Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Naomi Cahn's "The New Kinship: Constructing Donor Conceived Families"

Naomi Cahn’s book, The New Kinship:  Constructing Donor Conceived Families, is now out from New York University Press, the second in their series Families, Law and Society.  Be sure to check it out at the NYU Press booth at AALS.

The series, Families, Law and Society, is an ongoing series devoted to family law subjects, broadly defined, so should you have an idea or a manuscript that you would like to discuss, either contact Nancy Dowd, the series editor, at, or the NYU Press editor, Clara Platter, at Both Nancy and Clara will be at AALS also.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Winter


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Another Adoption Agency Closes

From the

Marywood Children and Family Services, a 91-year-old Austin adoption agency that struggled in recent years with financial problems and plummeting placements, will close at the end of this month.

The group, a ministry of Catholic Charities of Central Texas, will shutter its doors Dec. 31, said Barbara Budde, director of the Office of Social Concerns at the Catholic Diocese of Austin. Two staffers will be laid off. Another two have already transitioned into other jobs at the diocese and the executive director plans to retire.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ranch for Kids in Case


The dispute between a ranch for troubled children adopted abroad and the Montana officials who want it either regulated or closed may come down to how a judge defines what a church is.

On one side, Ranch For Kids owner Joyce Sterkel says her boarding school in Eureka near the Canadian border should be free from state oversight because of an exemption in the law for ministries of local churches. She and the head of the Epicenter International Missions Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2011 making the ranch an “adjunct ministry” of Epicenter.

On the other side, a state Department of Labor and Industry board charges that Sterkel is hiding behind the religious exemption to skirt its fees and regulations. The regulators say Sterkel only entered into the adjunct ministry agreement after the board sent her a cease-and-desist letter for operating without a license.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cambodia Lifts US Adoption Ban


Cambodia has decided to lift its 3-year-old ban on adoptions of children by U.S. citizens, the country's foreign ministry has announced.

Secretary of State Long Visalo made the announcement Monday after meeting with U.S. Ambassador Susan Jacobs, a special adviser for children's issues, the Phnom Penh Post reported.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Parents React

Jacoba Urist writes for NBC:

Parents everywhere reacted with the same horror to the shooting massacre at a Newton, Conn., elementary school that killed more than two dozen people, 20 twenty of them small children. But moms and dads don't speak with one voice when it comes to what this tragedy should mean for gun control. While all are united in their desire to protect the nation's children, they are deeply divided when it comes to how that should happen in terms of guns.

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December 17, 2012 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Custody in Digital Age

From the New York Times:

MOST divorced couples would probably prefer not to see each other. Ever again. But when you share custody of your children, you have to assume a certain amount of face-to-face time amid the endless back-and-forthing.

Think of the clashing summer vacation plans, the who-goes-to-Lucy’s-birthday-party, the “Max forgot his homework again” at Dad’s. And those devilish contretemps that can arise if Mom, for example, decides to keep her house kosher while Dad serves the children pork chops. Or if her new boyfriend is suddenly sleeping over on “her” nights to host the children.

Let’s just say that no matter how well ex-spouses and still-parents coordinate, there’s a good chance of teary phone calls, angry exchanges during drop-off, and all-out fights about who’s not saving enough for college, often played out smack in front of the children.

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