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Mark McDermott, a Virginia attorney; A Act of Love, a Utah adoption agency; Lorraine Moon, the agency employee who facilitated the adoption; Larry Jenkins, a Utah attorney; and the adoptive parents.

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MR

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Modern Day Adoptions

A new report shows far more open adoptions than closed.  Read more here.

MR

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Abduction for Adoption?

From Yahoo! News:

Last month, a Dan Rather Reports producer and crew were in Canberra, Australia as Parliament released the findings of an 18-month-long investigation revealing illegal and unethical tactics used to convince young, unmarried mothers to surrender their babies to adoptive homes from the late 1940s to the 1980s. And we interviewed some of the victims -- adoptees and mothers separated at birth.

Read more, and see a related video, here.

MR

HT: Elizabeth MacDowell

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Protecting Assets by Adopting Lover

From the Daily Mail:

When a man wants to spend the rest of his life with a woman, he often extends an offer to her to become part of his family.

But International Polo Club Palm Beach founder John Goodman, 48, did so in a very unorthodox way.

The multimillionaire trust-fund heir adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend Heather Laruso Hutchins last fall, after being accused of drunk driving in a 2010 accident that left 23-year-old Scott Wilson dead.

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MR

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Monday, January 23, 2012

British Courts on Adoption of Baby Resulting from Affair

From the Independent:

A Muslim man who had a baby with an unmarried woman has been told that his daughter must remain with an adopted family because there is too great a risk that his love child could become the victim of a so-called “honour killing”.

Three senior judges today ruled that a “desire to preserve the family’s honour” among the mother’s relatives meant placing the child with the father was simply too dangerous.

Describing the case as an “exceptionally difficult adoption proceeding”, the Court of Appeal ruled that a family court judge had been right to insist that the child be brought up by Muslin foster parents for her own safety.

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MR

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Child Custody Battle under Indian Child Welfare Act

From WLTX.com: 

Lowcountry couple with a Midlands connection is working to get back the little girl they adopted two years ago, after a judge granted custody to the biological father under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

"I'll always remember her crying when we had to - we had to walk out of that office and leave her there," says Melanie Capobianco. Two years ago, she and her husband Matt first helped to welcome Veronica into the world.

According to their website, her birth mother selected the Charleston couple to adopt her and they remain close. They also say her birth father signed a document saying he wouldn't contest the adoption. But after a court battle, Veronica's birth father claimed custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

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MR

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Facebook Stalking in Family Law...Again

From the London Telegraph:

The popularity of social networking websites has seen an increase in breaches of guidelines against unplanned contact with hundreds of adopted children unexpectedly hearing from their natural families.

In the worst cases, some young people taken into care in the 1990s have seen relationships with their adoptive families completely break down after hearing from their biological parents.

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MR

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Adoption in England

From the BBC:

A Liberal Democrat MP is claiming up to 1,000 children a year in England are being adopted for the "wrong" reasons and should stay with their families.

John Hemming says the threshold for taking children into care is also often too low.

He is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the secret court decisions that lead to many adoptions.

But his claims have been strongly disputed by the government's adoption adviser Martin Narey.

Both men have been giving evidence to the Commons Education Committee inquiry into child protection.

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MR

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Private Adoption Agencies in India Shutting Down

From the Times of India:

BANGALORE: Too many regulations and red tape is forcing closure of many private adoption agencies in the city.

Ashraya, a Bangalore-based adoption agency which found home for nearly 3,000 children, is shutting shop on December 31. Many may follow suit.

Sources say that what used to be a one-to-three-month exercise to facilitate adoption has gone up to two years even, thanks to the lengthy procedure.

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MR

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